June 22, 2007
For more than 30 years Emily Shoey has been a professional clay artist, but it wasn't until she discovered the technique of Majolica that her work took on new meaning.

"I felt this was something I was meant to do," Shoey said of the old glazing technique done on redware. "I have been working in this wonderful medium ever since. I am constantly discovering colors and techniques to better express what I want to say through my work."

The Littlestown-based artist will be featured August 1 through August 31 at Radius, HACC Gallery and Museum Shop. The gallery is located on the ground floor of the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Third and North Streets in Harrisburg. Radius is a partnership of HACC and the State of Pennsylvania/Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission.

With the use of Majolica, Shuey has brought a unique twist to her ceramics, according to Jessica Lantz, Radius' curator of arts and assistant manager.

"So many ceramicists are using neutral earth tone colors in glaze. I found Shoey's glaze to be unique," Lantz said. "When you see her white pieces with all these different colors of fruits and flowers on them, they are very eye catching."

A graduate of Penn State, Shoey holds a bachelor's degree in art education and has taught art classes for all ages for many years. Her award-winning work has been featured in regional and national exhibitions.

Radius will feature some of the Majolica vases, teapots, bowls and trays that Shoey has created during an open house from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. Shoey will be on hand to answer questions and meet visitors. Light refreshments will be provided.

Radius is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 717-787-5590 or send an email to Lantz at the email address below.

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