With the new year upon us, Ceramic Supply Chicago is pleased to be reviving our Second Saturday Workshops – with a twist.Like all things these days, the new year’s first workshop will be virtual, online through Instagram Live, and will feature a demonstration by potter Amy Song.So, shake off that holiday lethargy, tune in, and get those creative juices flowing.
With a 75-year history as one of Pittsburgh’s major arts organizations, Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media (PCA&M) has weathered many changes.Founded as a conglomeration of individual art groups in 1945 as The Arts and Crafts Center, it grew to become a nexus for art education and exhibition with a unified vision and strong leadership.When the center’s current Executive Director, Kyle Houser joined the organization in 2013, a decade of uncertainty had left the group in financial difficulty and organizational turmoil.Houser’s dedication to rebuilding the center’s strengths contributed to a major reorganization in late 2019.Houser says, “2020 was the year to turn the ship around.Unfortunately, in March, we hit an iceberg.”
One of 2020’s irritating catch words has been “pivot.” Restaurants have pivoted to carry-out, then to outdoor dining. Schools have pivoted to remote instruction. Arts organizations have pivoted to online concerts and shows. For Neil Estrick, pivoting has been an integral part of his artistic life, beginning with a realization that Mathematics was a boring college major. This prominent Chicago-area potter and owner of Neil Estrick Gallery in Grayslake has always employed a practical analytic sense, softened by the nudges of his heart, to make adaptations to his work, never fearful of going in a different direction.
With business resuming after a long winter and spring of COVID closures, Standard Ceramic is glad to welcome a new employee in the retail shop. Lindsey Pauline, a native of Ridgeway, PA, has been helping customers in the retail shop since the end of July.