Exhibition: Shaping Nature

Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
7 Varsity Drive
Niagara University, NY 14109

September 27, 2023
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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A pair of hands molds earthen clay as it spins around a pottery wheel carefully guiding the creation of a new vase.

Shaping Nature explores the relationship between function, nature, and artistry in the work of Buffalo-based potter, Junko McGee. Junko moved from Tokyo to Buffalo in 1987.

In 1995, Junko learned pottery in Western New York after enrolling in pottery classes at the University at Buffalo Creative Craft Center. Her deep connection to the region over the years includes creating specific pottery for the local Japanese community’s tea ceremonies, teaching in the Buffalo school district, and participating exclusively in area art festivals.

Junko’s work blends influences from both American and Japanese pottery. Her passion for experimentation focuses on discovering new techniques, forms, and textures that encourage the sensory exploration of each piece.