A collective display of members' works at Delavan Art Gallery by the Syracuse Ceramic Guild is part of the organization's mission to promote awareness and understanding of the ceramic medium, and also ties in with the gallery's goal to feature and celebrate local artists.

The "Syracuse Ceramic Guild" installation, featuring pieces by nine of its member artists, will open in the gallery's Wild Card space on Thursday, Dec. 3 with a reception that evening from 5 pm -- 8 pm. The show remains up through Thursday, Dec. 19.

Brief introductions to each of the member artists celebrated in this show follow:

Carol Adamec, recently retired art teacher at Westhill High School, Syracuse, is a native of Long Island who "fell in love with clay" when she was 10 years old and ever since, has 'found clay and metal sculpture to be significant means' of expression in her life. She says, "I work to express the reality of positive emotions we feel in our daily lives, translating them into a physical state and bringing them to peoples' attention with beauty and elegance." Indeed, Adamec's works are described as "graceful, elegant and sensual."

Lory Black also tells of her early "love affair with clay" and how it becomes "expressions of emotion," pieces of inner feelings of "love, happiness, joy, sadness or beauties of nature." Black's

experience in teaching kindergarten in the inner city instilled in her the wonderment and magic of the medium, referring to students' creations as filled with the freedom and imagination of their uninhibited expression.

Walt Black, Lory's husband, says he 'came rather late to the art form,' and describes his works as 'strong,' influenced by his years of physical activities and professional career as teacher, coach and administrator of Physical Education and Athletics. He adds, however, that he has always been interested in the relationship between 'art and sport.' Black enjoys the stimulation of creating a functional piece of pottery. He and his wife now have a studio in their home and one at their camp in the foothills of the Adirondacks where, he says, "we can produce ceramics inspired by the woods and Kayuta Lake."

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