Robert Sunday opens 'Silver' exhibit

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Internationally recognized Rockford artist Robert Sunday celebrates 25 years of creating raku-fired ceramic art with an exhibition titled “Silver” Aug. 25 at Kortman Gallery.

This silver anniversary exhibit features limited edition pieces especially created for this milestone event in Sunday’s career.

Sunday, a graduate of Rockford College and teacher at Keith School, is best known for his geometric, art deco and prairie-style designs, which balance sharply with the freeform earth and fire nature of raku.

“My raku-firing techniques result in works of brilliant jewel-tones colors, and for this exhibit, I will also be making pieces with silver incorporated into the work,” Sunday said.

Kortman Gallery Director Doc Slafkosky said, “For Bob Sunday fans and collectors, this will be a unique opportunity to see new work that will probably not be available after this exhibit.”

Sunday’s striking ceramic art pieces can be found in collections from Rockford to Tokyo to the state of Hawaii Governor’s Collection and in corporate collections in Chicago, New York and Singapore.

Sunday added: “Late in the 1990s, I was invited by Hillary Clinton to produce a piece of work to be hung on the Clinton White House Christmas tree. That item remains at the Smithsonian.”

The Robert Sunday “Silver” exhibition opens with a reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 25, in Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St. For more information, call 968-0123 or visit

From the Aug. 23-29, 2006, issue

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