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Jonathan Cross
Origin
Power & Elegance in Form
May 3 - 25, 2013.  Artist reception: May 3, 5-7 p.m.
Read a review by Kate McGraw on the show
Jonathan Cross Ceramic Exhibition

Origin - Ceramic Sculptures by Jonathan Cross

Touching Stone Gallery is privileged to introduce Jonathan Cross, a gifted young artist doing very exciting works destined to leave a lasting mark in contemporary American ceramics.

Cross started his career as a printmaker for Gemini G.E.L., working with great artists like Richard Serra, from whom he drew inspirations. Interestingly, Cross found his true calling in ceramic after he developed a passion in cultivating exotic cacti. He began to create one-of-a-kind clay containers to complement the austere beauty of his plants. Soon, his unique containers were collected as works of art, and his passion blossomed into a new career that has allowed him to fully explore his rare gift in 3-dimensional design and sculpture.

There is power in the raw simplicity in Cross’ ceramic sculptures. Using minimalist forms with direct, forceful and purposeful lines, he sculpts clay into powerful sculptures with such visual impact that they seem to command as much attention as large monuments. He turns artistic concepts into elegant forms using a wide variety of techniques, including wood- and salt-firing, sand blasting, polishing, and painting. Most important, much of these techniques become largely invisible in the final products, as his works remain uncluttered and natural. 

Cross is presently working on his MFA in Arizona State University at Tempe. The current exhibition - his first major exhibition in Santa Fe - features an impressive body of work that showcases the distinctive vision and artistry of this up-and-coming ceramic artist.


 


 
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Jonathan Cross Formation IJonathan Cross Formation I
Formation I
Black stoneware, wood fired
10"h x 27" x 3"  (2 views)
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Jonathan Cross Formation IIJonathan Cross Formation II
Formation II
Black stoneware, salt fired, gold enamel
12"h x 9.5" x 2.5"  (2 views)


Jonathan Cross Formation IIIJonathan Cross Formation III
Formation III
Black stoneware, wood fired, silver enamel
7.5"h x 4.5" x 2.5"  (2 views)



Jonathan Cross Formation IVJonathan Cross Formation IV
Formation IV
Stoneware, wood fired
6.5"h x 4.5" x 4"  (2 views)
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Jonathan Cross Formation V Jonathan Cross Formation V
Formation V
Red stoneware, salt fired, gold enamel
6h x 6" x 4"  (2 views)
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Jonathan Cross Formation VIJonathan Cross Formation VI
Formation VI
Red stoneware, salt fired, copper enamel
9.5"h 8" x 4"  (2 views)
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Jonathan Cross Complement IJonathan Cross Complement I
Complement I
Black stoneware, salt fired, polished
11"h x 9" x3"  (2 views)
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Jonathan Cross Complement IIJonathan Cross Complement II
Complement II
Black stoneware, salt fired, polished, silver enamel
11"h x 12" x 2"  (2 views)



Jonathan Cross Complement IIIJonathan Cross Complement III
Complement III
Black stoneware, wood fired, sand blasted
7"h x 11" x 3.5"  (2 views)


Jonathan Cross Complement VJonathan Cross Complement V
Complement V
Red stoneware with slip, salt fired
7"h x 6" x5"  (2 views)
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Jonathan Cross Complement VIJonathan Cross Complement VI
Complement VI
Stoneware with slip, salt fired
7"h x 6.5" x 4.5"  (2 views)



Jonathan Cross Complement VIIJonathan Cross Complement VII
Complement VII
Stoneware, salt fired, sand blasted
6"h x 5" x 7"  (2 views)


Jonathan Cross Shift IJonathan Cross Shift I
Shift I
Black stoneware, wood fired
13"h x 6.5" x 5"  (2 views)



Jonathan Cross Shift IIJonathan Cross Shift II
Shift II
White stoneware, wood fired
7"h x 6" x 4"  (2 views)
Jonathan Cross Parallel Form IJonathan Cross Parallel Form I
Parallel Form I
Black stoneware, wood fired, gold enamel
18"h x 13" x 2.5"  (2 views)



Jonathan Cross PlaneJonathan Cross Plane
Plane
Black stoneware, salt fired, silver enamel
11.5"h x 13.5" x 2"  (2 views)



Jonathan Cross Shifting PlanesJonathan Cross Shifting Planes
Shifting Planes
Black stoneware, wood fired, gold enamel
14"h x 9" x 2.5"  (2 views)
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Jonathan Cross Parallel Form IIJonathan Cross Parallel Form II
Parallel Form II
Black stoneware, wood fired, silver enamel
15"h x 11" x 2"  (2 views) 
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Jonathan Cross CleaveJonathan Cross Cleave
Cleave
Black stoneware, wood fired
14"h 7" x 5"  (2 views)
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Jonathan Cross Divide IJonathan Cross Divide I
Divide I
Black stoneware, salt fired, polished
6.5"h x 5" x 3.5"  (2 views)



Jonathan Cross Divide IIJonathan Cross Divide II
Divide II
Black stoneware, wood fired
5"h x 7" x 5"  (2 views)



Jonathan Cross Divide IIIJonathan Cross Divide III
Divide III
Stoneware, wood fired, polished
5.5"h x 4" x 4"  (2 views)



Jonathan Cross Divide IVJonathan Cross Divide IV
Divide IV
Stoneware with slip, salt fired
5"h x 6.5" x 5"  (2 views)



Jonathan Cross Divide VJonathan Cross Divide V
Divide V
Stoneware, salt fired
4.5"h x 5.5" x 5"  (2 views)


Jonathan Cross Divide VI Jonathan Cross Divide VI
Divide VI
Stoneware, salt fired
8"h x 10" x 5"  (2 views)
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Jonathan Cross Invert IJonathan Cross Invert I
Invert I
Red stoneware, wood fired, gold enamel
6.5" x 6" x 3"  (2 views)
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Jonathan Cross Invert IIJonathan Cross Invert II
Invert II
Stoneware with slip, salt fired, sand blasted
6"h x 7" x 4.5" (2 views)



Jonathan Cross Pinnacle I Jonathan Cross Pinnacle I
Pinnacle I
Black stoneware, wood fired
19.5"h x 5" x 3"  (2 views)



Jonathan Cross Pinnacle IIJonathan Cross Pinnacle II
Pinnacle II
Black stoneware, wood fired
16"h x 5" x 2.5"  (2 views)
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Jonathan Cross Pinnacle IIIJonathan Cross Pinnacle III
Pinnacle III
Black stoneware, wood fired, enamel
21.5"h x 5" x 3"  (2 views)



Jonathan Cross Jut  
Jut
Wall piece, black stoneware, wood fired, sand blasted
21.5"h x 6.5" x 2"  (side view)


Jonathan Cross Complement IV 
Complement IV
Wall piece, black stoneware, salt fired, polished, silver enamel
25"h x 3" x 3"  (front view)
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Jonathan Cross
Education
2011-Present  MFA Candidate, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
2009-2011      Post B.A. portfolio student, ceramics. University of Dallas, Irving, TX.
2007-2009      Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA.
2000-2003      B.A. Printmaking- University of Dallas, Irving, TX.
1999-2000      Northlake College, Irving, TX.

Professional Experience
2012-Present   Research Assistant for Don Reitz 
2012-Present   Mesa Arts Center, Instructor, Ceramics, wood and soda firing
2011-2013      Arizona State University, Instructor, Ceramics, 3-D Design.
2004-2009      Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA. Master Printer

Solo Exhibitions
2013  Origin. Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
	Elemental. Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX.
	Plane Forms. Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX.
	Formation. Curated by Lucia Simek. Bows and Arrows Gallery, Dallas, TX.
2010	JONATHAN CROSS New Works. University of Dallas, Blakeley Annex, Irving, TX.

Other Exhibitions
2013	34th Annual Contemporary Crafts, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, AZ.
	Juried National II, Juror: Dan Anderson, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT.
	6th Annual Emerging Artist Show, CAMEO, Houston, TX.
	Flash Point, International Wood-fire exhibition, Denver, CO.
	Rinse and Repeat, Braggs Pie Factory, Phoenix, AZ.
2011	University of Dallas Regional Juried Ceramic Competion, Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery, TX.
	Atmospheric Fired 2011, Carbondale Clay Center, CO.
	Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibition 2011, Wichita Center for the Arts, KS.
	Strictly Functional Pottery National 2011, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA.
	New Graduate Exhibition, Harry Wood Gallery, ASU, AZ.
	Unidentified Fired Object, Harry Wood Annex, ASU. Tempe, AZ.
2010 	INFLUX University of Dallas Ceramics, MOKAH Art Gallery, TX.

 
Jonathan Cross at Touching Stone Gallery