For these ceramic and wood artists, small is beautiful

Right now,  the Clay Studio in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood looks like a doll house lover’s dream. The walls hold dozens of Plexiglas cubes, 4 inches square. Inside each is a small artwork, created for the exhibit “Small Favors: Think Inside the Box.”  

It’s the 13th year for the exhibit. Jennifer Zwilling, the studio’s artistic programs curator, said trends evolve from one year to the next. 

“This year, there’s a lot of white,” she noted. 

This year, the Clay Studio collaborated with the Center for Art in Wood.   The woodworkers saw the size as a challenge, rather than a limitation, said center co-founder Albert LeCoff.

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With entries ranging from the very tiny to others that spill out from the cube, he joked, “They’re thinking inside and outside the cube.”

“Small Favors: Think Inside the Box”  continues at the Clay Studio and the Center for Art in Wood through May 27.

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