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Cathy Gerson

"I draw with volume, never with lines—they are too confining. It's the push and pull of things that has always fascinated me—how one shape informs the negative and positive space. "

As she begins her ceramic pieces, Cathy Gerson works like a sculptor, drawing from the inside out, using volume to build the structure, shading out a rough design, and enclosing it in lines. Tile works form the canvas for sculpted forms accented with unique, personal glazes and whimsical touches including architectural and totemic forms. In each piece, Gerson explores the freedom that clay allows, defying two dimensions.

First, she focuses on the design, with sensitivity toward the sculpted shapes. She builds her pieces by rolling out stoneware clay in a slab, then cutting and shaping each tile by hand. Next, Gerson glazes and colors the tiles before assembling and grouting them into her final composition. The finished piece is then mounted on wood, aluminum, steel, or Plexiglas.

Cathy Gerson studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. From 1973 to 1976, she worked out of her studio in Jamaica Plain, MA. From 1976 to 2013, she operated her studio in a country barn adjacent to her home in Southborough, MA. In early 2013, Gerson made a monumental move with clay and kilns to her new studio and workshop in Barnardsville, NC.

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Blue/Green Moonstone
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 180
Cloud Man
Ceramic Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 180
Hearts
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 180
Cheshire Cat
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 600
Spirit Man
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 180
Altar
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 180
Mad Man
Ceramic Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 180
Can You Hear Me?
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 600
Alien
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 600
Vanity
Ceramic Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 180
Sea Horse
Ceramic Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 180
Priestess
Ceramic Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 180
Lucifer
Ceramic Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 250
Carrier
Ceramic Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 180
Fertility
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 600
Crusade
Ceramic Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 180
Medicine Woman
Ceramic Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 250
Turtle's Back
Ceramic Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 180
Emergence
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 600
Geisha
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 180
Expression
Ceramic Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 180
Magic Man
Ceramic Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 250
Spirit
Ceramic Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 250
Large Wall Totem - Vision
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Cathy Gerson
$ 600
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Atlanta Showcase House, Atlanta, GA, Showcase House, 1975
Boston Art Week, Lincoln, MA, The DeCordova Museum, 1977
Furniture Creations, Boston, MA, Roche-Bobois, 1979
Totems on Newbury Street, Boston, MA, L'Attitudes Gallery, 2009
Tile Murals, Palm Desert, CA, Desert Art Collection, 2011
Collections
Art at the Corporate, Prudential Insurance Company, Boston, MA, 1984
Oncology Project, UMass Medical Center, Worcester, MA, 2011
Tile in Spirit, Center for Life Sciences, Boston, MA, 2012
Playroom, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 2013