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April 23: Functional, sculptural ceramic vessels featured in gallery exhibit

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—Functional and sculptural ceramic vessels will be on display April 25-May 17 in the Whitaker Campus Center Gallery at Hood College.

A slide lecture will be April 26 from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a reception in the gallery, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The work displayed in Denise Joyal's thesis exhibit, Capturing Light, focuses on functional and sculptural stoneware and porcelain forms inspired by Neolithic Irish stone structures. She developed high-fire porcelain clay bodies and surface treatments that imitate the stark, angular daylight that is characteristic of the Irish landscape.

Her work has been exhibited in Frederick, Baltimore and Pennsylvania, and she has written for the professional journal, Ceramics Monthly.

Joyal has taught ceramics at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., for a number of years and is a ceramic arts instructor at the Frederick Clay Studio.

Joyal, who is pursing a master of fine art degree, earned a certificate in ceramic art from Hood in 2010 and a bachelor's degree in art from Washington College in Chestertown, Md.

For more information about this and other Hodson Gallery exhibits, contact Adam Farcus, gallery curator, at