Shamai Gibsh: Shadows in Smoke

Plinth Gallery

August 3 - September 29, 2018

  • Reception with the artist in attendence: First Friday August 3 from 6-9pm
BodyblazeShamai "Sam" Gibsh at Plinth Gallery

Our August and September exhibition features the new work of contemporary ceramic artist Shamai "Sam" Gibsh. Joining us from Tel Aviv, the Israeli artist holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly/Pomona as well as an MBA from Tel Aviv University. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and The Israeli Ceramics Association. His work is included in museums and private collections in Asia, Europe, and the United States

In this exhibition “Shadows in Smoke”, Sam shares personal insights, their significance on the individual, and their reciprocity with society and culture. 

Gibsh's ceramic work uses a technique called "terra sigilatta", translating literally to mean "sealed earth". Terra sigillata pigments are used in all of his work and represent a connection between ideas and ancient techniques of East Asia and the Middle East. This technique was originally used by ancient potters from Greece to seal the surface before glaze became widely used. Sam collects clay wherever he is, whether in Israel or on his trips throughout the world. Every clay has different color properties. He then purifies and refines it with water into a suspension of extremely small clay particles. The pigments are applied to the surface, burnished and then fired. The burnishing and firing process produces a smooth and lustrous surface. Gibsh's palette ranges from white to beige to yellow, and various hues of pink and red. He also makes use of "Arabian Luster, another ancient method developed in Egypt in the 9th century. Using these decorative techniques, Gibsh achieves a varying luminosity and gloss, dependent upon the observer's eye, angle, and distance.

Plinth Gallery
3520 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216