National Ceramics Invitational

National Ceramics Invitational 2016

July 7 - 30, 2016
opening reception: thurs, july 7, 5-8pm

Miles Spadone

Featuring: John Balistreri, Anne Currier, Alessandro Gallo, Chris Gustin, Jun Kaneko, Steven Young Lee, Jim Melchert, Norleen Nosri, Richard Notkin, Zemer Peled, Peter Pincus, Nathan Prouty, Bobby Silverman, John Souter, Miles Spadone, Tip Toland.

Traver Gallery is pleased to announce part two of our three-part exhibition series, Ceramics Invitational: National Clay. This show aims to promote clay as a fine art medium while highlighting its contemporary applications.

For this exhibition, Traver Gallery invited 15 contemporary ceramic artists presently residing and working within the United States to exhibit examples of their current work.

Highlights from the exhibition include several large scale sculptures and wall mounted panels by internationally acclaimed artist, Jun Kaneko, one life-size self portrait by the renowned Tip Toland, a variety of totems by John Balistreri, Professor of Art and the head of the ceramic art program at Bowling Green State University, and a series of deconstructed works by artist and Artistic Director of the Archie Bray Foundation Steven Young Lee. Also of note, the reconstructed ceramic shard assemblages by Zemer Peled, colorfully curious and humorous abstract forms by Nathan Prouty and John Souter, and modern slip cast sculpture by Miles Spadone.

For advance images of works included in this exhibition, please email the gallery directly

John Kiley and Justin Ginsberg

Justin Ginsberg

John Kiley

Lino Tagliapietra

August 3 - 27, 2016
wednesday, aug 3th, 5-8pm



The eight monolithic sculptures born of optical glass blocks included in this exhibition mark an important and significant shift in John Kiley's career. While this new, limited series is based on the same notion that has guided all of his work in sculpture - that there is beauty revealed in the broken - this body of work does away with nearly all extraneous elements, pushing us to see clearly the break itself as beautiful. Hairline fractures disperse to loosely capture and define the space of the crystalline form. Kiley, in explosive and studied action, captures a totally unpredictable yet strikingly captivating network of facets, fissures and shards. With this shattering of transparency he beckons light in, inviting it to play. In infinite and stunningly beautiful iterations, John Kiley offers a gift of captured light.

Seattle native John Kiley began his professional career at the age of 19 at The Glass Eye Studio.  Promoted to Gaffer on Dale Chihuly's chandelier team at the age of 21, he traveled to Finland, Ireland, Mexico and Italy as part of the Chihuly Over Venice Team.  He was a principal member of Lino Taglipietra's team for sixteen years until 2011 when he became the Glass Director at the Schack Art Center in Everett, WA.  In addition to his work with Chihuly and Tagliapietra, John has worked with Dante Marioni and Benjamin Moore and has been a teaching assistant to Lino Tagliapietra, Dante Marioni, Benjamin Moore, Richard Marquis, Josiah McElheny, & Checco Ongaro.

Kiley has been a visiting instructor at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland, The Bezalel Academy of Art And Design in Jerusalem, Israel, The Pittsburgh Glass Center and Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, WA.  He has worked and demonstrated in Finland, Ireland, Mexico, Italy, Japan, Bulgaria, China, Australia, Brazil and Turkey.  He has exhibited his work at galleries around the world.


"There is a powerful capacity to communicate through process. By accepting this symbolic form of communication. I remain open to possibility and flexible to the unforeseen. It is within the realm of giving up control, letting go, embracing spontaneity - that my work is nurtured. Sparked by my intrigue into the properties of materials and the preciousness of action, I am attempting to abandon traditional methods, seeking new ways to engage process and object. I challenge the perceived boundaries of material and the presumed nature of things, often relying on metaphor and gesture, to express my interest into my own fragile existence.” – Justin Ginsberg

This exhibition includes experimental works in glass, video and sound. Ginsberg was born in Dallas, Texas. Since 2013 he has been the head of the glass department and assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Ginsberg has exhibited nationally and internationally including a solo exhibition in Berlin, Germany. He has been published in the New Glass Review five of the last six years and recently placed a work in the permanent collection of the Kunstpalast Museum in Dusseldorf. In 2015 he completed residencies at the Corning Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Museum of Glass. He will be a visiting artist at the Toyama City Institute of Glass and exhibiting a performance at the Chrysler Museum of Glass later this year.


Years ago William Traver offered Lino Tagliapietra his first solo exhibition in the United States, marking the beginning of what would become a remarkable career, a deep connection between the Pacific Northwest and Venice, and a more than 30 year friendship and partnership between gallery and artist. After years of representing Maestro Lino Tagliapietra, Traver Gallery is thrilled to announce a new dedicated space for Lino's artwork, featuring a rotating collection of new and archived sculptures hand selected from the artist's studio.