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First Friday: Roundabout Art Collective showcases ceramic works

Artists Jennifer Siegel and Marina Bosetti collaborated to make this mirrored platter. “Land to Hand: Two Attitudes, One Medium” will be on display at Roundabout Art Collective in Raleigh.
Artists Jennifer Siegel and Marina Bosetti collaborated to make this mirrored platter. “Land to Hand: Two Attitudes, One Medium” will be on display at Roundabout Art Collective in Raleigh. COURTESY OF STEVEN POWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

Jennifer Siegel and Marina Bosetti work with clay, and they often feel they need to explain why they call themselves ceramic artists instead of potters.

“A potter is someone who works primarily on the wheel, but we’re not that,” Siegel said.

Siegel and Bosetti won’t have to explain much on Friday, when they will showcase tiles, mirrors, lamps and other ceramic pieces at Roundabout Art Collective on Oberlin Road.

Roundabout will host a First Friday event for the show, “Land to Hand: Two Attitudes, One Medium,” from 6 to 9 p.m.

This is the third show at Roundabout that features exhibitions from the collective’s artists, who are part owners. In February, the group of about 20 artists opted to start featuring its own members instead of guest artists during the monthly First Friday shows.

Siegel and Bosetti are the only ceramic artists at Roundabout and decided to do a show together, supporting each other through the process.

“It’s nice to feel that pressure and share that stress with someone else,” Siegel said.

The two use the same medium, but have different approaches to pottery.

Siegel has been involved in pottery since she was 16, and she has worked as an apprentice for established artists. She now manages the clay studio at the N.C. State University Crafts Center.

At the show Friday, visitors can view a variety of Siegel’s creations, including mirrors, sculptures, decorated eggs and lamps.

“There’s cats, there’s flowers,” Siegel said. “I’m making a platter dedicated to Prince.”

Bosetti has spent the last 25 years designing and selling tiles primarily for use around fireplaces and on kitchen back splashes, using a centuries-old technique called cuerda seca.

Using heavy rollers to create flat sheets of clay, Bosetti cuts smaller pieces that slowly dry before glazing them and firing them in a kiln. Then Bosetti uses wax to create a design on each tile before filling in the spaces with vibrant colored glazes. The wax is removed during the firing process, leaving behind a mosaic with blank space between each color.

“It’s not really painting,” she said. “It’s more like icing.”

Bosetti is known for her tiles, but she also plans to share some of her other clay designs. She recently created a series of vessels with curvaceous and feminine shapes decorated with bold patterns and colorful flowers.

“It is an opportunity to break out of your mold and do something different,” Bosetti said.

Bosetti and Siegel also plan to make at least 100 ceramic pieces for a fundraiser May 20 to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Participants will get to take home a custom-made ceramic item as well as soup or bread from local bakeries and restaurants.

“People are looking for local and organic food, but they’re also looking for something (local) to eat off of,” Siegel said.

The two hope the fundraiser will get chefs thinking about other ways to incorporate local products into their kitchens.

Roundabout Art Collective is located at 305 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.

Chris Cioffi: 919-829-4802; @ReporterCioffi

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First Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m., is a monthly art event in downtown Raleigh. Galleries stay open late, and many restaurants offer special deals. To learn more, go online to

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