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Ceramics by Derik Spoon at Reflection Gallery in November

Derik SpoonHANCOCK, MI -The Finlandia University Reflection Gallery, Hancock, will host a ceramics exhibit by local artist Derik Spoon from November 1 to November 30, 2012.

An opening reception for the artist will take place at the gallery on Thursday, November 1, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

Ceramic Art by Derik SpoonSpoon's exhibit, "Live Through This," is a collection of ceramic art that illuminates his fascination with disassembly.

Before he studied art, Spoon worked as a bicycle mechanic, a job in which he needed to determine what worked and what didn't. To do this, he learned to disassemble objects and diagnose problems through evaluation of those individual bicycle components. Now he now applies those skills to his art.

"Everything that I make is taken from the aspect of breaking down the piece as a whole and then assembling it from parts," says Spoon. "My hand-built ceramic pieces are indicative of this process. They are sketched out and broken down mentally before I touch the clay."

Spoon, who teaches ceramics at Finlandia University, has also worked as a slip-casting and ceramic glaze technician and taught ceramics at Tacoma Metro Parks, Open Arts Studio, and Manitou Arts Center.

The Reflection Gallery is located on the second level of Finlandia's Jutila Center campus, 200 Michigan Street, Hancock, MI 49930.

For additional information, call 906-487-7500 or e-mail