The Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild announces its latest exhibit, “Topographies,” which features art by renowned artist Barbara Sorensen. The exhibit will be on display from Jan. 22 to March 15 in MCG’s Connie Kerr Gallery.
Rooted in clay, Barbara Sorensen is known for monumental sculptural installations that draw on geological formations and classical elements. While she works with a variety of media, including metals, resisns and experimental mixed-media prints, this exhibit focuses on her ceramic work. Sorensen’s artist statement reads, “I instinctively respond to the form, surface and texture of the Earth, echoing them in my work. I look at the landscape, interpret and reinterpret it, processing it within, and give it back, transformed.”
Sorensen discovered clay, an ideal medium for her interest in textural plasticity, as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin. She later worked with notable ceramic artists such as Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner, Don Reitz and Rudy Autio, who she considers mentors. Today, in her Colorado and Florida studios, she continues to evolve and expand her concerns in the series of works that explore her enduring interests: the natural environment and conceptual notions of the vessel.
“I build in layers, stacking and joining the clay as I move upward to create layers of antiquity, layers of time, and layers of myself. Petrified ghosts and seas of ancient years are recorded as the process drapes the landscape. I let the sculpture lead me where it should go.”
Sorensen’s work can be viewed in museums and private collections nationwide, including the White House Collection in Washington, DC. And she has a unique Pittsburgh connection. Her daughter, Kristine Sorensen, is a television news anchor with KDKA.
An artist talk and gallery reception is scheduled for Feb. 7, from 6-8 p.m. The talk and reception are free and open to the public.
For more information on the artist, visit

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