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about the artist

art of the carolinasAfter receiving a BFA and an MFA in ceramics and sculpture from the University of South Carolina, David Zacharias lives, works, and teaches in Spartanburg, SC as a member of the Converse College Department of Art & Design.

artist's thoughts

"Creativity is where discovery begins. Creativity starts with an idea and is followed by a debate to determine the worthiness of the idea. If the idea is worthy of the hard work that follows, an end product may be realized. Once work begins, creativity does not stop but it rarely peaks again like it did when the idea was initially conceived. Creativity usually leads to something new or a new, better way or example of something that has already been done. Creativity is essential in almost everything that we do or involve ourselves with on a daily basis. The importance of creativity is immeasurable. Just as creativity is the essential spark that leads to the creation of almost all things, creativity has that same importance in our lives.

The power of discovery is euphoric. It begins with an idea that is worthy of the time investment to see it through. Then the hard work takes place to take that idea from purely an idea or perhaps a series of sketches to an actual object. The height of this euphoria, for me, occurs when a piece is just completed in the damp clay state. At this time the clay is in what is called a leather hard state. I place the piece on a potters wheel, give it a slow spin and walk around the studio looking at it from various angles and distances. Sometimes minor changes will be made but it is at this time that the form and subtleties in the form are most bold. Although the end product is not realized until it comes out of the final firing, it is the leather hard state when the greatest discovery is made. Future exploration usually evolves from this state until an idea is exhausted."

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selected exhibitions

 

one person exhibits

  • 2007 “Notes from Underground: the Basement Projects”, Milliken Gallery, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC
  • 2000 “51/2”, Milliken Gallery, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC
  • 1995 “Vessels-Basic Form Variations”, Meteor Gallery, Columbia, SC
  • 1994 “Vessels That Pour”, Sandor Teszler Library Gallery, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
  • 1990 “3-D Works”, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Francis Marion College, Florence, SC
  • 1988 “Pots is Pots”, Lewis & Clark Gallery, Columbia, SC
  • 1986 “Thoughts and Conversations”, Tullibody Gallery, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL
  • 1984 “Paintings and Sculpture”, Vancouver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1981 "Warm Nite on a Warm Night", Weekend Gallery, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

group exhibits

  • 2008 “Ron Meyers Exhibition  with Chuck Hindes and Dan Murphy + 10 of Ron Meyers Chosen Students”, Cora Stafford Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
  • 2007 “OZ Olencki Mark – Zacharias David”, Guild Gallery, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, SC
  • 2005 “Riverrun-Art of the Reedy River”, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
  • 2003 “A Tribute to Trees”, Wofford College Campus and Sandor Teszler Library, Spartanburg, SC
  • 2001 “SC Clay”, McBryde Hall, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
  • 2000 “ Clay”, McMaster Gallery, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • 1999 “Practical Extravagance”, SCAC Invitational, NationsBank Exhibition Space, Columbia, SC
  • 1997 “Born of Fire”, The Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC
  • 1994 “Centennial Celebration”, Lipscomb Art Gallery, SC State Museum, Columbia, SC
  • 1992 “Hot Fire”, Tullibody Fine Arts Center Gallery, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL
  • 1987 “Two Person Exhibit”, The Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC

competitions

  • 2007 “Hub City Biennial”, Milliken and Parsons Galleries, Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC
  • 2006 “South Carolina Artists Juried Exhibition”, Pickens County Museum of Art, Pickens, SC
  • 2005 “13th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National”, Market House Craft Center, E. Petersburg, PA
  • 2004 “29th Annual Juried Exhibition”, Anderson County Fine Arts Center, Anderson, SC
  • 2003 “Hub City Biennial”, Milliken and Parsons Galleries, Museum of Art, Spatanburg, SC
  • 2002 “29th Annual Juried Exhibition”, Spartanburg County Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC
  • 1998 “Viewpoints >98 National Exhibition”, Hyde Gallery, Grossmont College, El Cahon, CA
  • 1995 “10th Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition”, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
  • 1994 “Contemporary Forms in Ceramics”, Moody Art Gallery, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • 1992 “17th Annual Juried Exhibition”, Anderson County Arts Center, Anderson, SC
  • 1991 “North Carolina National Bank Annual”, NCNB on West Main Street, Spartanburg, SC
  • 1989 “The Upstairs Biennial”, The Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC
  • 1986 “Whirlpool Foundation Traveling Exhibit”, Krasl Art Center, Detroit, MI
  • 1985 “New Mexico International Art Exhibit”, Clovis Art Center, Clovis, NM
  • 1983 “Small Works”, New York University Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1979 “Southern Realism” Southern Arts Federation Traveling Exhibit, Jackson Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
  • 1992 1st Annual Carolinas Clay Competition, Pope’s Gallery, Charlotte, NC
  • 1991 NCNB Annual Juried Exhibition, Spartanburg, SC
  • 1989 The Upstairs Biennial, The Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC
  • 1989 South Carolina Crafts Association Juried Exhibition, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC
  • 1986 Whirlpool Foundation Traveling Exhibit, Krasl Art Center, Detroit, MI
  • 1985 New Mexico International Art Exhibit, Clovis, NM
  • 1983 Small Works—New York University Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1979 Southern Realism—Southern Arts Federation Traveling Exhibit, Jackson Museum of Art, Jackson, MS

 

 

 

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