PANAMA CITY — There’s more to the common cup than just an empty space and more still when the space is filled.
“They can be read as heavy both in weight and emotion, a metaphor for human interaction: ‘One can fill a cup or render it empty,’” said Tammy Marinuzzi, an assistant professor in the Gulf Coast State College Visual and Performing Arts Department, discussing her own work with ceramics.
A working studio potter whose designs are in permanent museum collections in Greece and China, Marinuzzi is the juror for GCSC’s fifth annual ceramics exhibition, “Form and Function.” The show opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today in the Amelia Center Main Gallery (Room 112) at GCSC.
“Form and Function” explores the very idea of the “drinking vessel,” according to promotional materials, focusing on the function and concept of the cup, including its relation to history, politics, craft, technology, utility and narrative.
“The ceramic objects are utilitarian — amenities that people use on a daily basis: plates, cups, teapots, salt and peppershakers,” Marinuzzi said on her personal website, TammyMarinuzzi.com, where she talks about her own approach to tableware as art. “The work brings self-awareness directly to the table. It is made to mimic the interactions of everyday life and to encourage self-examination.”
The new exhibit is designed as a survey of the wide variety of approaches to contemporary ceramics through the lens of the most intimate and accessible of vessels. Admission is free. The exhibit will remain open until Nov. 21; gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Form and Function
- Reception: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9
- Where: Amelia Center Gallery, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. U.S. 98, Panama City
- Admission: Free
- Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; exhibit remains open until Nov. 21
- Details: Call 769-1551, ext. 2890
Want to make your own?
- Check out Jani Ceramics, 1119 Beck Ave. in Panama City; phone 769-7703