WATCHUNG, NJ - Plainfield resident Larry Quirk is the curator of an exhibit coming to the Watchung Arts Center, and one of the 18 local ceramic artists who will be featured.  A variety of work will be exhibited from April 6 through April 28, all springing from the medium of clay.

When he was asked how he approached the theme for the exhibit, Quirk said, "I was very happy that Paul Pinkman, the Vice-President of Visual Arts at the Watchung Arts Center, asked me to consider mounting a ceramics show.  Both he and I feel that ceramics needs wider exposure in the art world."

Quirk said, "I do not think that the public fully understands the wide range of art that can be realized using clay and various surface treatments.  Hopefully, the selections of work that I have made in curating What Clay Can Be will not only provide a stimulus for the senses and the imagination, but will showcase how different artists through talent and the mastery of form, material and process can create different artistic experiences from the same humble clay."

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A retired lawyer, Quirk took up pottery in 2009 by taking an introductory class at the duCret School of Art in Plainfield.  Two years of classes at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit followed, and for the past seven years he has continued his ceramic classes at The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, and in private classes in Somerville.

The opening reception for What Clay Can Be will be held on Sunday, April 7 from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. in the Lower Gallery. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 908-753-0190 or visit  The Watchung Arts Center is located at 18 Sterling Road in Watchung.