Current Exhibitions:

A Hard Swath to Mow: University of Arkansas Ceramics Faculty

February 3 - April 15, 2017
Featuring: Benjamin Cirgin, Jeannie Hulen, Linda Lopez, Mathew McConnell, and Adam Posnak

Location: Belger Crane Yard Studios
2011 Tracy Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108
Opening Reception Friday, February 3rd, 6-9pm

There’s a spot just at the edge of the field, where the manicured and predictable meets the unruly. Here, things are a little less certain—problems arise more readily, and one misstep could leave you stranded in the woods. The artists in this exhibition, members of the ceramics faculty at University of Arkansas, represent a group of practitioners eager to seek the more difficult terrain.

Through vacillating positions, each artist approaches the eld with their own state of questions, seeking to re-fertilize the soil, providing views into distant windows of uncertainty.

Scott Jelich - Digital Debut

February 3 - March 31, 2017
Featuring: Scott Jelich

Online Launch - First Friday, February 3, 2017, 5PM CST

This February, Belger Crane Yard Studios spotlights Digital Debut artist Scott Jelich with his functional, voluptuous stoneware vessels featuring a soft color palette and luscious satin-matte surfaces. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Jelich is an emerging studio potter who earned his MFA in ceramics from NYSCC at Alfred School of Art and Design in Alfred, New York.

Mitchell Spain - Digital Debut

​December 2, 2016 - January 28, 2017
Featuring: Mitchell Spain

Location: Online Exhibition

Belger Crane Yard Studios presents Mitchell Spain for our December 2016 Digital Debut! Hand-built from porcelain, Spain's functional work is inspired from personal childhood imagery seen in his rural, Midwestern upbringing. From shot glasses inspired by vintage battery casings to porcelain flasks that look like rusted oil tins, all of his works were precision crafted with the relationship of form and function in mind.

Mitchell Spain was born and raised near Des Moines, Iowa. He received his BFA in Ceramics in 2012 from the University of Iowa and his MFA at the University of Kansas in 2015. Mitchell has exhibited in many national and international exhibitions, including the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, and has appeared multiple times in Ceramics Monthly. Mitchell Spain designs his ceramic works based on a childhood founded in rural and rustic surroundings. Using a trompe l'oeil technique to mimic these surroundings, Mitchell has found success in both his functional and sculptural works. He authored a publication in the November 2014 issue of Ceramics: TECHNICAL magazine on his design of threaded ceramics.

Belger Holiday Book

November 4 - December 31, 2016

With over 30 local and national artists, the Belger Holiday Book features a wide range of affordable ceramic works including functional ware, jewelry, and sculpture by artists we love. This curated holiday gift guide spotlights work from several up and coming artists plus features all new work by your favorite artists, including: Stephen Bowers, Brian Giniewski, Rain Harris, Brett Kern, Lauren Mabry, Julie Moon, Jose Sierra, Akio Takamori and more. Give the timeless gift of art this holiday season with gems from the first annual Belger Holiday Book. See the work in person at the Belger Crane Yard Studios located at 2011 Tracy Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, 64108.

Roger Shimomura

​October 7, 2016 - January 14, 2017
Featuring: Roger Shimomura

Location: Belger Arts Center
2100 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64108

This fall Belger focuses on a local hero — the legendary Roger Shimomura. In its first showing outside the Pacific Northwest, “An American Knockoff” opens Oct. 7, 2016 through Jan. 14, 2017. This exhibition features acrylic paintings of Shimomura with recognizable American icons such as Porky Pig, Goofy the Dog, and Uncle Sam.

In this series, the artist inserts himself into the work, battling or becoming stereotypes in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, to personify the Asian-American experience.

Shimomura, who taught at the University of Kansas from 1969 until his retirement in 2004, was born in Seattle to American-born parents. When Roger was three years old his family was relocated to an internment camp during World War II. For much of his career Shimomura has examined the themes of internment and what it means to be American, feeling that “Far too many American-born citizens of Asian descent continue to be accepted as only ‘American knockoffs.’”

In addition to an outstanding career as an educator, Shimomura has maintained a steady art studio practice and exhibited in more 130 exhibitions. He has won numerous awards throughout this career, including a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sarah Pike - Digital Debut

​October 7 - November 30, 2016
Featuring: Sarah Pike

Location: Online Exhibition

Sarah Pike is a full-time ceramic artist living and making functional slab-built pots in Fernie, BC, Canada. She studied ceramics at Alberta College of Art and Design, University of Colorado, and the University of Minnesota. Sarah was recently featured on the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated and is a member of the Canadian ceramic collective, Make & Do.

View Online in our online sales gallery or view her Lookbook below.

Dan Anderson

​September 2, 2016 - December 17, 2016
Featuring: Dan Anderson

Location: Belger Crane Yard Studios
2011 Tracy Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108

Dan Anderson’s solo show titled “Mascots, Hearts of Love, and Proposals” is exhibited at the Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Avenue. Anderson tells us the “Mascots” in the show reference large midwestern structures such as water tanks and corn cribs, along with the graffiti that can be found on these rural landmarks. He has been fascinated with these edifices since he climbed his hometown’s municipal water tank as a teen. Dan’s work, inspired by these iconic structures, can be found in exhibitions and collections throughout the world. In addition to sculpture, Anderson plans to bring some of his signature teapots and tea sets to Kansas City.

Anderson taught at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1970 to 2002 and has maintained an active clay practice since retirement. Dan completed a residency in France over the summer where he created some of the works shown in this exhibition. A wood-fire enthusiast, his anagama wood-fired kiln in Edwardsville draws artists from far and wide for firings.

View Online in our online sales gallery or view his Lookbook below.

Paolo Porelli: Humankind: The Sublime and The Ridiculous

​September 2 - December 17, 2016
Featuring: Paolo Porelli

Location: Belger Arts Center
2100 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Paolo Porelli’s exhibit, “Humankind: The Sublime and The Ridiculous” is exhibited at the Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut Street. Known for his figurative sculpture, this body of work is a hybrid of ideas culled from mythological imagery, pop-culture references, and contemporary society to articulate the human behaviors — both good and bad.

Paolo created many of the exhibition works last winter during his Fellowship Residency at Belger Crane Yard Studios. Porelli came to the studio from Italy, where he has been running his own ceramics studio since 1990. In more recent years he and his wife, Lori-Ann Touchette, have operated c.r.e.t.a rome, an international art residency program.


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