The Commons is a wonderful place for the public to attend community and private events. There are 2 glass cases that can be viewed on both sides and a wall glass case. This is a great space to exhibit 3-D, multimedia, and kinetic pieces.


Touching Apathy by Chase Gamblin                       

April 5-August 12, 2017

The vessel has and continues to be a strong aspect of my life as it provides a sense of freedom to explore form, surface and movement.  Driven by movement, I am pulled towards the processes of which my works are made from: the turning of the wheel, the dancing of the malleable vessel, the movement of the slips and glazes, and the flowing of the flame inside the kiln. Repeating thrown forms, stacking components, and applying slip, are the stages to creating these individual personas. It is the atmospheric firing process that brings the subtle intricacies of a weathered and aged surface. The pieces are animated and elegant, hard and coarse, yet balanced. I have started to add gold and rust into my work, which not only gives the pieces a beautiful contrast, it also delivers a finished sense of importance and elegance and age.

Whether it is throwing multiple components on the wheel, the construction or repair of a kiln, or simply a long drive in my car, these processes allow me to work in a manner that stimulates a meditative state of thinking, almost becoming ritualistic. I use the thrown vessel because I am most drawn-in by its processes and how I can handle the materials and finished vessels. 

About the Artist:

Chase Gamblin is a ceramic artist and educator from Metropolis, IL. Currently, he is a full-time faculty member at Indiana University as an Academic Specialist and Ceramic Studio Coordinator. Gamblin received his MFA from Texas Tech University and his BFA at the Appalachian Center for Craft of Tennessee Tech University. He has been invited to several residencies including international residencies at the International Ceramic Institute in Sanbao China and a sculpture residency in Vicchio, Italy. Gamblin has taught at several universities and is accredited to building the Ceramics program at Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN.  His work has been widely exhibited in galleries, museums and universities across the nation, as well as abroad. 


an exhibition of contemporary necklaces & Brooches

juried and curated by Linda Tien                                   

January 31 - april 4, 2017

OMNI translates to all. For CMAD’s first juried exhibition, I wanted to create a show in honor of the place it is displayed. The Commons was originally built in the 1970’s. It has undergone major reconstruction since, but its purpose and intent remains. It was built as a community gathering place. It was made for everyone.

The show was curated and juried with this sentiment in mind. The open call asked for necklaces and brooches, but the ones on display, are likely much different from the ones you may own or have purchased for a loved one.

Some pieces, deal directly with the ideas of unity and connectedness. Some concepts are simply ubiquitous, belonging to us all. Others are present to signify inclusiveness; to show that a necklace or brooch doesn’t need to be qualified by its appearance or its materials. It can be made of paper, fishing lures, leather, tiny gourds, fruit, a CD or a melted soda can. Some pieces represent a minority. Some pieces are a result of initiating inclusiveness and openness. One of these pieces’ process employs a non-traditional studio partner.

Featured Artists: 

Leslie Boyd, Wan Hee Cho, Margaret Dorfman, Teresa Faris, Lillian Fitzpatrick, Brice Garrett, Robly Glover, Susanne Henry, Mana Hewitt, Joshua Kosker, Randy Long, Brooke Marks-Swanson, Zach Mellman-Carsey, Nancy Slagle, Kelly Temple & JJ Thompson

IN UNION BY ELLEN KLECKNER                                      

November 15, 2016- JANUARY 30, 2017

Art Lunch Open House: Monday January 30th, 11:30AM-2:00PM!


Through a convergence of materials, this series of vessels use a familiar vocabulary drawn from a legacy of makers and leads us into the unfamiliar, where materials embody idea and form becomes a question.


Ellen Kleckner is a ceramic artist and currently serves as the Executive Director of The Ceramic Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. She studied at Ohio University, University of Nebraska Lincoln and the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN. Her work and studies have received serval awards and she has exhibited throughout the nation. Additionally, she been selected for artist-in-residencies at Flux Factory (NY), Arrowmont (TN) and International Ceramic Studio (Hungary). 



This exhibit, organized by the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives, highlights materials in its collection related to Jean Tinguely’s kinetic sculpture Chaos I. Documents, including mail correspondence, letters, sketches, and images,  will shed new light on architect Cesar Pelli and Tinguely’s desire to create a common meeting place for the community. Chaos in the Commons is displayed alongside the sculpture on the second floor of the Commons.

Chaos I is a kinetic assemblage commissioned by Mr. J. Irwin and Mrs. Xenia S. Miller and Mrs. Clementine Tangeman in 1971 for the former Commons Mall. Swiss artist Jean Tinguely was chosen by Cesar Pelli, architect of the original Commons Mall. Tinguely used locally obtained materials and, under his supervision, local crafts people helped to build the sculpture. The work represents one of his main statements: “Life is movement.” Meant to be the focal point of The Commons like an old town clock in a town square.



MAY 3 - SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

Corey Jefferson is an Indianapolis based ceramic artist where he holds a faculty position at the Herron School of Art and Design-IUPUI. Jefferson earned a BFA from Miami University with a focus in both ceramics and printmaking and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati, with an emphasis in ceramic sculpting. Combining clay and found objects, he builds three-dimensional objects that are influenced by boat forms and the natural environment that surrounds him. 

Jefferson was born in Delaware and is greatly influenced by his time growing up near the coast. He explains, “seeing the vast landscape, hearing the ocean, watching boats and collecting driftwood were things that shaped my aesthetic sensibility and gave me a sense of wonder about our connection with sea and self. The boat - it’s form, it’s design, it’s role in humanity - influences my work. In books, in poems, in films, the boat is a vessel for physical, mental and spiritual travel. Being an avid kayaker on the White River, I marvel how easy it is to be at one with nature. Nature gives us everything we need and asks so little from us but to be respected and taken care of.” His current body of work addresses this concept.



Maggie Kirkpatrick is an engineer by degree, but a 'jack of all trades' by profession. She is an aspiring woodworker at every opportunity.
Kirkpatrick grew up tinkering with her father in his workshop and, as the saying goes, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. She started to amass her own collection of tools & finally have a workshop to call her own. She loves nothing more than losing herself for hours (or days) amidst a pile of wood chips & sawdust. 
All of her work is hand-crafted using a mix of hand & power tools...from a variety of chisels to her prized antique delta bandsaw, and everything in between. each piece is sanded down, buffed and sealed with a tung oil/mineral oil/beeswax (food-safe) finish.
Kirkpatrick make spoons, scoops, knives, forks, sporks, spatulas, muddlers & boards (in all shapes, sizes, woods + engraving/inlay options), and she is always open to custom orders & new ideas. Each piece is one of a kind...and still a little difficult for her to part with.


2/2 TO 3/29

A life-long resident of Columbus, IN, Jerald Hatton has always been fascinated by anything made of glass. Lessons in creating stained glass working at Classic Stained Glass in North Vernon in the late 1990s cemented this interest, and he was immediately hooked by the process of cutting glass and combining colors and textures.

Hatton has exhibited at DSI D’Vine Winter Wine and Beer Festival in Columbus, IN; Columbus Indiana Farmers Market; Artfest in Columbus, IN; Penrod Arts Fair at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, IN; Chautauqua Festival of Art in Madison, IN; Wine-A-Ree in Columbus, IN; Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show in Columbus, IN and Christmas at the Cape Open House in Columbus, IN.

Following a career in information systems and technology, Hatton’s passion for glass work prompted his decision to retire and focus on working in this medium. He has been a featured artist on the Indiana Glass Trail.

Hatton uses glass from many resources. His association with Marilyn Brackney and the Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show has prompted him to focus on reusing discarded glass to produce new items that can be both beautiful and functional. Hatton is confident that his work will focus more on using “glass with a past” going forward.

Deja vu reception

An art and fine craft show that began in 2005 as a modest exhibit held in celebration of Earth Day has grown into the premier event of its type in the state. This year will mark the tenth time the Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show has been presented. Now held in observance of America Recycles Day, this year’s show will feature more than 60 professional artists.

Art lovers who attended shows in the past have been astonished to see the quality of art and fine crafts made from materials most people throw away. The event serves to demonstrate that with imagination, much of what we consider useless can be turned into something beautiful, and repurposing materials to create art will help save energy, natural resources, and landfill space.

Artists from Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio will show art and fine crafts such as painting, sculpture, jewelry, wearable art, woodworking, glass art, and weaving.