New Exhibit at Sandy Spring Museum Inspired by Malcolm Davis

by Patrick Herron

New Exhibit at Sandy Spring Museum Inspired by Malcolm Davis

Sandy Spring Museum has just debuted a new exhibit Inspired by Malcolm: A Passion for Shino.

The juried exhibition will feature 64 original ceramic works created by 47 artists. All works feature the use of Shino glazes, commonly associated with the late Malcolm Davis.

About the Exhibit
Inspired by Malcolm: A Passion for Shino honors the memory of Malcolm Davis, a world-renowned potter who influenced and inspired so many to listen to and follow their heart’s desires.

After serving as a minister for twenty years, Davis’s life changed when he took his first ceramics
class in 1973. Within a few years, he left his career as a campus minister to pursue pottery fulltime. Davis established his own mountaintop studio in West Virginia in 1985, where he experimented with a Japanese-style glaze called Shino. He perfected his own Shino technique, which allowed him to create pottery unlike any other. This glaze, known as “Malcolm Davis Shino,” is found in studios all over the world. The glaze is prized for carbon-trapping, which creates extensive black areas and black dots in contrast to the more typical white, red, and orange colors of other Shinos.

After perfecting his glaze, Davis took the unusual step of publishing the formula for public use.
Recognized for his artistry and passion, he traveled widely teaching others about pottery.

The exhibit was juried by Matthew Hyleck, noted ceramic artist and education coordinator at
Baltimore Clayworks, and included works by artists from around the country. First, second, and
third place prizes will be awarded during the opening week by Mr. Hyleck.

Inspired by Malcolm: A Passion for Shino is sponsored in part by Judith Davis, Montgomery
Potters, District Clay Center, Baltimore Clayworks, and The Clay Co-Op.

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