Steve Sitrin: Shape and Surface Opens at HAM

Steve Sitrin, Raku Vessel 3, 2002, Raku, 10 x 12 x 12, courtesy of the artist.

Artist Steve Sitrin makes ceramic vessels for the pure joy of the creation process, and the surprising results his efforts yield.

“When I am in my studio I feel at peace, and it is in this state that I feel most inspired,” Sitrin noted. “There are many variables in this process which make each piece unique, often yielding beautiful and unexpected results. To me, it is the excitement of unexpected outcomes that keeps the process interesting.”

The opening reception for Steve Sitrin: Shape and Surface is Sunday, May 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hunterdon Art Museum. Everyone is welcome to attend; refreshments will be served.

Sitrin works in porcelain with glazes that flow and crystallize when fired.

“I take advantage of this movement by creating surfaces where glaze can pool and run,” Sitrin noted.

The shapes of the vessels created by Sitrin range from big and bold to elegant and curvaceous. While ceramic vessels are always about shape and surface, in Sitrin’s work those primary attributes are unequivocal.

The pots that are big and bold present strong contours; the junctures of upper and lower sections of the large bi-lobed vessels are unexpected. Yet surprisingly they are visually — and physically — stable.

This artist has also produced pots that are voluptuous and rounded, some with slender elongated necks, reminding us of past pottery traditions. Their glazes often are subtle, rich, dark and metallic, revealing curved planes in the surface of the vessel.
Sitrin graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s of science in biology. During his time at Rutgers, he followed his passion for ceramics and spent many hours studying and working on his art.

Sitrin has won several awards for his work and has shown in many galleries and museums in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and upstate New York.

This show runs until September 3.

The Museum is at 7 Lower Center St. in Clinton, New Jersey, 08809. Our website is and our telephone number is 908-735-8415. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm and suggested admission is $5.



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