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.