Featured Profiles Archive

Judith Schwartz, Ceramics Scholar

“Scholar” is not a term often associated with ceramic artists, not even with those who have spent a lifetime expressing through clay.  We tend to think of artists as doers, not thinkers, or perhaps as people who do their thinking with their hands.  For Dr. Judith Schwartz, of New York University, humankind’s most elemental making material inspires a complexity of thought that spans the gamut of intellectual disciplines.  From anthropology to architecture, from art history to politics, Schwartz looks to clay to inform these human pursuits. As a board member and program chairperson at Clay Art Center in Westchester County, Schwartz helped guide In Our Backyard, a yearlong series of programs that explore the impact of ceramics in the New York area.  Schwartz calls clay “the newest oldest material on the face of the earth,” noting its ubiquitous nature in both history and present times.  She points to a recent article in the New York Times that tells of an archeological find in Israel.  A ceramic shard marked with writing was clearly used as a note pad for a shopping list, directing the ancient servant to buy wine, flour and oil, and not to be late!  (See
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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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Image Transfer Class at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Image Transfer Class at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

PittsburghCenterArtsLogoNewPhoto-Ceramic Decals (Summer)

5 Weekdays: July 11 - July 15
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

PF/PCA 2016 Call for Artists

PF/PCA 2016 Call for Artists

PittsburghCenterArtsLogoNewPF/PCA 2016 Call for Artists!

Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PF/PCA) is accepting applications from artists living in a 150-mile radius of Pit...
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yART Sale 2016 at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

yART Sale 2016 at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Image 6-21-16 at 3.01 PMPittsburgh Center for the Arts yART Sale 2016 Sunday June 26, 2016 10am-4pm Rain or Shine

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts will hold our 8th annual “yART” sale – a creative spin on the traditional yard sale – June 26, 2016. Adjacent to Mellon Park, PCA's tree-lined campus is at the corn...
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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

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Object Clay Workshop and Exhibition

Friday, March 11, 2016

Demonstration ...
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