Art Beat

Michael Paglia's brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

The Howell-Cole Gallery has been specializing in artist-made ceramics for almost ten years, starting out in Larimer Square in the early '90s and moving to Tamarac Square in 1995. The gallery, which takes a boutique-style approach, is a partnership between Jack Howell and Susan Cole.

The current exhibit, Masters of Form, is installed mostly on a pair of shelves placed on either side of the front entrance. It features the work of Arvada sculptor Carroll Hansen and raku master Biz Littell, who lived in Littleton for years but now works at Adams State College in Alamosa.

Hansen's tabletop sculptures, mostly glazed in a gunmetal with a flat sheen, are hand-built and coiled and have been fired in pieces that are then joined together with epoxy.

Littell is more traditional; vessels and chargers are his typical forms. He is mostly known for his tremendous, richly colored finishes, the result of exploiting the raku process to the max. The untitled vase with applied wire and beads pictured above is a tour de force in the raku medium.

Howell-Cole plans to celebrate the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference (see review, page 63) by presenting Contemporary Colorado Ceramists-2000 sometime early next spring. That show will feature many of the Colorado potters regularly seen at Howell-Cole. In addition to Hansen and Littell, it will include the work of Bob Smith, Jutta Golas, Hilary Walker and others. In the meantime, catch Masters of Formthrough January 10.

 
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