Walk a Mile in My Shoes, 2013, Mixed media, 19" x 7 ¾" x 19"

Walk a Mile in My Shoes, 2013, Mixed media, 19″ x 7 ¾” x 19″

Susan DeMay at Vanderbilt

Career Highlights: 40 Years in Clay

Picket (pik'et) 5. To Enclose Within a Picket Fence as for Protection, Imprisonment, etc., 2013, Mixed media,  20¼" x 4½" x 14½"

Picket (pik’et) 5. To Enclose Within a Picket Fence as for Protection, Imprisonment, etc., 2013, Mixed media,
20¼” x 4½” x 14½”

A distinctive career spanning 40 years is something worth celebrating. And that’s just what Vanderbilt University’s Department of Art will do through November 22 with an exhibition commemorating the art of the department’s illustrious senior lecturer in ceramics, Susan DeMay. A professor at Vanderbilt since 1985, DeMay is recognized for her distinctive glazes and glazing techniques. DeMay completed her master’s degree in art at Tennessee Tech’s Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee, and is the owner of a studio production company, Made by deMay. In addition to conducting workshops and exhibiting extensively throughout the region, she is the author and subject of numerous articles for national and international publications, and her work is featured in five Lark Book series.

On display will be more than 40 of DeMay’s works from public, private, and the artist’s collections, including vessels and wall pieces, sculptural ceramics, and her recent mixed-media work. Also on display will be an unusual and heartfelt piece by DeMay: the burial urns of friend and mentor Sylvia Hyman, who requested DeMay create her burial urns by incorporating the ashes from her cremation into the glazes.

Career Highlights: 40 Years in Clay will be on display through Friday, November 22.  Space 204 is the second floor gallery of the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center, 1204 25th Ave. S. at Garland on the Vanderbilt campus. Sponsored by the Vanderbilt University Department of Art, all Space 204 exhibitions are free and open to the public. 

For more information, visit www.vanderbilt.edu/arts.

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