“Water” is the title of a breathtaking exhibit on display through Dec. 6 at the Kendal Gallery, Kendal at Oberlin.
Potter Chris Breuer drew inspiration from visits to the north shore of Lake Superior, Ontario lakes and streams north of Minnesota, Lake Havasu in Arizona, and the clouds over New Mexico.
The exhibit includes salt glazed stoneware and earthenware from Breuer’s tile landscape series and large salt-glazed wall platters. As an artist, his more-than 40-year journey in the natural world has captured the essence of earth, water and fire in the work he creates from clay.
As a freshman at Oberlin College, he fell in love with the medium of clay and knew this would be his life’s work. After college, Breuer moved to Philadelphia and joined The Clay Studio, a group of professional potters sharing facilities, and later apprenticed at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Along with other potters he designed and built stoneware kilns, including one at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.
In 1980, he returned to Oberlin, with his wife, Paula Aghajanian, and transformed a farmhouse into Breuer Pottery, 47361 West Hamilton St., Oberlin. It includes a studio, gallery, and kilns that they built.
Courtesy photos Potter Chris Breuer’s striking works of art are inspired by nature. His show, “Water,” is on exhibit through Dec. 6.