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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This Weekend! Guest Artist Justin Rothshank at CSC

This Weekend!  Guest Artist Justin Rothshank at CSC

Free demonstration and presentation by Guest Artist Justin Rothshank

  Justin Rothshank has been working as a studio ceramic artist in Goshen, Indiana since 2009. In 2001 he co-founded the Union Project, a nonprofit organization located in Pittsburgh, PA. Justin’s ceramic work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally, including ...
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$5000 Prize DEADLINE JUNE 9!

$5000 Prize DEADLINE JUNE 9!

Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize

In 1997, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Contemporary Craft, a $5,000 prize for excellence in the field of contemporary craft was established. The biennial award is given in conjunction with a catalogue, juried exhibition in the gal...
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PCA Hosts yART Sale on June 25

PCA Hosts yART Sale on June 25

yART Sale: June 25, 2017

The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts will be hosting our 9th annual “yART” sale – a creative spin on the traditional yard sale –  Sunday June 25, 2017 - from 10-4pm. Rain or Shine. The Shop at PCA will be hosting a yART Sale again this year on the lawns of Pittsburgh C...
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Pittsburgh Sculpture Fest

Pittsburgh Sculpture Fest
Presented by the Society of Sculptors, the Millvale Borough, Millvale Development Corporation, Millvale Studios and the Millvale Community at large. ...
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The Drawn Surface: Underglaze Pencil and Washes on Clay with CJ Niehaus

The Drawn Surface: Underglaze Pencil and Washes on Clay with CJ Niehaus

Upcoming

at the

Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh

     

The Drawn Surface: Underglaze Pencil and Washes on Clay with CJ Niehaus

Saturday, June 3 10 am - 4 pm

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