Anat Shiftan: The Garden at The Clay Art Center April 2020

40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573

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  Clay Art Center is pleased to present
Anat Shiftan: The Garden


A solo exhibition exploring the domestic garden in three dimensional still life and centerpieces.


Image: Anat Shiftan
Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 4th
6 – 8PM
In the Gallery: April 4 – May 16


Anat Shiftan: The Garden is the second of Clay Art Center’s four themed exhibits for 2020, a year dedicated to all the elements that make a home, including everything from large families to those who fly solo. Everyone craves a feeling of home; a place where one feels comfortable, at peace and a feeling of belonging. Artists have been depicting an expression of home in their works for centuries.  Anat Shiftan: The Garden is a solo exhibition with themes of the domestic garden expressed in three-dimensional still life and centerpieces. Historically, still life depicts arranged elements from nature, life in the outdoors of the domestic world, and leans on the symbolic agency of these items to suggest a critique of the human condition. Inspired by the power of still life and the role of the centerpiece in domestic life, Anat creates arrangements that echo this history. She asks the viewer to question the legacy of nature, the botanical, and our material culture.

Anat Shiftan is a ceramic artist and professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, who brings her work to the Clay Art Center in a solo exhibition with themes of the domestic garden. Recent exhibition include solo shows at Pewabic Pottery, Greenwich House Pottery NY, The Clay Studio Philadelphia PA, Vessels Gallery Boston MA, and in group shows at Wave Hill NY, The Clay Studio, Great China Museum, China Jingdezhen, Jingdezhen Contemporary International Ceramics Exhibition, The Dorsky Museum, and Art Shanghai.


Related Programming

Anat Shiftan Tile Making Workshop

April 4 & 5, 10am – 4pm

In this workshop Anat Shiftan will teach a few simple techniques for designing tile prototypes for press molds. These prototypes will be cast in plaster for the production of multiples of the master tile.  Students will learn how to press tile in the mold successfully. Techniques will include naturalistic tile-relief renderings, graphic tile relief rendering, and raised line designs. Students will create up to 3 tile designs and learn to make a mold of the finished design.  


Anat Shiftan Slide Lecture

Sunday, April 5 at 4:30pm

Join us for a discussion and slide lecture about Anat’s ceramic work and process.


Container Garden Workshop in collaboration with Rye Nature Center
Saturday, April 18, 1 – 2:30pm

Clay Art Center is delighted to host a Container Garden Workshop to coincide with Anat Shiftan's solo show "The Garden" in our main Gallery. The Container Garden Workshop will be led by Siobhan Prout from Rye Nature Center, and participants will learn about planting and maintaining small plants and herbs suitable for indoor growing. Participants will take home their workshop items.


Welcome Home, is our year-long gallery focus for 2020 exploring all elements that make a home, through a series of four core exhibitions and related programming. The exhibits will examine the meaning of family, the daily routines, moments and items that surround us and add to our sense of home, and the interaction of the people within to create that place which develops our sense of identity. The exhibits include: Good Morning, The Garden by Anat Shiftan, A Taste of Home, and The Family Portrait.


Clay Art Center was founded in 1957 by Katherine Choy and Henry Okamoto. Unknown to them at the time, Clay Art Center would grow into an 11,000 square foot non-profit art center that delivers programming for professional artists, students, collectors, and the Port Chester community at large.


Clay Art Center is a nationally recognized non-profit center for the advancement and practice of ceramic arts offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community.  It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573. Gallery and SHOP hours are Tuesday - Friday, 10am-5pm, Saturday, 10am-4pm or by appointment.