Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change | Zemer Peled Making Of ‘New Year’s Best Dreams’ Video

Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change

February 26, 2016 – June 12, 2016

How is clay being used today in dynamic, interactive and innovative ways? Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change explores connections between clay, art, social issues and process. Works by 24 artists range from vessels to large scale installations, with artists responding  to contemporary issues while employing innovative approaches to the medium. The exhibition will present ways that projection, 3D modeling, video and advanced materials can be combined in ways that have an aesthetic and intellectual impact irrespective of their size, but rather in the way they engage viewers. Read more



Gallery installation documentation for Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change (NCECA), taken March 1, 2016 in the L8 Project Space of the Bloch Building at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO. Photographer / Bob Greenspan


This time lapse video illustrates Young Masters artist Zemed Peled creating her sculpture New Year’s Best Dreams.

The piece is part of the group show ‘Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change’ at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Peled’s work examines the beauty and brutality of the natural world. Her sculptural language is formed by her surrounding landscapes and nature, and engages with themes of memories, identity, and place. Her sculptures and installations consist of thousands of hand-crafted porcelain shards; a technique that yields a texture both delicate and severe. In some works, large scale-like ceramic pieces appear airy, delicate, and fluffy, as if one’s breath might break it. In others, Peled’s fragments are geometric barbs that mysteriously take on an alluring form – offering a sense of softness despite a sharp actuality. She has recently been featured in Hi-Fructose Magazine, Colossal, National Public Radio, MIND Magazine, O Magazine, andCeramics Monthly (which featured her on the cover of the May 2015 issue).