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NCECA Exhibits: Syd Carpenter: Musings on Place and Land

Standard Ceramic’s NCECA’s Exhibitions   When the 52nd Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts convenes in Pittsburgh this coming March 14 – 17, Standard Ceramic will transform its facilities into several galleries that will feature exhibitions by noted ceramic artists.  In addition, eight universities will be featured in “pop-up” shipping container galleries on the property.  Standard Ceramic is located in Carnegie, a nearby community just fifteen minutes from the downtown conference location.  Conference attendees will be able to travel to the site via charter buses and make their way through the galleries, viewing the art and touring Standard’s clay-making and glaze operations, its ClayPlace@Standard gallery space, the Standard Ceramic Supply store, and the company’s offices.  Local musicians will perform throughout the opening, with food and drink provided.   The 2018 conference theme – Crosscurrents: Clay and Culture – will explore sources of inspiration that influence and impact work in ceramics today.  The Standard exhibitions will address this theme.  Over the next several months, we will feature stories about these artists and their shows here on our website.  Visit us often to read about this exciting event.   Syd Carpenter: Musings on Place and Land  
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Pittsburgh to Host 52nd Annual NCECA Conference

Pittsburgh to Host 52nd Annual NCECA Conference The 52nd Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts will take place March 14 – 17, 2018 at Pittsburgh’s David Lawrence Convention Center.  Our city of rivers, bridges, complex immigrant history, gritty perseverance, and reinvention provides the setting for a reflection on the influence of culture on art, teaching and learning with clay. The 2018 conference theme – Crosscurrents: Clay and Culture – will explore sources of inspiration that influence and impact work in ceramics today.  Lectures, panel discussions, projects, and demonstrations will address the personal, social and aesthetic forces that animate creative work with elemental materials, methods and ideas in the information age. This year’s Conference Liaisons are Kate Lydon, Director of Exhibitions at the Society for Contemporary Craft and Shoji Satake, Assistant Professor of Ceramics at West Virginia University.  Lydon and Satake share enthusiasm for the impact of arts, culture and community engagement that are integral to NCECA’s model for conference developments, stating, “We are working on behalf of NCECA to integrate experiences with contemporary ceramic art throughout the city’s dive...
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The Marks Project Documents American Ceramic Artists

More than a few decades into the digital revolution, the expectation for instant information is pervasive.  At workplace water coolers, dinner tables, and social gatherings, cell phones and tablets are called into service to provide answers to questions ranging from the mundane to the obscure.  The 21st–century native wants answers now and answers fast. The availability and accessibility of all these answers depends on extensive and accurate databases.  Scientific fields have relied on data for centuries; the arts are newcomers to the party.  A Connecticut collector of ceramics is working toward changing that, at least regarding American ceramic artists.   Martha Vida, with a small team headed by Donald Clark as Research Coordinator launched www.themarksproject.org in 2015.   The Marks Project is an online research hub and compendium of ceramic artists – sculptors, conceptual artists, and studio potters – working in the United States from 1946 to the present and into the future.   A book designer-turned interior designer, Ms. Vida began to expand her own collection of ceramic art when she and her husband traveled in the United Kingdom during the 1980s and 1990s.  She was self-t...
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Akron Artists Part of Neighborhood Revitalization

Zeber-Martell Gallery & Clay Studio Claudia Zeber-Martell Michael Martell There likely is no independent artist who at one time or another hasn't longed for the age of patronage, imagining the luxury of creative freedom without the practical worries of paying the bills.  The challenge for artists today is finding an income stream that will support their art without cutting too deeply into time in the studio.  Teaching and the festival circuit are common solutions.  Akron, Ohio clay artists Michael Martell and Claudia Zeber-Martell operated a small sales room out of their Northside District studio for many years before economic development in the neighborhood presented an opportunity to expand into a full-scale gallery and shop.  This collaborative duo is learning ways to integrate a successful and growing retail operation into their lives as artists. Claudia and Michael met in the 1970s, when Michael was studying art in college and Claudia was developing as a painter.  They became friends and decided to shar...
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  Glaze Formulation Class October 25 - December 13 7 weeks, no class November 22 Tuition: $185   This course will take you through the process of formulating glazes from scratch, as well as adjusting glaz...
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Chicago Ceramic Center   Pottery Classes and Handbuilding Workshops Nex...
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AMACO to Present Decoration Demonstration

AMACO to Present Decoration Demonstration
Second Saturday Demonstration Glaze Manufacturer AMACO to Present Decoration Demonstration Saturday, September 9
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Michael Harbridge Presents a “Puzzling” Mold Workshop on August 12

Michael Harbridge Presents a “Puzzling” Mold Workshop on August 12
Join us for August's Second Saturday Free Demonstration.     Michael Harbridge will give a demonstration of his Puzzler molds, an easy way to create forms by pressing wet clay into plaster molds. Fr...
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Join Us for the Next Second Saturday Free Demonstration

Join Us for the Next Second Saturday Free Demonstration
Brush Use and Care Demonstration Royal Brush Company 2nd Saturday, July 8th, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM July's Second Saturday at Ceramic S...
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