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Judith Schwartz, Ceramics Scholar

“Scholar” is not a term often associated with ceramic artists, not even with those who have spent a lifetime expressing through clay.  We tend to think of artists as doers, not thinkers, or perhaps as people who do their thinking with their hands.  For Dr. Judith Schwartz, of New York University, humankind’s most elemental making material inspires a complexity of thought that spans the gamut of intellectual disciplines.  From anthropology to architecture, from art history to politics, Schwartz looks to clay to inform these human pursuits. As a board member and program chairperson at Clay Art Center in Westchester County, Schwartz helped guide In Our Backyard, a yearlong series of programs that explore the impact of ceramics in the New York area.  Schwartz calls clay “the newest oldest material on the face of the earth,” noting its ubiquitous nature in both history and present times.  She points to a recent article in the New York Times that tells of an archeological find in Israel.  A ceramic shard marked with writing was clearly used as a note pad for a shopping list, directing the ancient servant to buy wine, flour and oil, and not to be late!  (See http...
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Creative Evolution: Tom Radca, Ceramic Artist

With more than four decades of working with clay, Tom Radca has made a lot of pots. This 65-year old ceramic artist virtually buzzes with enthusiasm about his work. The history of his years as a potter is a virtual creative evolution, as he continues to transform his inspiration and techniques. There are no signs of complacency or burnout in this man who is opening a new door with the founding of his Radca Ranch School of Ceramics on the family farm outside the rural village of Port Washington, Ohio. Radca explains his motivation: “I don’t care how successful one of my series is. When I’m tired of it, I’m done with it.” This willingness to move forward to wherever his creative impulses take him drives the diversity of his work. He credits many mentors along his way with guiding him, but it is his openness to what presents itself that yields his vast creative output. Radca’s start in ceramics improbably can be traced to the United States Air Force. As an uninspired high school student during the Vietnam era, Radca knew his fate would likely take him to the battlefield. In 1969, he enlisted in the Air Force, a move that landed him in Wichita, Kansas working as a jet mechanic fo...
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Objective Clay to Give Demonstration at ClayPlace@Standard

Objective Clay is a group of fourteen artists who share a vision to create an online space established and maintained by artists. The space functions as a gallery to view the artists’ latest work as well as a window into their current thoughts in process. By sharing ideas and opening their studios, they invite artists, non-artists, educators, and students to actively engage in their artistic practices. In this virtual studio, the people who love pots can form direct relationships with the artists and view and purchase new work. Objective Clay will be featured in the NCECA Gallery Expo at this year’s 50th Anniversary Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts to be held in Kansas City, Missouri March 16 through 19. As a run-up to this event, six artists from Objective Clay will host a Pre-NCECA Workshop and Pop-up Exhibition at ClayPlace @ Standard in Pittsburgh on Friday, March 11. The workshop and exhibition will feature two demonstration workshops, from 9 a.m. through noon and from 1:00 p.m. through 4:00 p.m. Objective Clay’s artists Jen Allen, Blair Clemo, Sunshine Cobb, Bryan Hopkins, Dough Peltzman, and Gwendolyn yopollo will present their techniques to participants. The group states as its mission “to openly share the ideas, processes, and work as a group of professional artists committed to utilitarian ceramics.” Works by the artists will be on display in the ClayPlace @ Standard gallery. All attendees are invited back at 6:00 ...
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The Crafts Center at North Carolina State University

    The Crafts Center at North Carolina State University Jennifer Siegel, Clay Studio Manager   Raleigh, North Carolina, is one of the fastest growing urban areas in America. Voted by Forbes Magazine as the city attracting the most families and the best place for business and careers, Raleigh offers a lifestyle rich in opportunity and enrichment. North Carolina State University is an integral part of the city’s growth, not just in areas like science, technology, and business, but in the arts as well.   The Crafts Center at NC State is a unique institution that builds on the university’s mission of making significant change in society. More than a university department, The Crafts Center serves the local community, offering a wide range of non-credit classes in a variety of crafts. Students can take courses in pottery, sculpture, woodworking, fiber arts, photography, lapidary, glass, jewelry, and metal arts. Located on campus, the center consists of eight separate studios, each well equipped in a pleasant work and teaching space. The student the studio users are an equal mix of college students, alumni, university employees, and local residents. Local guilds meet at the center, creating a vibrant arts community that has grown and thrived over the 60-some years that the Crafts Center has been in existence.   Jennifer Siegel, whose enthusiasm for creating with clay ...
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Fall Classes Starting Soon at Pelham Art Center

Fall Classes Starting Soon at Pelham Art Center
The start of fall classes is right around the corner! Art classes are the perfect way learn a new skill or discover a new hobby. Pelham Art Center is offering a wide arrange of classes , both adult and youth, in different mediums and styles; there is sure to be something for every interest. Don't miss out on an oppo...
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Celebrate Karen Karnes at The Art School at Old Church

Celebrate Karen Karnes at The Art School at Old Church
Join us to celebrate Karen Karnes November 17, 1925 - July 12, 2016 The Art School at Old Church 561 Piedmont Road Dearest, NJ  07627 Saturday, September 17 4:30 p.m. We will remember the art and life of our beloved mentor and friend with stories, pict...
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Many Happenings at Brickhouse Ceramic Art Center

Many Happenings at Brickhouse Ceramic Art Center
An Evening of Wine Tasting and Pottery Making at Brickhouse Wine Tasting & Pottery Making $85.00 Friday Sept. 16th - 6:30 to 8:30pm Enjoy expert instruction as you are guided through a professional pottery lesson in a casual, social environment. Experience a night of fun and creativity paired with a selection o...
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New Summer Class at Brickhouse Ceramic Art Center

New Summer Class at Brickhouse Ceramic Art Center
By Popular demand, we're offering a class for 5-7 year olds in July! Handbuilding for Kids (5-7 yrs) $125 Thursdays July 7-28 from 2:30-3:30 pm We're also offer...
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PF/PCA 2016 Call for Artists

PF/PCA 2016 Call for Artists
PF/PCA 2016 Call for Artists! Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PF/PCA) is accepting applications from artists living in a 150-mile radius of Pit...
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