One of Sterngold's pieces chosen for the National Ceramic Art Exhibition.
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Two ceramic works by art instructor Kathy Sterngold were selected for the 2014 “Visions in Clay” exhibition, named as one of the top five ceramic art shows in the nation by Ceramics Monthly magazine. The event opened on August 21 at the LH Horton Jr. Gallery at San Joaquin Delta College in California. This year’s show features sixty ceramic works chosen from 329 entries.
Sterngold’s distinctive style of pottery-making is evidenced in the slender pitcher and lidded jar to be exhibited. The pieces are classic stoneware shapes and feature a bronze-green glaze that is earthy and subdued, revealing subtle variations in tone and texture. The lidded jar also has turquoise accents that illuminate its colors.
Sterngold discovered pottery-making while taking art classes at Muncy High School as a teenager. She’s been throwing, shaping and firing clay ever since. After earning arts degrees from Kutztown and Alfred Universities, Kathy joined The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, a leading center for ceramic art. A few years later, she returned to Muncy to set up her own studio. In 1992, she began teaching art at Lycoming College.
Sterngold creates a wide variety of functional pottery, ceramic art and contemporary clay forms. Her works range from large abstract sculptures to coffee mugs and chicken planters. Her style is to work with the clay so each piece has its own character and appeal. Kathy creates strong natural shapes colored by warm earthy glazes – a signature style that typifies her diverse body of work.
Sterngold’s work has been exhibited at the Packwood House Museum, the Radius Gallery at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Lycoming College Art Gallery, the Pajama Factory, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Studio in Bushkill Falls and the Centered Earth Clay Arts Studio and Gallery. This summer, her work was displayed in Rep. Garth Everett's Office in the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.