Gallery 224 Exhibition: Mary Roettger


Thursday, July 11, 2019 (All day) to Friday, August 23, 2019 (All day)


Gallery 224 at the Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard

spiral-shaped ceramic sculpture
Gyrus, Mary Roettger.
Mary Roettger
Exhibition dates: July 11 - August 23, 2019
Opening Reception: July 11, 2019 5-8pm

Gallery 224 at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
224 Western Ave, Allston 02134

This exhibition of work by Mary Roettger (1956-2017) honors and commemorates a former Harvard Ceramics Program instructor and artist in residence. Mary was a gifted teacher, who inspired beginning and advanced students with challenging, in-depth projects which expanded their expressive potential and technical abilities. In homage to the breadth and depth of Mary’s teaching and creative practice, this exhibition will present a wide range of her work so that students, professionals and the general public are able to learn from her evolution.

The wide range of exhibited work includes her recent helix sculptures, her Fibonacci sculptures, and her early functional ware. All the work is hand built with a variety of unique techniques. The early slab work was created in response to the complex urban environment of New York City. The pinched Fibonacci series began in graduate school at Alfred, New York. The organic layering and progressions echoed Mary’s rural surroundings and expressed her own vital life force. The helix series continued her passionate attention to the underlying structure of nature.

This exhibition includes work from local New York/New England collections as well as selections from a May–June 2019 exhibition of Mary’s work at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN.

This exhibition is curated by Nancy Selvage, Former Director of the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard. Read more and view additional images here.

Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10am-4pm. Other times may be available by chance or appointment. Call 617-495-8680

three views of an untitled fin sculpture by Mary Roettger
The sculptures are constructed with slabs of earthenware clay, then pinched and shaped to define the gesture. They are bisque fired to 2000 degrees f. / 1090 c. Glazes are sprayed or brushed on and glase fired to approximately 1700 degrees f. / 930 c.