JULY 2016

CUSTER FELDSPAR CHANGES…….

OUR CUSTER FELDSPAR SUPPLIER, PACER CORPORATION, HAS RECENTLY INFORMED US THAT THEY ARE BRINGING THE 200 MESH FELDSPAR BACK INTO PRODUCTION.  UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, WE WILL CONTINUE TO USE THE 325 MESH IN OUR PRODUCTION.

 

 

JULY 2015

IF YOU USE CUSTER FELDSPAR AND/OR USE THE FOLLOWING CLAY BODIES: 112, 130, 153 192, 205, 211, 225, 240, 240G, 257, 259, 306, 378, 437, 508, 621, 760, 762 and 768, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

 

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Potter Brett Kern Plans Move to Pittsburgh

At the age of two and a half, on the occasion of his sister’s birth, potter Brett Kern was given a gift that would foreshadow his ultimate life ethos: an inflatable, vinyl dinosaur.  His utter fascination with the toy is one of his earliest memories.   Today, the thirty-something artist has a wide following of admirers and collectors of his popular clay dinosaur series, along with other “inflatables” and fantasy figures.  His development as a potter has led him to an understanding of clay as what he calls “a metaphor of the permanence of memory.”  Kern is planning a move to the Pittsburgh area within the next year, to establish a studio where he will pursue his artistic exploration of memory on a full-time basis. Raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, Kern pursued an education in the arts at California University of Pennsylvania, earning a B.F.A. in Ceramics in 2007.  His graduate studies at West Virginia University were put on hold when he had the opportunity to study at the school’s joint institute with the Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute in China, in the autumn of 2007.  Kern says, “This came at a great time.  I flew ...
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Persian Ceramics History and Design from Prehistoric to Contemporary Shabanali Ghorbani

Don't miss this informative YouTube video of a lecture by Shabanali Ghorbani, regarding Persian Ceramics History and Design from prehistoric to contemporary, which was held on May 16, 2016 at Clay Place at Standard exhibit space and gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.  The same lecture also was presented on April 27, 2016 at New York University, NYU Steinhardt School of Art and Art Professions in the Einstein Auditorium with kind invitation and support of Professor Dr. Judith Schwartz, head of Sculpture in Crafts. Mr. Ghorbani teaches at Isfahan University of Arts in Iran.    ...
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Pittsburgh Potter Jeff Guerrero Explores Japanese Tea Ceremony

Jeff Guerrero is a graphic-designer-turned-potter who fell under the magical influence of the creative atmosphere of Pittsburgh’s Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Founded by the iconic Bill Strickland in 1968, MCG offers after-school art instruction in ceramics, design arts, digital arts, and photography for local youth. About ten years ago, Guerrero was hired to teach in the digital arts department. He recalls, “It was the year that the NCECA conference was in Pittsburgh, and Manchester was one of the host organizations.  I found myself rubbing elbows with the who's who of the ceramics world. I couldn’t help but learn pottery.” In March of 2008, MCG had husband and wife potters from Shigaraki, Japan in residence. Guerrero was inspired by their work and befriended them. Hiromu Okuda was of the 15th-generation in his family to make pottery for use in Japanese tea ceremony. This happenstance was to have a defining effect on the aesthetic that Guerrero developed as he progressed through his ceramic journey.   Guerrero took advantage of pottery classes at Manchester while he was on the faculty. One of his co-workers had a fondness for traditional Japanese ceramics, and shared his knowledge with Guerrero. “I found it very interesting,” Guerrero says, “and started to learn more ...
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Richard Miecznikowski to Offer Class at California U of PA

Richard Miecznikowski to Offer Class at California U of PA

Special Summer Class at California University of PA offered by Professor Richard Miecznikowski

  The class, Wheel Thrown Ceramic Vessels, is geared for beginners and intermediate students in clay. It is an evening class which runs from 5:00 pm to 8:45 pm, 4 days a week, Monday through Thursday, for 5 weeks beginning June 5, 2017 and finishing July 7, 2017.  For more information, contact:  Richard Miecznikows...
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“Interdependent” Exhibit at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

“Interdependent” Exhibit at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Interdependent by Angela Biederman and Jonathan Schwarz Friday, March 31, 2017 to Sunday, July 23, 2017
 
A collaborative exhibition of ceramic and mixed media sculptures, these works address dual yet in...
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Stop by ClayPlace to see the Pittsburgh High School Exhibit

Stop by ClayPlace to see the Pittsburgh High School Exhibit

Pittsburgh Area

High School Students Exhibition April 13 - 28, 2017 Juried by

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Throwdown Showdown This Weekend at Sweetwater

Throwdown Showdown This Weekend at Sweetwater

Throwdown

Showdown!

Saturday, April 22, 7-10pm

This ultimate thrown pottery competition will challenge 5 artists to show off their skills on the wheel. Scott Cornish, Christian Kuharik, Ken Lu, Jonathan Schwarz, and Continue Reading

Shoji Satake to Jury Thrown & Altered Exhibit at Sweetwater

Shoji Satake to Jury Thrown & Altered Exhibit at Sweetwater

Thrown & Altered

April 21 - May 26, 2017 Reception: Friday, April 21, 5-9pm Reception coincides with Sewickley Spring Gallery Walk Since the 1950’s ceramic artists have been intentionally manipulating thrown work for reasons beyo...
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Mother of All Pottery Sales at the Union Project

Mother of All Pottery Sales at the Union Project

Mother of All Pottery Sales Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm A free, family-friendly event.

Local pottery sale + live demonstrations + hands-on art activities Mark your calendar now for our annual Mother of All Pottery Sales, the biggest clay celebration in Pittsburgh that brings talented ceramic artists and pottery lovers toget...
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Memorial Service for Focus on Renewal founder Father Don Fisher

Memorial Service for Focus on Renewal founder Father Don Fisher
Focus on Renewal founder Father Don Fisher will always be part of the heart and soul of Focus On Renewal, and we were shocked and saddened by his sudden passing on Saturday February 25th, 2017. Father Regis Ryan will be holding a local memorial service for Father Don on March 18th, 2017 at St. Mary Help of Chris...
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Help The Brick Studio through Kickstarter Campaign

Help The Brick Studio through Kickstarter Campaign

brick studioPotter 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 classes....

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Persian Ceramics History and Design from Prehistoric to Contemporary Shabanali Ghorbani

Persian Ceramics History and Design from Prehistoric to Contemporary Shabanali Ghorbani
ghorbaniDon't miss this informative YouTube video of a lecture by Shabanali Ghorbani, regarding Persian Ceramics History and Design from prehistoric to contemporary, which was held on May 16, 2016 at Clay Place at Standard exhibit space and gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.  The same ...
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37th Annual Potter’s Gathering Welcomes Cynthia Bringle March 10-12, 2017

37th Annual Potter’s Gathering  Welcomes Cynthia Bringle March 10-12, 2017
C-Bringle The annual gathering of Potters at Cedar Lakes Crafts Center in Ripley, West Virginia has become a tradition for potters in the region. With the long cold winter coming to a close and the promise of spring just around the corner, local potters come off the hills and out of the hollows to rekindle friendships and seek out new inspiration. D...
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