PC Art settles in for surprise
The public is invited to see the new work in clay of Mark Eaton on exhibition from through Nov. 29 at Porterville College.
Mark Eaton, an artist, teacher, and graphic designer, received his BA and MA in Ceramics and 3-D design from Fresno State. He currently teaches art at Porterville High School, but has also taught at numerous colleges, such as San Jose City College, Hartnell College, College of the Sequoias, and Fresno City College. He has shown his work in various group exhibitions and numerous national and regional competitions.
Eaton’s ceramic works such as his vases deal with texture, from stamps he created and found, and the element of chance, with pieces put together randomly in box forms.
As Eaton says, “Like flying blind, you’re working without a net. The final result is not revealed until the clay has hardened a bit and the walls of the box are removed. Surprise! It’s like Christmas morning. Sometimes you get what you want, sometimes you don’t.”
Eaton’s other pieces in the exhibition are hanging, tubular, extruded forms that have been fired to create random patterns on the surface of the clay. Eaton’s tight wire act of balancing chance effects with rationally built forms are at the heart of his creative process made visible in this exhibition at Porterville College Art Gallery.
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Parking is unrestricted during the time of the reception.