Cumberland University


New ceramics exhibit coming to Adams Gallery



Ceramic artists Chase Gamblin and Wesley Smith will present a free exhibit from Nov. 1-29 in Cumberland University’s Adams Gallery, located in the campus’ Heydel Fine Arts Center.

An opening reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 1. Gamblin and Smith will present gallery talks at 6 p.m.

The collaborative exhibit, “Referential: 1225 Miles Apart,” will feature work from two different time periods: the year that Gamblin and Smith worked together at the University of North Dakota from 2010-2011, and the past year and a half in which the two artists taught while 1225 miles apart.

Gamblin is an adjunct professor at Cumberland University, where he has built the ceramics program for the past year and a half. Smith is the associate professor of ceramics at the University of North Dakota, where he has taught and expanded the program for the past seven years.

Gamblin and Smith first started working together as student and mentor when they met in 2003 at the Appalachian Center for Craft. Since then, they have also worked together as colleagues, and now as friends.

Though both artists enjoy and utilize wood-firing techniques, Smith’s approach is quite different from Gamblin’s. Smith creates objects that resemble creatures or growths coming out of or from his vessels. Gamblin creates “stacked vessels” which are composed of multiple parts that he hand throws on the wheel. Wood-firing is his primary process for finishing out his vessels.

“I enjoy working with the vessel because I feel that everyone can relate to it,” Gamblin said. “There is something very visceral about the process of throwing and wood-firing that lends itself to something natural yet handmade.”

The Adams Gallery program is sponsored by the Cumberland University Fine Arts Council and The Thackston Family Foundation. For more information, call (615) 547-1364.