A fall 2017 Newark Academy exhibit by artists Irene and Paul Aspell incorporated both their sensibilities, combining Paul’s ceramic plates and Irene’s paintings. The artists have been married for 35 years.
Paul Aspell, who taught at Newark Academy for 16 years, specializes in stoneware pottery. He describes his current work in ceramics as a continuing investigation of texture and form. His training includes a B.A in Art Education and an M.A. in Ceramics. He also studied with talented potters at workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and the Peter’s Valley School of Craft in New Jersey,
Many of Irene Aspell’s paintings, which include flora and fauna, draw from her experience as an organic gardener. Irene earned her B.F.A. in Designer Crafts.
The Newark Academy gallery hosts the Aspells’ work every other year, including a 2015 exhibition by Paul, Plates and Platters, and a joint 2013 exhibition, A Marriage of Materials. According to Paul, “The process of making art is evolutionary. The inspiration I receive from creating one piece is infused into the next.”
After Paul retired from teaching in 2002, the couple moved to the Maryland shore, where they have a studio and show their work locally. You can follow Paul’s latest work on Instagram.