Tersteeg's FLIGHTS Give Form to Nature

For Immediate Release
August 27, 2012
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Chris Potash
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William Tersteeg’s Flights of Imagination on display through December 2

Allentown, PA—The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to present an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by the artist William Tersteeg, from September 9 through December 2, 2012. Flights of Imagination showcases fourteen hanging and freestanding works that date from the 1980s to 2012. On display in the Museum’s Payne Hurd Gallery the visitor will discover a variety of forms, glazing techniques, and use of non-clay materials, which confirms the connection for the artist between the natural world and the studio: clay, wood, copper, and found objects are combined with Plexiglas, porcelain, and mirror. Each work includes a surprise element, such as images inside or on the bottom of pieces, which creates different spatial perspectives within a single sculpture.

William Tersteeg has worked in northeastern Pennsylvania for the past forty years. He recently retired from his position as Professor of Ceramics at Keystone College, La Plume. His Crystal Earth Studio is in Dalton, Pennsylvania, where he continues to educate, exhibit, and create.

Tersteeg’s work explores both the organic forms of nature and the geometry of curved surfaces. It is often commemorative, inspired by personal experience and assuming elements of spirituality. From clay slab to finished sculpture, the surface of each piece is transformed by decorative scoring and ornamental painting. Enduring up to four different kiln firings, and finished with a tricky and often dangerous raku technique, these works of art nonetheless are imbued with an ethereal, dreamlike quality. The layered glazes produce a variety of stunning visual effects, from filmy translucent colors to the deeper jewel tones and shimmery metallics achieved through the raku process. 

The artist will present a gallery talk and walk-through of theexhibit Flights of Imagination: Ceramic Sculpture by William Tersteeg at noon on Wednesday, October 3, 2012.

For more information about the Museum visit www.allentownartmuseum.org


The Allentown Art Museum would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support:

Season Sponsors 2012–2013

Amaranth Foundation

The Nolan P. Benner Jr. Family

The Century Fund

William and Phyllis Grube




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