Eat Clay or Die

Thank you to all the artists who participated in Eat Clay or Die! The Bakery is now closed.

The bakery is open! But watch out - these goodies are baked at thousands of degrees and they're not as sweet as they look.

Greenwich House Pottery is pleased to present the exhibition ‘Eat Clay or Die!’ in our Storefront Gallery (May 12th - June 6th, 2008). This exhbition, which transforms the window of our 1928 red-brick building into a faux bakery, is co-curated by GHP Resident Artist Susannah Tisue and GHP Member Artist Michele Quan. Strolling down Jones Street, a quiet block in the West Village, you discover a shop window filled with mouth-watering sweets: trays upon trays of pastries, cakes and candies stimulate the taste buds and promise a moment of delicious fulfillment. "Must go inside," you think to yourself. But further investigation reveals that the sweets are all made of clay, as hard and unyielding as a rock. Here, dozens of artists working out of Greenwich House Pottery have collaborated on a mouth-watering trompe l’oeil installation.

Tiny licorice devils dance among licorice allsorts. Glazed doughnuts and petit fours reveal secrets, ideas or celebrations. Hand-crafted cake stands and platters become pedestals, supporting momentous cakes filled with memories, dreams and fantasies while candy hearts and bittersweet checkerboard cookies wield darkness and light. On the surface, hard and glossy; within, sweet and complex. "Eat Clay or Die!" is an irreverent exploration of the nature of desire and consumption, preserved forever in the world's oldest synthetic material.

Proceeds from ‘Eat Clay or Die!’ directly benefit the artists and Greenwich House Pottery’s educational programs which support emerging ceramic artists from age 4 through post-MFA residencies and beyond.

Featured Artists:

Simon Armstrong, Lisa Barnstone, Nancy Bauch, Stephanie Becker, Cassie Berkowitz, Michael Boyer, Christina Case, Ruby Chang, Stella Chasteen, Suzan Courtney, Christy Ellis, Karen Farquhar, Del Pitt Feldman, Mark Feldman, Maggie Feuchter, Shanna Fliegel, Suzy Goodelman, Susanne Greene, Francine Harris, Mari Heinonen, Greg Hendren, Elizabeth Hershon, Rosemarie Hittmeyer, Louise Hoffman, Carolyn Judson, Eve Kaplan, Megan Karlen, Whittney Klann, Jeanne Lieb, Lucien Mervin-Leroy, Yves Mervin-Leroy , Kate Missett, Brad Parsons, Adams Puryear, Michele Quan, Elsie Quan-Fisher, Jackie Rines, Nickie Ritchie, Frances Roberts, Deborah G. Seidman, Marylin Silverman, Sean Bluechel, Melissa Stanley, Lulu Yee, David Tesdell, Susannah Tisue, Liadain Warwick Smith, Adam Welch, Liz Whelan, Kathy Sykes

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