Bahamian Ceramic Talent Showcased at ACE 2013

Apart from my desire to develop in The Bahamas an appreciation for the beauty and artistic merit of ceramics, I also wanted to work towards ensuring the sustainability of the art form in our country
— Jessica Colebrooke, Founder, ACE

Opening night of the All Ceramics Exhibition (ACE)  2013 highlighted a wealth of Bahamian creative talent whose pieces will remain on display at Doongalik Studios until November 9th.

ACE is the brainchild of well-known Bahamian ceramicist Jessica Colebrooke, and was founded in 2009 as a biennial platform to help raise awareness of local ceramic artists and elevate the public profile of the art form. 


"Apart from my desire to develop in The Bahamas an appreciation for the beauty and artistic merit of ceramics, I also wanted to work towards ensuring the sustainability of the art form in our country. This can only happen if we encourage younger Bahamians to become ceramic artists, so a scholarship award became an essential part of ACE," said Colebrooke.

Since its inception, the All Ceramic Exhibition has been able to give two scholarships. The first was awarded to Alistair Stevenson who has now gone off to China to continue his studies. The second scholarship was awarded to Jovana Sands, Colebrooke said.

She added that although teacups and bowls may seem to be extremely utilitarian products, the goal of ACE is to demonstrate that they can be so much more.

"We hope to raise a plain everyday item to the level of fine art collectable" said Colebrooke.

The key word "flamboyant" is basically the artists' license to raise the production of the mundane teacup and bowl to the level of fine art.

"We challenged these artists to take their designs to wherever their imaginations led them," she said.

The show is sponsored by: DanBrad Ltd; Dawn Davies; The D'Aguilar Art Foundation; Neko and Patricia Meicholas and Jessica's Tileworks Studio Ltd.

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ACE 2013 "My Flamboyant Teacups and Bowls"

"A Little Attitude"  Ceramic bowl, wheel thrown and altered.  Lisa Codella, 2013

 "Elements" Tea Totems.  Air, Water, Fire. Wheel thrown and hand sculpted. Lisa Codella, 2013

"Biggety" - Wheel thrown and altered bowl.  Lisa Codella, 2013

 "Chasm" - Hand built. Lisa Codella, 2013.

Will I see you on Thursday? The countdown is on for opening night of the All Ceramics Exhibition (ACE) 2013, this Thursday, October 24th at Doongalik Studios, Village Road.

My 7 Stages of ACE:

Stage 1: Euphoria! You've been accepted to show pieces alongside amazingly talented ceramic artists!  

Stage 2: Panic! You've been accepted to show pieces alongside amazingly talented ceramic artists!

Stage 3: Creative Overload.  A floodgate of ideas scream for your attention, each one seemingly more flamboyant than the other.

Stage 4: Creative Reality Check. Ideas are quickly narrowed down as technical aspects of production determine which flamboyant pieces will make the cut.

Stage 5: Kiln Karma. Waiting, watching, praying that the kiln will be your friend just this one... more... time.

Stage 6: Bag Lady and Bag Lady Junior. Pieces fired and delivered with the help of a trooper of a daughter, a very patient Bahamasair flight attendant, and nine kind and merciful aisle passengers who said nothing despite all of the jostling from 2 passengers with way too many carry on bags!

Stage 7: Mix and Mingle! Can't wait to spend some time with newfound fellow artists and art lovers from all walks of life right here in Paradise! Hope to see you on Thursday!

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