Michael Sherrill using an Atomizer Sprayer

Michael Sherrill at Centro De Arte, Curaumilla, Chile

 

October 15, 2019 by Scott Allen
Tags: Art Learn

TALK THE TALK AND WALK THE WALK

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 - 7PM EDT

Artist talk with Michael Sherrill

Peruse the Renwick Gallery’s exhibition Michael Sherrill Retrospective, then join the artist for a discussion about his work. Made primarily of clay, metal, and glass, Sherrill talks about how his artworks explore our relationship with these materials. He also shares the development of his clay tool line, MudTools. The talk is followed by a question and answer session with the artist.

Photos by Scott Allen at Hang the Moon Photography.

Categories - After Five, Lectures & Discussions
 
Building - Renwick Gallery
 
Event Location - 2nd floor, Rubenstein Grand Salon

Co-sponsor - Renwick Gallery

Cost - Free; walk-in

Part of series - Featured Programs

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2019, 12-1PM

Nature Walk with Michael Sherrill, Golden Triangle BID, and Smithsonian Gardens

Take a stroll through the Renwick Gallery’s Golden Triangle neighborhood with artist Michael Sherrill, horticulturist James Gagliardi from Smithsonian Gardens, and David Suls, senior director of planning and policy at the Golden Triangle BID. The group leads a walking tour to explore the innovative rain garden landscaping in the neighborhood. Be sure to check out the exhibition Michael Sherrill Retrospective at the Renwick to see how Sherrill’s artwork reimagines the natural world in creative new ways.

Meet in front of Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue.

Categories - Gallery Talks & Tours, 

Building - Renwick Gallery

Event Location - First floor lobby

Co-sponsor - Renwick Gallery

Cost - Free; walk-in

 

September 10, 2019 by Scott Allen
Tags: Art

Washington Post Review of Michael Sherrill Retrospective

By Mark Jenkins
August 30 at 8:00 AM

 

North Carolina ceramist Michael Sherrill set out to make if not a better teapot, at least a more distinctive one. The Renwick Gallery’s “Michael Sherrill Retrospective” demonstrates clearly that he succeeded. But it’s what he did next that makes this exhibition so memorable.

The show, organized by Charlotte’s Mint Museum, covers more than 40 years in the largely self-educated artist’s life. It includes 73 items, beginning with inventive but relatively conventional pieces made in the 1970s and culminating with recent mixed-media, nature-inspired creations in which form entirely dispenses with function.

Sherrill’s tea vessels are notable for their fanciful contours and shimmering glazes, which can simulate gray-silver metal or produce rainbows of graduated hues. As the artist continued to innovate, the pots got bigger and their parts more exaggerated. These agreeably cartoonish creations are far too large for conventional use, with enormous spouts that compete for attention with the object’s central part.

Some of the teapots and other items, among them oddly beautiful “oil cans” that exalt industrial design, evoke myth, literature and Sherrill’s own background. “Right and Left Brain” comprises two identically shaped vessels, one multicolored and the other black-and-white. The artist, who is dyslexic, has written a chapter of his autobiography in fired clay.

The ceramist has spent his adult life in the North Carolina mountains and now maintains a studio near the evocatively named town of Bat Cave. Over time, the surrounding landscape has figuratively infiltrated his studio. Much of Sherrill’s later work borrows motifs from the forest and expands into other materials. The show’s final gallery blooms with exquisite floral arrangements in porcelain, bronze and glass. Most of the inspirations are botanical, but in one 3-D tableaux coils a snake rendered in green glass.

Sherrill hasn’t entirely forgotten teapots. There’s a lovely, if not especially functional, 2005 one that emulates the soft shape of a folded elephant-ear plant leaf. But this potter’s journey has sent him far from the housewares department and deep into the woods.

August 31, 2019 by Scott Allen
Tags: Art

October Issue - CERAMICS MONTHLY

LOOK FOR THE CERAMICS MONTHLY - OCTOBER ISSUE
It features Michael Sherrill's "A Beautiful Death" on the cover as well as an article on the artist                                                                                                                  
 
August 27, 2019 by Scott Allen
Tags: Art

Listen to the Mint Museum's podcast "Art Crush" featuring Michael Sherrill.

 "Michael Sherrill part 1 and 2" produced by the Mint Museum's series Art Crush and hosted by Sheri Lynch.

 

        

August 14, 2019 by Scott Allen
Tags: Art

MICHAEL SHERRILL RETROSPECTIVE

I am pleased to announce my upcoming retrospective!

June 28, 2018 by Kelly Muse
Tags: Art