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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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
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