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  • A Potter for the 21st Century

    After months of lockdowns and isolation amid a global pandemic, Indianapolis potter Sarah Anderson bought a small Serro Scotty camper and took to the highway.  This 20-something graduate of Ball State University recruited her dog Pip and her friend Merrat Metzger and began a journey that brought her to new vistas and built a real community out of virtual connections.

  • Veteran Educator Adjudicates Standard Clay’s High School Exhibition

    Standard Clay has a long history of encouraging and showcasing local high school artists in the gallery at Clay Place @ Standard.  The current show features works in clay from thirteen schools and runs through April 28.  A reception was held on March 29 for the students, their teachers, and their families and friends.  Under the discerning eye of judge Susan T. Philips, the works were assessed and rated, with awards granted to the three best student works, along with one to the best over-all school.  Standard Clay is grateful for Phillips’ expertise and willingness to serve in the role of judge.
  • East Wheeling Clayworks: The New Artist/Entrepreneur

    Adam and Beth Bedway stand at the intersection of many roads for today’s new potters.  This Wheeling, West Virginia couple are the owners and founders of East Wheeling Clayworks, an enterprise that has grown out of their love of clay and is fed by a determination and commitment to the growth of small businesses in small economies.  Both Adam, 40, and Beth, 37, majored in the arts but sacrificed full-time artistic pursuit to ensure a sustainable living.   Like so many of their generation, they found the traditional work model unfulfilling.  With careful consideration and planning, they chose an alternate route.
  • Register NOW for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference

    Cincinnati, Ohio will serve as the host city for the 57th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference from March 15-18, 2023. Current, the 57th annual NCECA conference promises a wide range of experiences and exhibitions for everyone who wants to learn about and experience the continuing evolution of human-kind’s most enduring art-form.

    Cincinnati, Ohio will serve as the host city for the 57th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). CURRENT, this year’s annual, promises a wide range of programming and exhibitions for collectors, educators and everyone who wants to learn about and experience the continuing evolution of human-kind’s most enduring art-form. A national organization with global reach, NCECA will draw thousands to the region and site 92 ceramic art exhibitions throughout the community.
  • Seeking Beauty: Scottie Roberts Wiest

    What is the value of a life in the arts?  West Virginia potter Scottie Roberts Wiest has fifty years of experience selling and making functional pottery and plenty to say about a lifestyle embedded in nature and community in her native Appalachia.  From her early training at Agnes Scott College, through studies in Japan and residency in Georgia, Wiest lives a quest for beauty that manifests in a lifetime of making and defining Appalachian art and culture.
  • Potter Celebrates the Here and Now with Gifts of Mugs

    The notion of the artist as a depressed figure, grappling with the meaning of life and creating beauty out of personal pain is not a concept that defines potter Mary Ferris.  This 60-year-old artist from Pequea, Pennsylvania embodies joy.  Her current project, CoffeeTeaSixty, turns the idea of a birthday gift on its head and spreads Ferris’ delight in her life and work in a widening circle of generosity and gratitude.
  • Wheeling Plans Winter Celebration of Pottery

    Wheeling is a medium-sized city that sits along the Ohio River in what is known as the “panhandle” of West Virginia, a narrow strip of land between Pennsylvania and Ohio that juts northward from the northwestern corner of the state.  Like Pittsburgh, its neighbor to the east, Wheeling grew up and thrived in the industrial age of steel and manufacturing.  Taking raw materials from the earth, barons of industry manufactured steel, glass, and textiles, building corporations and wealth that fed the needs of a growing community of workers.  The Oglebays and Stifels of Wheeling, like their better-known Pittsburgh neighbor Andrew Carnegie, invested in the community good, establishing cultural institutions that still exist today.  Rick Morgan, the director of the visual arts department of the 92-year-old arts organization Oglebay Institute, looks forward to showcasing the region’s 21st-century making, with the upcoming earth and fire, a national exhibition of ceramic art as part of the city’s Ceramics Take Over Wheeling in February and March of 2023.
  • Stoke Hole Pottery Downtown: Serving the Small-Town Market

    In the west central part of Pennsylvania, Indiana County is an enclave for potters.  Dotted throughout the rural area are numerous potters’ studios set in renovated barns and cabins and homes, tucked into the rolling foothills of the Allegheny Mountains rising to the east.  A traveler in the area on the third weekend of October will meander down winding country roads curtained in the reds, oranges, and golds of autumn and catch a whiff of wood smoke from a kiln.  Since 2008, the area potters have joined together to promote the annual Potters Tour, a weekend event in which visitors can observe, browse, and purchase works at over ten member studios.  Debra and Birch Frew, of Stoke Hole Pottery, are founding members of the tour and have welcomed thousands of visitors to their studio and gallery on their farm outside of the town of Indiana.  Last June, in a move planned for and dreamed about, the couple “came into town”, launching Stoke Hole Pottery Downtown in a storefront in Indiana’s business district.
  • The I’m fine. Project: Exploring the Self Image

    The artistic process is one that draws on the whole person, rummaging through the depths of emotion and memory, sometimes ecstatic, sometimes painful, emerging in a thing of beauty.  For central Pennsylvania friends Maureen Joyce and Carrie Breschi, the cathartic value of working with clay has become a life mission.  Through heartbreak and the circumstances of life, these women have come together to offer healing workshops to people seeking emotional wholeness amid life’s inevitable challenges.  I’m fine. uses the creation of human masks to explore the self.
  • Connecting in Creativity: ViaClay

    Anyone who has ever sat down at the wheel or the workbench with a block of clay knows the total absorption of the solitary creative experience.  The intense focus of imagination erases time and funnels the senses toward the target of the created object.  The potter can be a lone figure.  These recent years of pandemic-forced isolation brought forth great productivity in many artists but have left many seeking the connections of community.  Potter John Beck, of the Chicago suburb Oak Park, manages ViaClay, a new studio founded by Oak Park potter Gabe Tetrev, where a resurgence of shared gathering is bringing potters and students together.
  • Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up

    Don't miss the  Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up December 10 and 11 at Bell School Look for ceramicist Nancy Gardner:  "Live and in ...