Clay Dragon ceramics artists retrospective travels 30 years, far from East Cambridge

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Art by Nancy Train Smith
A work by Nancy Train Smith is displayed at “Legacy of Fire: Clay Dragon Studios Revisited” at The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton. (Photo: Fuller Craft Museum)

It’s been three decades, but East Cambridge’s Clay Dragon is roaring again – in Brockton, where The Fuller Craft Museum has gathered the work of 10 ceramics artists for “Legacy of Fire: Clay Dragon Studios Revisited.”

From 1976 to 1984, the artists shared a gallery and workspace in the A.H. Davenport building on Otis Street, inheriting the space of the fine furniture company that gave the world the davenport sofa.

“Named Clay Dragon Studios, this collaborative became a springboard for creativity and an influential foundation for numerous artists in contemporary ceramics,” say museum materials for the show curated by Ellen Schön with Clay Dragon member Judith Motzkin. “Now 30 years later, this retrospective exhibition showcases the rich range of mature styles, diverse materials and new developments of former Clay Dragon Studios members.”

The exhibition – dedicated to the memories of members Shellie Zimmerman Brooks and Elee Koplow – got a reception today with speaker Wayne Higby, director of the Ceramics Art Museum at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. The exhibit opened Jan. 31.

In addition to Schön, Motzkin, Brooks and Koplow, the artists Ellen Grenadier, Abby Huntoon, David Judelson, Jod Lourie, Ritvaliisa Ojanen, Dick Studley, Nancy Train Smith and Kyoko Tonegawa are represented in the exhibit.

“Legacy of Fire: Clay Dragon Studios Revisited” runs through April 26 at The Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton, when there will be a closing reception from 2 to 5 p.m.

The museum opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closing time is 5 p.m. except on Thursdays, when closing time is 9 p.m. (Admission is free from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays.) General admission is $8, or $5 for seniors and students and free for children under 12.

Homepage image: Works by Kyoko Tonegawa on display in a photo from The Fuller Craft Museum.

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