What’s your Clay Story?

What’s your Clay Story?

2018 NCECA Annual  Visual Voices: Truth Narratives

It is time to pull your images and your narratives together for NCECA’s 2018 Annual Exhibition, Visual Voices: Truth Narratives, our national juried invitational, curated by Winnie Owns Hart, educator, artist, filmmaker, author and critical thinker in matters of clay, art and culture.  Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to put your clay story in front of a broad audience during the 2018 NCECA conference and apply now, before it’s too late!  The exhibition will be held at Pittsburgh’s renown Society for Contemporary Craft, March 14- August 18, 2018.

Winnie Owens-Hart has invited artists Syd Carpenter, Roberto Lugo, Sana Musasama, Reginald Pointer, and Janathel Shaw to frame the curatorial concerns of Visual Voices: Truth Narratives. The artists selected create powerful works that speak in a variety of visual volumes that touch on personal and global issues and emotions. Their narratives, whether literal or abstract, acknowledge that intolerances spawn racial, religious, class, and gender biases in every part of the world. The sense of interconnectedness created by modern media has transformed what was once an ancestral community to now a global community. Our stories, re-told in clay, are borderless. Historically, the narrative ceramic object has engaged with the retelling of events through visual imagery codification. Clay works dating back thousands of years have enabled archaeologists to theorize on ceremonial, spiritual, and utilitarian societal markers that document the social and cultural contexts of their makers’ communities.

Winnie Owens-Hart seeks emerging as well as seasoned artists to apply. She will make selections for the exhibition from digital images and statements submitted through an online portal within the CaFE™ system to develop the exhibition. Artists whose work is selected through the review process will exhibit with the five artists invited by the curator. This is a GLOBAL call/request inviting all ceramic artists who consider their work narrative to apply for this exhibition.

Visit our website for more information, and to apply!

 

~ Leigh Taylor Mickelson, NCECA Exhitbions Director

 

Image Above: Sana Musasama; “She wanted to play sports”’ Ceramic Mix-Media; Narrative: This work depicts a girl soldier delicately holding a piece out of a game speculating on her dream of being an athlete before the war.  

Featured Image: Sana Musasama; “Girl Soldiers”, Installation View; Ceramic Mix-Media; 21” X 67” X 6”; 2016: Narrative: This is an installation view of girl soldiers frozen in a moment of their lives. Each sculpture is accompanied by an object that the child solider once held close, like a fond memory or a dream that was deferred by war. The work is Raku fired to achieve multi-­‐layered metallic surfaces that shimmer with various hues, which reflects light and textures as the viewer moves around each piece. Each individual sculpture is encased, placed or draped suggesting that she is being hugged or held, mimicking the way that I created her as well as freezing her in a moment before her life was deconstructed by civil war 

 

Call for Entry – 2018 NCECA Annual

Call for Entry – 2018 NCECA Annual

Call for Entry

2018 NCECA ANNUAL
VISUAL VOICES: TRUTH NARRATIVES

ENTRY DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (midnight MDT)

NCECA seeks submissions for the 2018 NCECA Annual, Visual Voices: Truth Narratives, which will be held at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA during the 52nd NCECA conference.  Curator/juror, Winnie Owens-Hart has invited artists Syd Carpenter, Roberto Lugo, Sana Musasama, Reginald Pointer,and Janathel Shaw to frame the curatorial concerns of the exhibit. The artists selected create powerful works that speak to a variety of visual volumes that touch on personal and global issues and emotions. Their narratives, whether literal or abstract, acknowledge that intolerances spawn racial, religious, class, and gender biases in every part of the world.

Winnie Owens-Hart seeks emerging as well as seasoned artists to apply. She will make selections for the exhibition from digital images and statements submitted through an online portal within the CaFE™ system to develop the exhibition. Artists whose work is selected through the review process will exhibit with the five artists invited by the curator. This is a GLOBAL call/request inviting all ceramic artists who consider their work narrative to apply for this exhibition.

Apply now!

The 2017 NCECA Annual is here!

The 2017 NCECA Annual is here!

The highly anticipated NCECA Annual “The Evocative Garden,” curated by Gail M. Brown, opens this weekend, kicking off the 2017 NCECA conference “season” with a whirlwind of garden-centric delight and botanical wonder.  The exhibition, held at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, features five artists who were invited by the curator along with 29 artists who were selected from the call for entry.   

Invited artists Megan Bogonovich, Jess Riva Cooper, Kim Dickey, Linda Sormin and Dirk Staschke set the tone for the exhibit which is indeed what the curator intended: “a breadth of implied and articulated dramas… staged as a personally defined natural landscapes or more formalized garden scenarios.”   The exhibit offers variety in approach to the ceramic medium as well as in conceptual interpretation of the theme, and captures the imagination as spring slowly approaches. 

Participating artists include Christopher Adams, JoAnn Axford, Lisa Marie Barber, Chris Berti, Megan Bogonovich, Jess Riva Cooper, Deirdre Daw, Audry Deal-McEver, Jennifer DePaolo, Kim Dickey, Caroline Earley, Carol Gouthro, Karen Gunderman, Dawn Holder, Cj Jilek, Chuck Johnson, Tsehai Johnson, Heather Kaplan, Paul Kotula, Annie Rhodes Lee, Nancy Lovendahl, Andrea Marquis, Lindsay Montgomery, Grace Nickel, Anne Drew Potter, Jessica Putnam-Phillips, Dori Schechtel Zanger, Linda Sormin, Dirk Staschke, Claudia Tarantino, Hirotsune Tashima, Colleen Toledano, Jenni Ward, Stan Welsh.

I’d like to give special thanks to Disjecta for hosting the exhibit, and a big shout-out to our On-Site Liason Brett Binford who orchestrated the installation of the exhibit, beautifully I might add.  Here’s a sneak peek:

 

This not-to-be-missed exhibit is easy to reach via Portland’s Blue line.  Hours during NCECA are Tuesday 10:30am-5:30pm; Wednesday – Saturday 10am-5pm.  Or come to the reception on Thursday, March 23rd from 6-9pm to have the opportunity to meet the curator and the artists.   I’ll see you there. 

Leigh Taylor Mickelson, NCECA Exhibitions Director

 

Want to visit pre- or post-conference? Visit http://www.disjectaarts.org/visit/ for gallery hours. 

Interconnected Forms

Interconnected Forms

“In the world of everything that is already made, the moment of reinvention consists of taking apart something that is known, to reconstruct something that is unknown.”

Bobby Tso’s approach to forms in the post-industrial world is both whimsical and sophisticated. His curiosity is delightful and child-like. His level of intensity and skill are awe inspiring. I had as much fun watching his peers view his work in Kansas City as I did in getting to know him. His masterful arrangement of mixed media forms makes even the clay crowd stop and wonder.

Tso_KwokPong(Bobby)_HeadshotBobby Tso was born and raised in Hong Kong. He decided to come to the USA at the age of 17 to explore the culture while earning his BFA in ceramics in 2009 at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. He went on to earn his  MA and MFA in Dimensional Practice, with focus in ceramics, metal smithing and jewelry at the University of Iowa In Iowa City.

He’s recently served as instructor, lecturer and exhibiting artist in universities and galleries across the US. He was a summer resident and instructor at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2015 and was featured at NCECA’s 2016 conference as an emerging artist.

His recent work is concentrated on form and develops out of his curiosity about relationships that exist between objects. He has also forged strong foundations through his relationships with his students and his mentors.

On teaching, Tso relates, “I believe the most important techniques I teach in all classes are [for students to be able to] journalize their thought [process] and sketch to record their ideas. By teaching my students basic techniques, I encourage [them] to re-invent what is invented and connect techniques to create conceptual expression.”

Mr.Tso is currently Assistant Professor of Art -Ceramics, in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. His web page can be found at  http://www.bobbytso.com/. I had the pleasure of interviewing him this week.

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What’s new for you since 2016 NCECA? Any new ideas or directions?

KPT- I wanted to change a little bit of my work. In addition to expanding working in mixed media, I am exploring the idea of the conversation we can have (as clay artists) with other artists. I was able to go to Arrowmont [where I] had some great conversations with artists [working] in other mediums, which is great!

I also have been working on a CNC, machining clay, which is old news in the auto industry, but I think is new in the field of ceramic art. I will have a few pieces that have parts that were done with this new process in a show called “Slice” [curated] by Chris Dufala (see note below).

Given the recent changes in political climate and immigration policies, are you concerned about your ability to remain in the US for the foreseeable future?

KPT- Yeah I am glad I am still here in the state and working as a professor. It has been great. I’ve been focussed and working hard to promo my school, showing off my BFAs’ work as a good professor would do, and working on some exciting new things! 

Slice can be viewed during NCECA at: Siteworks (S) 240 SE 2nd Ave., Portland, OR, 503-230-2337, siteworksportland.com, Hours during NCECA: Mon-Sat

10am-6pm. Reception: Fri, Mar 24, 6-9pm. 

View Bobby’s Presentation at the 2016 NCECA Conference here:

 

NCECA Emerging Artists 2017

NCECA Emerging Artists 2017

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts has selected the 2017 Emerging Artists. This year’s applicant pool was outstanding, which made it that much more challenging for the jurors to make our final selections.

This year the jury was comprised of Kim Dickey, Professor University of Colorado-Boulder, Tony Marsh, Professor- California State University- Long Beach, and Jane Shellenbarger, Assistant Professor-Rochester Institute of Technology.

The Six selected Artists:

 

Jessica Brandl

Jessica Brandl is a ceramics artist born in Austin Texas. She was raised amidst motorcycle culture with its love of the open road and rides without destination.  While a senior in high school both of her parents were killed while on an out of state motorcycle trip. Through the generous support of her hometown in Seward Nebraska and organized fundraising events put on by many local motorcycle clubs, Jessica was able to attend The Kansas City Art Institute in the fall of 2002.  Jessica holds an MFA in Ceramics from The Ohio State University and a BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute.

Her most recent work investigates the vessel as canvas and sculptural diorama.

Jessica resides in Philadelphia PA, where she is the Artist-In-Residence for Tyler School of Art at Temple University.

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Rachel Eng

Rachel Eng grew up exploring the deciduous forests around Rochester, NY and her fascination with the natural world continues today.  Drawing upon the ephemeral and immortal qualities of clay, her work considers aspects of the controlled and unpredictable in relation to our changing environment.  Her work often employs repetitive patterns and the use of multiple elements to create complex visual and textural experiences. “I have yet to completely understand where my predilection for the repetitive stems from, but it is always present in my work. The process of making many small parts has become meditative, the way to work through unattainable knowledge or obsessive memories.” Eng received her B.F.A. from Pennsylvania State University and her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Personal Website: www.racheljeng.com

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Christina Erives

Christina Erives was born in 1989 in Los Angeles, California. She Received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Studio Art from California State University of Northridge and her Master of Fine Arts from Pennsylvania State University. She is currently a Resident at Red Star/ Belger Crane Yard Studios in Kansas City. Erives’ work stems from her memories of growing up as one of twelve children in Los Angeles, California. Through the use of various objects, Erives constructs information rich installations that speak of her experiences as a Mexican-American.

 

https://www.instagram.com/christinamargaritaerives/

www.eriveschristina.com

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Brooks Oliver

Brooks Oliver currently is a studio artist based out of Dallas, Texas. H
recently completed a two-year, long-term residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. He has taught at West Virginia University, Penn State University, and the Archie Bray Foundation and served as a studio technician at multiple public and private studios.  He received a MFA in Studio Art at Penn State University in 2014 and a BFA from Southern Methodist University in 2010, and completed his post baccalaureate studies at Syracuse University in 2012.

Contact information

brooksboliver@gmail.com

Websites:

http://www.brooksoliver.com/

http://www.ro2art.com/brooks-oliver—bio.html

https://www.instagram.com/brooksoliver/

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Kate Roberts

Kate Roberts is native of Greenville, SC.  She received both her MFA and BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2015 and 2010 respectively.  She has completed residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Le Cite International des Arts in Paris. This summer she will be participating in the Parcours Ceramique Carougeois Biennial in Geneva, Switzerland.  Currently she is a Lecturer of Ceramics at University of Washington-Seattle.

www.katerobertsceramics.com

Instagram is @katerobertsceramics

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Judd Schiffman

Judd Schiffman received his MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is adjunct professor of ceramics and department technician at Providence College in Rhode Island. Judd remakes personal mementos and family heirlooms into sculpture, provoking questions about identity, physical objects and the experiences that comprise an individual life.

www.juddschiffman.com 

https://www.instagram.com/juddschiffman/

 

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NCECA Portland Bus Tour Tickets– Get ‘Em While They’re Hot!

NCECA Portland Bus Tour Tickets– Get ‘Em While They’re Hot!

Hey Clay Lovers!

NCECA is right around the corner. We know you’re already laying out your conference outfits and figuring out a game plan for how to be first in line at the cup sale this year– BUT! There’s another bandwagon you should be jumping on.

…Well, more of a bus actually.

Here’s the run-down of the top-notch bus tours NCECA has going this year–

  1. The Portland Suburban Tour *
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    “Diversity” by Marilu Pelusa Rosenthal whose work will be included in the “Imaginary Border: Ceramics As Transcultural Language” show in the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College

    This tour will take you around to those hidden exhibition gems in Portland that might be tough to get to on your own.

    The stops are:

    1. Clark College — visit the Archer Gallery to see the Politics of the Figure: Ideologies of Failure show and the Frost Art Center Lobby Gallery to see The Next Step show.
    2. George Fox University — where the Tropes of Nature show will be
    3. Chehalem Cultural Center — which will house Ashes and Flux Great Waves Over the Pacific on Wood Firing
    4. Clackamas Community College — where you can see Migratory Flux-South The Corner of Siskiyou and Indiana: Ten Years, Ten ArtistsSouthern Oregon University
    5. Skutt Ceramics — where the shows FRACTAL NATURE: Works Exploring the Nature of Chaos The Alchemy of Surface and Keep Portland Wared: Pottery in the Pacific Northwest will be
    6. Lewis & Clark College — where the Peaks and Valleys exhibit will be up in Miller Hall and Imaginary Border: Ceramics as Transcultural Language and Bay Area Clay: A Legacy of Social Consciousness will be in the Hoffman Gallery. You can also check out work by the Archie Bray Foundation Resident Artists in Smith Hall and recent work by Victoria Christen, Thomas Orr & Ted Vogel in the Arnold Gallery.
      "Pink Silk Broken Show" by Victoria Christen, one of the works that will be on display in the exhibition at Lewis & Clark College

      “Pink Silk: Broken Shoe” by Victoria Christen, one of the works that will be exhibited in the Arnold Gallery at Lewis & Clark College

      Details:
      This fun-filled tour is on Wednesday, March 22nd, includes a boxed lunch and, according to this blogger, would be “great for a solo-adventure OR with friends!”
      Cost Prior to Conference, $79.00 per person; At Conference, $86.00 per person
      Depart the Convention Center (OCC): 9:00am, Return to the OCC: 4:50pm
      You can purchase tickets for the tour here.
      *Mini-van not required to attend this tour. 

  2. “Portland’s Picks” Tour

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    Detail image of “LOAF” by Ling Chun, whose work will be on display in Smith Hall at Lewis & Clark College as a part of the Archie Bray show

    This tour will take you around to Portland’s hippest Ceramic spots. Check out these hot stops!

    1. Disjecta Contemporary Art Center — which is housing the NCECA Annual this year, entitled The Evocative Garden
    2. Pacific Northwest College of Art — which is housing four shows in their Commons: Method Accumulation: Studies in Materiality and Existence, Reconstructing Craft: Feminism and Contemporary Ceramics, Scofflaws, and Post-Digital Landscapes. PNCA’s Center for Contemporary Art & Culture will also host the Tenuous Constructions show
    3. Oregon College of Art & Craft — you really have to check this one out. The much-anticipated NCECA Sponsored National Student Juried Exhibition entitled Flux = RAD! You can also see the OCAC Ceramics Alumni Exhibition and the Occupation show on this stop.
    4. Lewis & Clark College — where the Peaks and Valleys exhibit will be up in Miller Hall and Imaginary Border: Ceramics as Transcultural Language and Bay Area Clay: A Legacy of Social Consciousness will be in the Hoffman Gallery. You can also check out work by the Archie Bray Foundation Resident Artists in Smith Hall and recent work by Victoria Christen, Thomas Orr & Ted Vogel in the Arnold Gallery.
    5. Ash Street Project — Pots@ASP, Them Are Us Too, ASP/Emerging Artist Mentorship Program
    6. Eutectic Gallery — where the show Duet will be up (this is Portland’s only all-ceramic gallery, definitely worth a gander).
    7. MFA Applied Craft & Design — a great final stop featuring four shows: Diderot/Forrest/Roloff, A Tipping Point: Technology in Ceramics, Confluence and Bifurcation, and 10 Years in the Making.

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      “Paleta #1” by Rafael Corzo, whose work will be included in the Confluence and Bifurcation show at the MFA Applied Craft & Design space


      Details:
      This tour also includes a boxed lunch (what a deal!!).
      Cost Prior to Conference, $79.00 per person; At Conference, $86.00 per person
      Depart the OCC: 9:30am, Return to the OCC: 4:20pm
      You can purchase tickets for the tour here.

For more details on the exhibitions and galleries mentioned, check out the Exhibitions Listing.
For more info on bus tours, including shuttles to galleries and receptions during the conference, check out the Lew White Tours Sheet and click here to purchase tickets to any of the shuttles or tours!

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