Fab Friday – 2016 Fab Lab Friday Session 4

Fab Friday – 2016 Fab Lab Friday Session 4

With the support of 92Y Virtual Clay, Skutt Kilns, Shapeways, Anne W. Bracker, West Virginia University, and presenting artists, Clay Fab Lab represents a new conference experience with clay, touch, and technology.

Emergence of new technologies and their application to ceramic art and learning represent exciting possibilities that will influence the field’s continued evolution in the 21st century. Many of these technologies are becoming more accessible and some are even DIY…

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“Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

“Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

In the Venn diagram of my life, the spheres of Music, Movement, and Art collided at the 2016 Conference Opening Ceremonies.  After listening to internationally renowned choreographer, Liz Lerman, speak about the art of critique, the crowd in KC was treated to a performance which combined ceramic elements in a unique Operetta.  “Wit and Menace,” a work commissioned by NCECA for the popular Randall Session, included ceramic horns by Linda Lighton, two singers, a band of instrumentalists, a composer, fashion designer, and poet/librettist.   With the direction of creative mastermind Mark Southerland, this collaboration was a true fusion of multiple disciplines.  When all the pieces coalesced on that stage in Kansas City, what ensued I can only describe as a sensational spectacle.  My skin tingled, my ears rang, my heart raced, my mouth watered, my eyes teared up, my body was alight with emotion.

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.

-Pablo Picasso

The “Randall Session” was named in honor of Ted Randall, who believed that an important part of our self-discovery as artists includes peering into other genre and disciplines for insight and inspiration.  I chose a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche for the title of this article because I have a deep connection to the relationship between sounds and movement.  Music and Dance are how I most freely express the art in my soul.  Though I enjoy tactile discoveries and explorations in clay,  I physically cannot hear music without moving my body in response.  Even as I was editing the video of the Randall session, I was choreographing in my head…(ok, maybe the movement didn’t always stay just in my head….)  I am inspired to create, and I would like to challenge all of you to do the same.  Embrace Ted Randall’s vision and let this summer be one of exploration of new ideas, stimulated by Wit and Menace.

Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

-William Congreve

Fab Friday – Demonstrations from the 2016 Fab Lab with Jo Kamm & Keith Simpson

Fab Friday – Demonstrations from the 2016 Fab Lab with Jo Kamm & Keith Simpson

With the support of 92Y Virtual Clay, Skutt Kilns, Shapeways, Anne W. Bracker, West Virginia University, and presenting artists, Clay Fab Lab represents a new conference experience with clay, touch, and technology.

Emergence of new technologies and their application to ceramic art and learning represent exciting possibilities that will influence the field’s continued evolution in the 21st century. Many of these technologies are becoming more accessible and some are even DIY…

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Fueling Innovation

Fueling Innovation

Yesterday on the blog, we announced the video release of the 2016 Conference Roundtable discussion on Fueling Creativity.  Today, we bring you a fresh new podcast episode on Fueling Innovation.  What will we fuel tomorrow?  Tune in and see!!!

On today’s episode you will hear a panel discussion on fueling innovation in your studio practice with the 2016 emerging artists. Each year six early-career artists are commended at our conference for their unique body of work and contribution to the field of ceramics. Along with an exhibition and financial award they are given the opportunity to present a short lecture on their work. This year’s emerging artists include Joanna Poag, Kyungmin Park, Peter Morgan, Tom Jaszczak, Bobby Tso, and Sean O’Connell.To see videos of the emerging artist presentations from this year’s conference please visit the WatchNCECA channel on Youtube. For more information on NCECA programming please visit NCECA.net.

 

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Fueling the Imagination

Fueling the Imagination

In the introduction to the essay “Fueling the Imagination” from her book, Hiking the Horizontal, Liz Lerman recounts a conversation with Nobel laureate and scientist, Dr. Eric Wieschaus about how he asks himself a question. “I am fueled by my own ignorance,” he says with keen precision. Artists and scientists share an understanding, Lerman writes, “that not knowing is fuel for the imagination rather than fuel for humiliation.” This cross disciplinary discussion from the 2016 conference explored our relationship with not knowing and how we engage with work, questions and conversation to generate creativity.

Fab Friday – Anna Calluori Holcombe & Shoji Satake life from the 2016 FabLab

Fab Friday – Anna Calluori Holcombe & Shoji Satake life from the 2016 FabLab

3D printing is “just another tool in the tool box,” but the implementation of this technology within the ceramics curriculum has its challenges. Among those are facilities, funding and competent staffing. The rewards become evident as students embrace the technology to carry out their concept in a unique way not possible without it.  This week, join Anna Calluori Holcombe for her part of the co-lecture, “TEACHING TECHNOLOGY: CHALLENGES AND REWARDS”

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