NCECA 2018: Pittsburgh, PA!
As I finalize preparations to attend the conference, I wanted to share some of my tips about getting the most out of the conference. This information is especially valuable for those of you attending NCECA for the first time.
My Group Exhibition:
I have been co-organizing the exhibition Ash and Flash with Denise Joyal. I have to say a huge thank you to Denise who took on the brunt of the work as I have been busy moving and making this transition to Savanna, IL. Hope to see you at our opening reception Friday, March 16 at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts.
It's hard to believe it's officially fall as I finally edit images from the summer.
I really enjoyed creating these berry bowls and colanders. Exploring a variety of cut out designs, and pairings of fresh berries and fruits in the completed forms.
The addiction or rather labor of love for these cut out designs is now morphing into new forms. I have been making jars with cut outs lately to hold potatoes, avocados, and garlic. Vases with cut outs in the top third. Once I have fired and photographed some of these I will start sharing some of the photos in a new blogpost.
This spring I finally learned how to use the time lapse feature on my phone. Yea, a little behind in understanding technology.
Now I have process videos that I am making and sharing on instagram on a regular basis. Here is an example of my time lapse of creating a berry bowls.
Click on image on the left to see the video.
"Essential Earth: Invitational Ceramics Exhibition" at the Wayne Art Center
This spring filled with amazing new opportunities in ceramics. So much to be grateful for! It was such an honor to be invited into "Essential Earth," and to exhibit along side of really amazing established and emerging artists.
Cannot forget to mention the the exhibition "Ceramic Innovations" an equally amazing international juried exhibit that was going on at the same time. If you want to see more images from both exhibitions check out the Wayne Art Center website by clicking here.
"Thrown and Carved" at the Clay Coop
I also have a solo exhibition up at the Clay Coop in Rockville, MD. This exhibit will be accompanied by a workshop about altering pots off the wheel by carving. There are still a select number of seats left in this workshop! If you have not heard of the Clay Coop before and you live in the DC area you should definitely check out their website by clicking here.
To sum things up I'm also excited to share that I am now apart of the group "Home Before Dawn."
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The exhibit "Decadence of Display: Ceramics for Dessert" will be on display January 26th to February 20th at Whitaker Gallery, Hood College, Frederick, MD. It's still up for another 12 days.
My ceramic pieces have traveled from my exhibit “Küchen” in Germany. The other artists in this group exhibit are: Elizabeth Coleman, Adrienne Eliades, Kate Maury, Catie Miller, Helen Otterson, and Eric Thornton. Each participant has created work revolving around this theme of dessert with a wide range of styles. Clays ranging from porcelain to earthen-ware, and German clays. Some examples of the surface techniques are sprigs, silkscreen, slip designs, inlay and more.
A few images from my solo exhibition "Coalesce" at Brockway Center for the Arts, Brockway, PA. A selection of soda-fired and wood-fired ceramics from the last couple of years. Accompanied by a workshop on thrown and altered ceramics.
This past summer, I was selected to be a resident artist at Zentrum für Keramik in Berlin, Germany.
I worked along side of Helen Otterson and Eric Thornton who I had previously worked with at the International Ceramics Studio, in Kecskemét, Hungary. As artists working at different colleges, facing similar challenges associated with teaching, maintaining studios, and collegiate service, our residency in Germany allowed us the time and space to explore new materials and building techniques. Surrounded by inspiration visually and culturally enabled us to connect our mutual love of art, desserts, and travel. While in Berlin, we visited many art museums, bakeries, chocolatiers, and open-air food markets.
The “Küchen” exhibit at Zentrum für Keramik-Berlin was the culmination of our diligent efforts to connect deserts to there serving vessels. With the diversity of attendees, desert filled ceramics became the international language that united the observers and artists as we experienced our time together in ways that go beyond language.
Works from the “Küchen” will be traveling to Hood College’s exhibit "Decadence of Display: Ceramics for Dessert." The exhibit will also include works by additional invited artists. “Decadence of Display” will be open January 26 through February 20th at Whitaker Gallery at Hood College. The reception is Thursday, January 26th from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.
The theme of this exhibit is Psychometry, or “the supposed ability to discover facts about an event or person by touching objects associated with them.” Through the ceramic pieces, one has a window into my life – the long hours spent learning how to construct and fire ceramics, the sawdust that was left behind as I carved, the travels that inspired the surfaces, my past that emphasizes function. These pieces will gain even more of a story when they enter into the new owners hands, and begin to have new memories associated with them.
I am in the midst of working on applications for an art residency this summer, and just remembering how awesome my times were working both in Hungary and China. These art residencies are a great time to freely play with making work outside of what I usually do and to gain inspiration from different cultures in every sense.
Fingers crossed for what program I might get into for this summer.
Porcelain pieces that I made at the International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary, 2014
Porcelain pieces that I made at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China, 2012. Additional images of the team work, and skilled ceramic workers in China.
So excited to have my first article published!
The editors at Ceramics Monthly were terrific to work with and I am also grateful for the high quality photos Adam Levition was able to take. If you have not had a chance to see my article in Ceramics Monthly's December 2015 issue it is attached below.
"Originally published in December 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly, pages (insert page #s). http://www.ceramicsmonthly.org . Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission."