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Sean Donlon: Unspoken

  • Quirk Gallery 207 West Broad Street Richmond, VA, 23220 United States (map)

For his solo show, Unspoken, Sean Donlon continues his manipulation of a familiar object. "What started as an obsession...turned into an opportunity to make sense of the world," Donlon explains. "The teapot became a symbol in my eyes; one that could be recognized by all people. [It's] a powerful symbol...[it] can connect everyone by providing a moment to wind down, interact, tell stories, or internally reflect." 

After graduating from VCU's Craft and Material Studies program, Donlon traveled to Italy and Germany to study lost techniques (crafting glass eyes and other prosthetics) from international glass artists. He has since settled in Richmond and is one of the co-founders of Mule Barn Craft Studio, a collective of young artists working in multiple disciplines. Donlon has served as a fellow of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and he was awarded Best in Show at Craft + Design as a first-year exhibitor. He has previously shown work at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and the Chrysler Museum. Earlier this year, Donlon was featured in American Craft Magazine.