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Oct 10, 09:00AM EDT to Oct 25, 11:55PM EDT

Smithsonian Craft Show Artist Shops - Kate Tremel

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Event Description

Smithsonian Craft Show Artist  Shops - Kate Tremel by Kate Tremel
My ceramic pieces are made using a pre-Colombian technique that I learned as an anthropology student working with potters in Peru. Beginning with a stiff, leather hard form, I slowly thin and give the vessel volume by beating the exterior with a wooden paddle against a round stone held on the inside of the pot. In the pierced series, I cut holes with a tapered tool and then go back in a race against time, as the clay dries and shrinks, to deconstruct the fragile walls with a knife into improvised maps of lace. This process of deconstruction is a test of patience and an act of meditation and care to guard against collapse. Piercing the walls bit by bit, breaking down the skin of the exterior shell, I give the viewer access to the interior. The lamps lit from within with gold domed bulbs, project the spirit of the inner space through the walls of the pot refracting quiet, contemplative light into patterns on the walls of a dark room. I have always liked the connection to the history of makers that ceramics affords. My fascination with forms in nature and the simple volumes of the vernacular village pot provide the inspiration for creating fresh interpretations of objects that enrich the experience of our daily lives. I hold an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA from Middlebury College. I am a Lecturer at the Penny Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. I maintain a studio in Ann Arbor and exhibits my work through galleries and fine art and craft shows nationally. I am one of 100 artists selected to be part of the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show, hosted this year on Bidsquare. To learn more and see the full list of participating artists, click here. Read more
Kate Tremel



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After the sale and upon receipt and clearing of payment in full, Artist will contact the Buyer. Shipping and insurance will be arranged directly between the Buyer and Artist. The Buyer shall be responsible for any shipping and insurance charges. Once payment is received, all purchases will be shipped via FED EX Ground, unless requested prior to payment of final invoice. Tracking Information will be provided through email. No refunds will be given for any reason. Read more

Terms & Conditions

Artist, Bidsquare, and the Smithsonian Women’s Committee (the “SWC”) have collaborated to promote and conduct this 2020 Storefront Sale (“Storefront Sale”). The items in Artist’s Storefront Sale are offered and sold by Artist at “Buy Now” prices under the following Rules and Conditions of Sale in addition to any other terms set forth by Bidsquare. Anyone registering to buy or buying an item in this Sale (a “Buyer” in the “Sale”) accepts these Rules and Conditions of Sale. These Rules and Conditions of Sale constitute the entire agreement between the Artist and Buyer. Additional terms and conditions required by Bidsquare and the Artist may apply to Buyer’s participation in the Storefront Sale. 1. Sales Prices of the items offered for sale are based on Artist’s current retail prices. All property is sold “as is” and all sales are final. 2. Billing and Payment Upon purchase and payment, the Buyer becomes the buyer and owner of the property. The Buyer is responsible for the amount of the successful bid, a 3% service charge, applicable taxes, and any other charges provided for in applicable Rules and Conditions of Sale and any required by Artist and Bidsquare. Payments shall be made in U.S. dollars. 3. Collection of Property After the sale and upon receipt and clearing of payment in full, Artist will contact the Buyer. Shipping and insurance will be arranged directly between the Buyer and Artist. The Buyer shall be responsible for any shipping and insurance charges. No refunds will be given for any reason. 4. Representations or Warranties Artist has made every effort to describe the property correctly and accurately and to provide an accurate image of each item. Artist represents and warrants that the property (i) will generally conform to the information provided; and (ii) is free and clear of all liens, claims and encumbrances. However, the Smithsonian Institution and the SWC make no representations or warranties of any kind or nature, express or implied, regarding the correctness of the description, physical condition, quality or importance of the property sold in the Storefront Sale or its fitness for any purpose. Artist and Bidsquare retain the rights to photographs, catalogue text, illustrations and other intellectual property contained in any Storefront Sale catalogue and on the websites related to the Storefront Sale. 5. Information Information, including Buyer's name, telephone number, e-mail address, and amounts of purchases, will be collected by Bidsquare and Buyer consents to such information being be made available to Artist and to the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, which may contact Buyer in accordance with the Smithsonian’s Privacy Statement as set forth at 6. Time and Duration The sale begins at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT), October 13, 2020. The sale ends on October 25, 2020 at 11:55pm. For more information, contact Kate Tremel,, 734.709.4899