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Animal Totem Workshop changed to July 8th, 2017

Ceramic Sculptor Tina Folks to Present Animal Totem  Workshop Ceramic Supply Inc.’s Second Saturday in February will feature ceramic sculptor Tina Folks.  A dedicated ceramist since the mid 1980’s, Folks holds a BA from Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY and a BFA in Ceramics from Parsons School of Design in NYC. At the Second Saturday Workshop, Folks will lead students in creating their own animal totem figure.   The focus will be on hand building techniques using a cone 5/6 red sculpture clay. Starting with a seamless cylinder, techniques for making costume, ornamentation, and attachments will be demonstrated while using stamps and textured materials. Students will be encouraged to invent their own animal head or follow the demonstration in class. In addition, a dry brush slip application will be shown and students will be provided with the cone 5/6 recipe to take home.   Tina Folks has been working with clay for over 25 years.  She apprenticed with ceramic designer, Maishe Dickman in New Haven, Connecticut.  She originally focused on making slip-cast functional pieces for the table and founded her own studio called Table of Contents in 1991. Eight years later, Tina changed her direction and began making tile &...
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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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KEVIN IS COMING – THROWING LARGE: METHOD NOT MACHO

KEVIN IS COMING – THROWING LARGE:  METHOD NOT MACHO
KEVIN IS COMING THROWING LARGE; METHOD NOT MACHO A weekend hands-on throwing workshop with KEVIN CROWE July 15-16, 2017 at Mud and Fire Potters, Little Meadows, PA.   Expand your vocabulary of scale. Share hunches,challenges, techniques, and questions. Bring a willingness to risk and a sense of humor. Come with a poem and pot that has intrigued to inspired you. Bring your tools, towel, and packing materials to take...
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ArtWorks Studio at the West Side YMCA Presents the 2nd Annual JEWELRY SALE

ArtWorks Studio at the West Side YMCA Presents the 2nd Annual JEWELRY SALE
Mothers & Others Jewelry Sale ArtWorks at the West Side YMCA May 5, 11-8 May 6, 10-5 Fireside Lounge Cash and Checks Only This sale features handmade jewelry made by members of the Artworks community.  These are one of a kind pieces made of beads, clay and other materials.  Included are beautiful bracelets, necklaces and earrings that you will no...
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Help The Brick Studio with Kickstarter Campaign

Help The Brick Studio with Kickstarter Campaign
Potter Russell Pulick is part of a group called The Brick Studio, which is forming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit pottery collective. Pulick will be the studio manager of a facility that will include fourteen wheels and three kilns and will offer clas...
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Spring Class Registration at Art School at Old Church

Spring Class Registration at Art School at Old Church
Become the artist that you've always wanted to be by taking classes at The Art School at Old Church! Registration is underway for mail, fax, or in-person drop off.  Phone registration begins Feb...
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John Britt to present Glaze Workshop

John Britt to present Glaze Workshop
Clay Media Group Presents Mid-Range Glazes with JOHN BRITT Saturday & Sunday, April 29-30 10 AM to 4 PM  Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus, Selden, NY Lecture Room 111, Southhampton Building  Non-refundable registration fee: Me...
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