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Pittsburgh and Baltimore to clash in more than football at Carnegie ceramics show

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 9:04 p.m.
Randy Jarosz | For the Signal Item
Standard Ceramic staff artist Carla Flati sets up art work from a Baltimore artist in preparation for a show at the Clay Place.
Randy Jarosz | For the Signal Item
Standard Ceramics staff artist Carla Flati admires a piece of artwork from Pittsburgh artist Ed Eberle in preparation for a show at the Clay Place.
Pittsburgh artist Laura Jean McLaughlin also has work on display at the upcoming show at the Clay Place.

The Steelers and the Ravens aren't the only Pittsburgh and Baltimore entities facing off this weekend.

The Clay Place at Standard Ceramics in Carnegie will kick off a Pittsburgh/Baltimore-themed exhibit Sunday, hours before the two rival football teams kick off at Heinz Field.

“That's part of the reason we're having it this weekend — to play off the rivalry,” said Clay Place operations manager Lee Grice.

The exhibit “Rival Cities – One Field” opens Saturday at 6 p.m. with a reception at the Clay Place.

The idea was spurred by Standard Ceramics owner Graham Turnbull, who also is on the board of Baltimore Clay Works.

“He has a foot in each city,” Grice said. “And we were looking for an exhibit for our gallery to be up through the holiday season.”

The exhibit has been just six weeks in the making.

Staff artist Carla Flati, who also runs the Clay Place gallery, said the curators in each city were instrumental in getting featured artists on board.

“We got a lot of cooperation, especially from the Baltimore people,” she said.

Pittsburgh artists who will be on display are Ed Eberle, Dale Huffman, Scott Cornish, Joe Delphia, Eric Hahn, Seth Payne, Kyle Houser, Robert Isenberg, Kirk Mangus, Laura Jean McLaughlin and Mary Martin.

Baltimore artists are Mary Cloonan, Jim Dugan, Brett Freund, Yoshi Fujii, Bianka Groves, Matt Hyleck, Shawna Pincus, Yasuyo Sakamaki, Michelle Swafford and Samuel Wallace.

Flati said she expects some Baltimore artists to attend Saturday's opening.

While teams from the two cities will battle on the football field, the Clay Place exhibit will be more of a collaboration.

“It's really just a conglomeration of artists and potters from Baltimore and Pittsburgh,” Flati said. “Some of it is functional art, some of it is sculptural work — it's all very good stuff.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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