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New York Potter Doug Peltzman Guest Presenter at CSI’s Annual Open House

Upstate New York Potter Doug Peltzman will present free demonstrations at Ceramic Supply Inc.’s Annual Open House on Saturday, November 12.  The Open House will run from 10:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. at Ceramic Supply Inc.’s Lodi location.  The event will feature discounts, refreshments, and raffles throughout the day. Doug Peltzman is a studio potter and educator whose studio located in the Catskill Mountains of New York state.  He works in porcelain and earthenware, creating functional pottery and decorative objects.  Peltzman describes a creative process that has its origin in the ordinary: "I have always let my daily observations find their way into my work. I break things down to their essence (line) and make abstract references of things that inspire me."  His work is respected as highly crafted and has been featured in many publications.  He has been called upon to serve as juror and curator of several national exhibitions.  A founding member of Objective Clay, Peltzman sees the importance of collaboration with other clay artists.  Objective Clay maintains an online platform that allows members to establish relationships, market their work, and share ideas.
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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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ArtWorks at West Side Y: 31st Annual Holiday Crafts Fair

ArtWorks at West Side Y: 31st Annual Holiday Crafts Fair
ArtWorks at the West Side YMCA Announces its 31st Annual HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIR   ArtWorks at the West Side YMCA studio will host its 31st annual Holiday Crafts Fair the second weekend of December in the Y’s famed George Washington Lounge. The event will showcase over 300 handmade and one-of-a-kind ceramic ar...
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Share Fare at Montclair State University

Share Fare at Montclair State University
Share Fare: An Experiment in Communal Eating   A Fu...
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MADE IN CLAY 2016 at Greenwich House

MADE IN CLAY 2016 at Greenwich House
ANNUAL HANDMADE HOLIDAY SALE One Day Event and Gallery Exhibition Greenwich House Pottery is pleased to announce MADE IN CLAY, an Annual Handmade Holiday Sale taking place in our charming 1928 brick walk up at 16 Jones Street in th...
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Holiday Workshops for the Whole Family at Pelham

Holiday Workshops for the Whole Family at Pelham
Deck your halls (and fridge, and walls) with handmade art!   Holiday Pop-Up Cards Saturday, December 10 10:00AM-12:00PM Pop-up cards are so much fun to make and give! The techniques are easy to learn and always bring a smile. This w...
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Clay Holiday at Clay Art Center

Clay Holiday at Clay Art Center
Clay Holiday November 19 - December 23, 2016 Start the Holiday Season with Clay Art Center's Annual Holiday Sale.  Tour our facilities and see all new work by Clay Art Center Artists.  Please see our website for holiday-themed workshops and programs during this exhibit at www.clayartcenter.org.
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