Inspired by a range of objects and historical themes at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, ceramics students are creating sculptures for Historic Newton’s new exhibit, Sculpture Meets Nature: Outdoor Ceramics at the Museum. The work will be on display throughout the Durant-Kenrick grounds from May 13 through June 10. Free tours of the show are offered May 19 at 2 p.m., June 3 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and June 10 at 2:30 p.m. Register here for a tour or come on tour day.
The 14 students in the Architectural Ceramics course at the Ceramics Program-Office for the Arts at Harvard and their teacher, Allison Newsome (who also curated the sculpture trail at Kennard Park last fall), visited Durant-Kenrick for ideas. Their projects respond to subjects including the people enslaved by the Durant family and the Kenrick Nursery’s short-lived mulberry tree and silk production enterprise.
Andrés Alvarez Davila, who comes from Puerto Rico, found the “intricate timber framing” at Durant-Kenrick to inspire his sculpture. Everyday cooking implements captivated May Chau, who is creating a set of three sculptures that relate to them. “I was also inspired by the Durant-Kenrick’s history; how they developed the orchards; and how the family evolved to keep up with the land use,” she said.
Enjoy viewing all the intricate works of art that students created – about 20 in all – while strolling through the park and gardens at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds. The free exhibit is part of the Newton Festival of the Arts 2017.