Tony Marsh – Nancy Selvin – Linda Sormin

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Exhibition Dates: February 23 – March 30, 2019
Tony Marsh – Nancy Selvin – Linda Sormin
Reception: Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 4 – 6 pm
Event (PSG San Francisco): Saturday, February 23rd, A panel discussion with Tony Marsh, Nancy Selvin, Linda Sormin, moderated by Nathan Lynch, Chair of CCA Ceramics Department, presented at PSG, 315 Potrero Ave. in San Francisco

Event (CCA Oakland): Thursday, February 21st at 7:30pm Linda Sormin presents a Visiting Artist Lecture at California College of the Arts in Oakland.


Tony Marsh / Crucible series / Multiple fired Clay & Glaze / 14 x 13 x 13 inches
Linda Sormin / Putting gold on the back of the Buddha / 2018 /Glazed ceramic, found figurines, dollhouse dishes /16 x 17 x 14 inches
Nancy Selvin / Studio View / 2018 / porcelain

It’s with great pleasure PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY presents the ceramic sculpture of three renowned ceramic artists, Tony Marsh, Nancy Selvin and Linda Sormin. The exhibition opens Saturday, February 23rd, from 4-6pm. Immediately prior to the opening, at 3pm, Nathan Lynch, Chair of the Ceramics Department at California College of the Arts will moderate a conversation between the artists. There will be limited room for seating. Linda Sormin will also present a Visiting Artist Lecture at the Oakland campus of CCA, Thursday, February 21st at 7:30pm.

Linda Sormin’s sculptures are a journey through personal archeology, slowing when encountering sometimes kitschy, often poignant artifacts. Her open-ended ceramics enfold many voices and labors, from the donated memorabilia of friends and strangers in distant places, to the hands of those assisting, to the dumpster diving, searching for the discarded. The complex membranes of pinched clay provide a porous conduit bridging and breaking bonds, entwining stories and histories among those who might define themselves through their separations.

Born in Thailand, working in North America, Europe and Asia, Sormin is influenced by kinetic energy, complexity, and disparate social/cultural/visual forces. While migration and identity form the backbone of the work, it’s the disruptive dissonance within her balletic balance that breaths life, charging the inanimate into animate. The technical considerations of how Sormin’s work evolves are never far from the stories within. Multiple firings, various clays, smooth and rough surface, glaze, contrasting color, and cast away materials, are all integral elements in forming the non-linear narratives of discrete sculpture, and immersive installations.

Sormin is Professor of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Prior to Alfred, Sormin was an Associate Professor, (2006- 2011) at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been extensively exhibited throughout Europe, the United States and Asia, including Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia; CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, Middelfart, Denmark; West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen, Norway. Collections include the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred, NY; Arizona State University Museum and others.

Tony Marsh has contributed to contemporary ceramics as an artist, educator and innovator for over 30 years. His vessels are non-utilitarian, the forms elementary and symmetrical. On view in this exhibition are sculptures from his current series, Crucibles & Cauldrons- prototypical shapes providing the architecture for his unique experimental surface amalgamation.

The sculptures that brought Marsh early attention were the Perforated Vessels, a series of thin walled, ethereal ceramic shells that possessed a ghostly presence. A master of material, Marsh applied many layers of vitreous engobe, a mixture of slip and glaze, blanketing the surface with a soft velvet veneer and structural strength. As Marsh describes, “There is something ironic about taking a material like clay which is dense, opaque and ruled by gravity, creating eggshell thin forms and then removing as much material as possible one hole at a time, replacing material with light.”

While still exploring possibilities with the pierced vessels, Marsh began working with a cylindrical shape that eventually led to the Crucible. Through alchemy, intuitive wisdom, science and thermal adversity, Marsh opened the window for random, unexpected surface topographies. These works encapsulate all the knowledge he’s amassed over the years with “various material and mineral concoctions”, layered, fired, then repeating the process. “In this work there are real and imagined allusions to physical sciences, earth formation, geographic phenomenon, force, pyroclastic work, time and landscape.” Marsh leaves all technical notes and trails blank, a deliberate amnesia, as he allows the accident of formula, material, firing and stress to unfold each vibrant, eruptive sculpture.

Tony Marsh was recently named a United States Artists Fellow in 2018, an honor awarded to outstanding contributors in American Arts and Letters. Marsh is Professor at California State University, Long Beach, chairing the Ceramics Department for 25 years (1995 – 2015). Marsh is the founding Director of the Center for Contemporary Ceramics (2017), a national and international residency program on the campus of CSULB. He has been a Visiting Artist and Lecturer at over 60 institutions and foundations including the Chicago Art Institute, Kansas City Art Institute, UCLA, Parsons School of Design, Alfred University and Seoul National University. His ceramic sculpture is included in over thirty permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Art and Design, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Oakland Museum of Art; Gardiner Museum of Art, Toronto; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; San Jose Museum of Art; ASU Art Museum Tempe and the Foshan Museum of Contemporary Art, Foshan, China.


Nancy Selvin studied at the University of California, Berkeley with Peter Voulkas & Ron Nagle in the late 1960’s. Her oeuvre comprises formal still life compositions and non-functional oversized domestic vessels expressed in clay.

Nancy Selvin received her Master’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley where she studied with Peter Voulkos & Ron Nagle in the late 1960’s. Her oeuvre comprises formal still life compositions and non-functional oversized domestic vessels expressed in clay.

Selvin sees herself as both a painter and sculptor. She is best known for her still life vessel compositions in terra cotta with uneven underglazes suggesting temporal excavations. Selvin’s reverence for the simplicity of form requires a nuanced, gradual approach to adding color and embellishments. Her inspiration comes from art history, personal writings, family lore, and domestic forms. She’s always balancing the implied story of fragmented drawing or text, with the economy of form, suggesting utility but denying use.

In this exhibition Selvin has undertaken a series of unglazed porcelain hand-built vessels ranging in size from 14 – 20 inches in height. The vessels begin as slabs on thrown bodies, hand formed into classical urns, albeit with ragged edges and lapped, irregular seams. The elegant shapes are balanced on uneven decomposed tablets, side-marked with curvaceous handles. Although porcelain was not her first choice of material, she defaulted to achieve the dusty surface suggestive of impermanence, juxtaposed with the ghost white density reminiscent of Parian Wares. However, using porcelain incorporates unpredictability, in part due to the high firing temperature. Rescuing a sculpture from certain demise is left to discretion, but where possible the ruptured seam, broken handles, or any number of unknown calamities Selvin repairs by Kintsugi, the Japanese method of soldering broken ceramics with a powdered gold resin.

Nancy Selvin is Senior Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts. Recently “The Nancy Selvin” award was established at California College of the Arts, to honor Selvin’s professional and personal commitment in the field of ceramics. The annual award will provide an undergraduate ceramics major with a travel stipend to attend a residency program or conference.

Selvin has received two National Endowment Artist Fellowships and a California Arts Council Fellowship. She is a past president and current Board of Trustee member for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine. She also serves on the board of the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) in Pomona CA, and is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva Switzerland.

Selvin’s work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian; Arizona State University Ceramic Research Center; the Mint Museum, Charlotte NC; the Daum Museum, Kansas City MO; the Oakland Museum of California; the Nora Eccles Museum, Logan, Utah; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; University of Iowa Museum of Art; and the Microsoft Art Collections, Seattle and Mountain View, California.

Linda Sormin CV

Tony Marsh CV

Nancy Selvin CV

Zina Al-Shukri – Paolo Arao – Anthony Sonnenberg

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Exhibition Dates: April 6 – May 18, 2019
Zina Al-Shukri – Paolo Arao – Anthony Sonnenberg
Reception: Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 4 – 6 pm



Zina Al-Shukri / Untitled / ink on paper
Anthony Sonnenberg / Candelabra (Chickens Will Come Home to Roost) / pigmented porcelain over stoneware, found ceramic tchotchkes, glaze / 11 x 10 x 5.5 inches
Paolo Arao / Studio View/ stretched sewn fabric, paint


PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY is pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition with artists Zina Al-Shukri, Paolo Arao and Anthony Sonnenberg. Exploring the multiplicity of identities, in a time where who we are is both a badge, and a burden. Each artist in the exhibition undertakes this enormity through a personal lens. The exhibition opens Saturday, April 6, with a reception from 4 – 6pm, and closes May 18.

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Shenequa Brooks – Demetri Broxton – Victor Yañez-Lazcano

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Exhibition Dates: May 29 – July 6, 2019
Shenequa Brooks – Demetri Broxton – Victor Yañez-Lazcano 
Reception: Saturday, June 1,  4 – 6 pm




Shenequa Brooks – Woven Head Wraps

Demetri Broxton  – Beaded and Embellished Boxing Gloves

Victor Yañez-Lazcano – Mixed Media, Tools

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Victoria Jang – Jacqueline Surdell – Lien Truong

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Exhibition Dates: September 7 – October 19, 2019
Victoria Jang – Jacqueline Surdell – Lien Truong
Reception: Saturday, September 7th,  4 – 6 pm






From Left to Right:

Lien Truong / The Peril of Angel’s Breath / 2018 / oil, silk, acrylic, antique 24k gold-leaf obi thread, 19th century American cotton, antique obi mourning cloth on canvas / 96 x 72 inches –  Courtesy Galerie Quynh, Vietnam

Victoria Jang / Work in-progress / 2018 / ceramic, wood, horse hair, paint / 12 x 14 x 14 inches

Jacqueline Surdell / various sized rope, metal / 72 x 120 inches



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Markus Linnenbrink – Christopher Miles

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Exhibition Dates: October 26 – December 7, 2019
Markus Linnenbrink – Christopher Miles
Reception: Saturday, November 3rd, 2019 from 4 – 6 pm




Markus Linnenbrink / epoxy resin on wood / 32 x 32 inches

Christopher Miles / In Form 1 / 2018 / ceramic