Museum-quality ceramics

Ceramics by Otar Vepkhvadze; copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.

When we entered Lado Gudiashvili Exhibition Hall to see the ceramics by Otar Vepkhvadze, I thought we had entered a museum. The ceramics pieces look ancient as if they had suffered with the passage of time. They have cracks and multiple layers, with pieces of the upper layer missing in spots. The earth-tone colors seem faded, and the ceramics often are heavily textured. Their style reminds me of some past artifacts for worship or for honoring the dead. I felt as if I was in the presence of something mysterious, but obviously important to a culture I could not understand. I wanted to buy several pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

Ceramics by Otar Vepkhvadze: copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.


 

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About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

4 Responses to Museum-quality ceramics

  1. Jon E Wilson says:

    I love Otar’s ceramic work! Have known and watched his production many years, he and George Yashvili worked here in the states first in 1988 and have been back on subsequent visits. I’d add I have visited George in Tblilisi, but didn’t get a chance to visit Otar’s studio compound. You might look into a little side trip, knowing Otar and Ia, (his wife also an artist) give more insight into the ceramic artists lifestyle..might be fun. Tell em Jon e sent ya..love your posts! Jon E Wilson Director Lakeside Gallery West.

  2. sherry says:

    The ceramics are incredible….as are the photos. Without you both I would have never seen them.
    Thank you for your sense of wonder and curiosity. Love to you both.

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