Illuminated ceramics exhibit by Cara Long on display at the Craft Center through Sept. 29

An exhibition of illuminated porcelain installations by Cara Long titled Suspension and Pause will be on display through Sept. 29 in Gallery One of the Appalachian Center for Craft.

An artist’s reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, at the Craft Center.
Long’s work explores the haunting beauty of docile female figures restrained by stark, potentially perilous environments.

The figures, drawn directly onto translucent porcelain and then back-lit to give a subtle glowing effect, provoke emotions of loss and defeat.

Her combination of dangling, submissive characters overlaid on a delicately illuminated surface creates a vexingly inviting experience. The precision of the technique, with its aesthetically immaculate glow, allures even the most tepid into Long’s emotionally disparate imagery.

The marriage of such striking visuals and seductive translucency prevails in this intimate series of installations.

An encore exhibition of Suspension and Pause will be on display at J.Bird Studios Gallery in Kansas City from Oct. 10 to Nov. 7.

Long graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2004 with a degree in ceramics and art history. In 2006, she started a business called Sweet Mud Clay Works, selling her functional wares and porcelain art jewelry.

The Craft Center, a satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University, is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). Go south on Highway 56, and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Craft Center.

For more information, call 615/597-6801 or 931/372-3051 or go online at www.tntech.edu/craftcenter. For more information about Long’s exhibition, visit her web site at www.caralong.com.

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