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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 for four years. During his service,  he enrolled in Kansas Stat...
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Objective Clay to Give Demonstration at ClayPlace@Standard

Objective Clay is a group of eleven artists who share a vision to create an online space established and maintained by artists. The space functions as a gallery to view the artists’ latest work as well as a window into their current thoughts in process. By sharing ideas and opening their studios, they invite artists, non-artists, educators, and students to actively engage in their artistic practices. In this virtual studio, the people who love pots can form direct relationships with the artists and view and purchase new work.Objective Clay will be featured in the NCECA Gallery Expo at this year’s 50th Anniversary Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts to be held in Kansas City, Missouri March 16 through 19. As a run-up to this event, six artists from Objective Clay will host a Pre-NCECA Workshop and Pop-up Exhibition at ClayPlace @ Standard in Pittsburgh on Friday, March 11.The workshop and exhibition will feature two demonstration workshops, from 9 a.m. through noon and from 1:00 p.m. through 4:00 p.m. Objective Clay’s artists Jen Allen, Blair Clemo, Sunshine Cobb, Bryan Hopkins, Doug Peltzman, and gwendolyn yopollo will present their techniques to participants. The group states as its mission “to openly share the ideas, processes, and work as a group of professional artists committed to utilitarian ceramics.” Works by the artists will be on display in the ClayPlace @ Standard gallery. All attendees are invited back at 6:00 p.m...
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The Crafts Center at North Carolina State University

  The Crafts Center at North Carolina State UniversityJennifer Siegel, Clay Studio Manager Raleigh, North Carolina, is one of the fastest growing urban areas in America. Voted by Forbes Magazine as the city attracting the most families and the best place for business and careers, Raleigh offers a lifestyle rich in opportunity and enrichment. North Carolina State University is an integral part of the city’s growth, not just in areas like science, technology, and business, but in the arts as well. The Crafts Center at NC State is a unique institution that builds on the university’s mission of making significant change in society. More than a university department, The Crafts Center serves the local community, offering a wide range of non-credit classes in a variety of crafts. Students can take courses in pottery, sculpture, woodworking, fiber arts, photography, lapidary, glass, jewelry, and metal arts. Located on campus, the center consists of eight separate studios, each well equipped in a pleasant work and teaching space. The student the studio users are an equal mix of college students, alumni, university employees, and local residents. Local guilds meet at the center, creating a vibrant arts community that has grown and thrived over the 60-some years that the Crafts Center has been in existence. Jennifer Siegel, whose enthusiasm for creating with clay ...
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Upcoming Artist Opportunity at Contemporary Craft

Upcoming Artist Opportunity at Contemporary Craft
Contemporary Craft logoSAVE THE DATE for this ARTIST OPPORTUNITY! A call for entries will begin on July 1, 2016 for the 2017 Lydon Emerging Artist Program (LEAP). LEAP is a Store feature that recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft...
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Mother of all Pottery Sales

Mother of all Pottery Sales
Union Project's Local pottery sale + live demonstrations + hands-on clay activitiesOur annual clay celebration brings ceramic artists and lovers together! Join us this year for hands-on activities from Hey Beast Studio and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, a live demonstration from nationally recognized ceramic artist Kevin Snipes, and a sale featuring locally-made pottery from 40 of the region’s top ceramics artists.We’ve even added a Preview Party so you can get a sneak peek. Joi...
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INTERNATIONAL WATER FILTER CONFERENCE

INTERNATIONAL WATER FILTER CONFERENCE
International Water Filter Conference April 1 and 2, 2016 Slippery Rock University Slippery Rock PennsylvaniaThis conference will present significant insight and opportunities to impact the worldwide health problem of drinking water pollution and create lasting change. All educators, students, community partners and the public at large are invited to attend, especially those with an interest in the role of art in promoting issues of global health and social justice. Through lectures and l...
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PCA Now enrolling for April – August

PCA Now enrolling for April – August

You can now easily learn more about, browse, and register for all of the camps, classes and workshops that Pittsburgh Filmmakers / Pittsburgh Center for the Arts has to offer in one place.

ONE-DAY ONLINE DISCOUNT ON MARCH 8

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NCECA RIB HUNT PROJECT: WITH WVU & EER COLLECTIVE + SPONSERS!

NCECA RIB HUNT PROJECT: WITH WVU & EER COLLECTIVE + SPONSERS!
During the Kansas City NCECA Conference 2016 we will be hiding 300-500 ceramic bbq ribs throughout the various venues associated with the conference. This treasure hunt will encourage people to actively find the ceramics ribs take a selfie (upload on various social media sites) and then bring them to the WVU/Archie Bray/RedStar/Belger Crane Yard Art Party on Friday, March 18, 2016 where they can be redeemed for amazing prizes ranging from tools donated by Ceramics Supply/Standard Ceramics, t-shi...
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Clay Place at Standard Workshop

Clay Place at Standard Workshop

clay place logoSave the Date

 

Object Clay Workshop and Exhibition

Friday, March 11, 2016

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Greenwich House 2015 Retrospective

Greenwich House 2015 Retrospective
Greenwich House logoFrom Greenwich House's Executive Director Roy Levitt:Dear Friends,Greenwich House has come a long way in 2015. In the settlement tradition, we have expanded and adapted programs to meet new community needs...
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PCA Now Enrolling for January through March

PCA Now Enrolling for January through March
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is now enrolling for classes, camps, and workshops during January, February, and March. You can now easily learn more about, browse, and register for all of the camps, classes and workshops that Pittsburgh Filmmakers / Pittsburgh Center for the Arts has to offer in one convenient place.Continue Reading

Winter Clay at Union Project

Winter Clay at Union Project
Union Project's ceramics Program offers classes, workshops, open studio, a co-op, and custom programs for youth, families, and adults of all skill levels. Accommodations and scholarships are available.Adult Classes, Youth Classes, Workshops and Open Studio New terms begins January 8Union Project 801 N. Negley Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412.363.4550 www.unionproject.org ...
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PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS
GUILDThe Guild ExhibitionsWith over 90 artists from the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Society of Sculptors and Group A exhibiting in the galleries and dozens more spilling out of our Holiday Shop, we will be hosting an Opening Reception in celebration of these loc...
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