Events 2016-06-30T23:29:42+00:00

“Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion”

| 10/8/16 to 2/26/17

American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA)
Pomona, CA

Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion, features twelve, internationally based ceramic artists integrating video into their studio practice. Organized and curated by Garth Johnson, Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center Curator.

With the dawn of social media comes a new generation of artists who grasp the power of video not just as a tool to document process, but as an inextricable element of their work. Recorded Matter is an exploration of the range of expression that video offers – from viral videos showing artworks being used (or more often, abused) to mysterious inquiries into material and philosophical properties of clay.

Asked to reflect on the genesis of the exhibition, Johnson remarked, “I honestly don’t think that this exhibition would have happened if it weren’t for social media. A new generation of artists has emerged that innately know how to use video to tell their story.”

Physical objects accompany several of the videos showcased in the exhibition. One of the most powerful examples is Recycled China by Thomas Schmidt and Jeffrey Miller, who are both Americans who taught and made work in China. During their time together in China, Schmidt and Miller started crushing cast-off plates (taken from the virtually limitless supply in the porcelain capitol of Jingdezhen) with a steamroller. The crushed porcelain shards were then taken to an industrial foundry and smothered in molten aluminum. The resulting tiles are both mysterious and ethereal – delicate porcelain shards are suspended like sedimentary rocks in a primal, metallic ooze. The 5-channel video of their process recently helped win a Bronze Prize in the Korean Gyeonggi Ceramic Biennial, perhaps the most prestigious exhibition of its kind. Schmidt is a North Carolina-based artist currently teaching at University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Click here to read a recent article in Ceramics Monthly.

There are other videos that are self-contained. This Amorphous Moment, by Philadelphia-based artist Jason Lee Starin is an extreme close up of pair of hands squeezing and kneading clay, illuminated only by flickering firelight. Without using any narrative structure, Starin’s video conveys the primal qualities that have attracted humans to clay over the millennia.

On the other end of the spectrum is Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph, a Florida-based artist who has connected the rich history of single-function ceramic objects (such as pickle stands and salt cellars) and their modern-day equivalent, the As Seen on TV gadget. For her graduate thesis at University of Florida, Miller created a device to help people in white pantsuits from staining them while eating green peas. The resulting contraption, Center-Peas is accompanied by an infomercial featuring the artist as pitchwoman, out to convince late-night viewers that thanks to Center-Peas, their “pea mess” problems are a thing of the past.

Featured artists include: Jonah Amadeus, Sam Brennan, Forrest Sincoff Gard, Ben Harle, Jo Kamm, Roberto Lugo, Jeffrey Miller and Thomas Schmidt, Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph, Jason Lee Starin, Eva Vogelsang and Man Yau.

This exhibition is supported by the Urban Foundation #4, in the memories of Danny Greenlaw and Brooks Collins. –

The 30th Anniversary National Arts and Crafts Conference

, | 2/17/17 to 2/19/17

Grove Park Inn
Asheville, NC

30th Anniversary National Arts & Crafts Conference and Antiques Show at the Grove Park Inn

Omni Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

(800) 438-5800  |
February 17-19, 2017
Director: Bruce Johnson

For the past 29 years, this three-day educational conference has served as the galvanizing force behind the current Arts & Crafts Revival. Author and –

Conference director Bruce Johnson has remained dedicated to his goal of providing Arts & Crafts collectors at every level with the information they
need to make confident and satisfying decisions as they select items, both antique and contemporary, for their homes. Johnson locks the doors to the
exhibition hall when his morning and evening seminar speakers are at the podium, in order that collectors, as well as exhibitors, can benefit from
them. In addition, he weaves small group discussions, walking tours, house tours, educational displays, workshops and demonstrations into an
agenda that runs from early morning to nearly midnight. The New York Times has called it "the most important weekend of the year for
Arts & Crafts collectors."
Exhibitors: approximately 50 of the country's leading Arts & Crafts antiques dealers; approximately 50 juried contemporary artists and artisans working in the
Arts & Crafts style; approximately 25 book sellers, publishers, non-profit organizations and magazines editors and publishers. A complete list is on the website.
General public admission to all three shows is $10, good for all three days.

32nd Alabama Clay Conference

| 2/17/17 to 2/19/17

Boutwell Auditorium
Birmingham, AL

The 32nd Annual Alabama Clay Conference (ALCC 2017) will be held at the Historic Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama, Friday, February 17th through Sunday, February 19th, with an optional Clay Market reception the evening of Thursday, February 16th.

This year's conference will feature the following accomplished demonstrating artists.

Ken Baskin, - Currently from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Ken is a hand-builder of forms influenced by 20th century industrial technology

Tony Clennell - Tony is a second-generation potter from Canada who is known for his adventurous and playful handling of functional forms.

Cheryl Tall - A figurative ceramic sculptor from California, Cheryl creates coil-built, mythical, and narrative sculptures.

The Alabama Clay Conference 2017 will be held in cooperation with the Birmingham Museum of Art's 3rd Bunting Ceramics Symposium, which focuses, biennially, on the ceramic arts. The 2017 Bunting Symposium theme, Communities of Clay: Ceramic Enterprises, Past and Present will explore diverse “communities of clay on a global level.

From Native American cultures of the Southwest to potters in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, these artists have become known for distinctive wares reflecting past artistic traditions while simultaneously spurring current economic revival. The symposium will explore ceramic practices in a broad array of historical and geographical contexts. For more information, look here.

The 2017 Alabama Clay Conference will extend and expand the Birmingham Museum of Arts' offerings with a wide array of other ways to engage participants.

Visit the Conference EXTRAS page!

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The Alabama Clay Conference is sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Craft Council, the Potters Council, Alabama Power, Good People Brewery, and various vendors.

The Vendor sponsors are: Olympic Kilns, Mid-South Ceramic Supply Company, Mecca Tools, and Seger's Pottery Tools

3rd Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium: “Communities of Clay: Ceramic Enterprises Past and Present”

| 2/17/17 to 2/18/17

Birmingham Museum of Art
Birmingham, AL

The Birmingham Museum of Art is now issuing a Call for Papers for the 3rd Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium to be held at the Birmingham Museum of Art, February 17-18, 2017. This year’s theme will be Communities of Clay: Ceramic Enterprises Past and Present.

COMMUNITIES OF CLAY: Ceramic Enterprises Past and Present

Friday, February 17, 2017

6:00pm Welcome

6:15pm Susan Folwell, ceramic artist, Santa Clara Pueblo, Taos, NM

7:00-9:00pm Reception in conjunction with the 32nd annual Alabama Clay Conference

Saturday, February 18, 2017

9:00am Opening Remarks, moderated by Emily Hanna, Ph.D., senior curator of the arts of Africa and the Americas, Birmingham Museum of Art

9:15am Ali Istalifi, Crafts Specialist, Project Manager at Jindhag Foundation and Independent Filmmaker
Turquoise Splendour of Istalfi: Rebuilding a war-torn Pottery Community in Afghanistan

10:00am Coffee break and free time to visit the galleries

10:30am Bruce Bernstein, executive director and curator, Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Crafting Survival Through Enterprise: the Pueblo Pottery Revival

11:15am Chris Kelly, chair of the art department and associate professor of art, Piedmont College, Demorest, GA
Echizen Pottery

12:00pm Lunch and free time to visit the galleries

1:30pm Brenda Hornsby Heindl, ceramics department head, Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Auction, Crawford, VA
New Frontiers: Backcountry Communities of Clay for Free and Enslaved People of Color

2:15pm Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, Ph.D., chief curator, The Marguerite Jones Harbert and John M. Harbert III Curator of Decorative Arts, Birmingham Museum of Art
The Staffordshire Pottery Industry: Preservation of a Tradition

3:00pm Closing remarks and thanks; Free time to visit the galleries


The Birmingham Museum of Art, a comprehensive regional museum, has emerged as a major Southeastern center for ceramic study. Currently, the collection includes more than 16,000 objects of ceramic art from Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia, dating from the Jomon period of Neolithic Japan to the present day. The collection reflects the centrality of ceramics to cultures worldwide. It is central to the mission of the Museum to provide the public with a sense of the value and relevance of the artworks it houses.


The primary purpose of hosting a ceramics symposium is to educate the public about the importance and relevance of ceramics both historically and today. By exploring universal themes that touch on core aspects of the human experience, the Museum hopes to engage current and future museum visitors by connecting ceramic art to people and their lives.

Throughout the world and across time, there have always existed communities, or extended families, of potters, who have relied on the production of ceramics for their livelihood. For many of these, the creation of ceramic objects is a way of life, a tradition to be preserved and handed down from generation to generation. Yet, within the context of the modern global economy, many of these traditions have become obsolete. In response, some communities have made a successful shift by pivoting to new markets, which has allowed them to maintain traditions or create new ones inspired by the past. From Native American cultures of the Southwest to potters in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, “communities of clay” have become known for their distinctive wares that guard the past while often spurring economic revival.

The symposium will explore themes of ceramic enterprises past and present by considering the subject in a broad array of historical and geographical contexts. –

“Batchelder: Tilemaker” and “Cast & Fired: Pasadena’s Mid-Century Ceramics Industry”

| 9/21/16 to 2/12/17

Pasadena Museum of History
Pasadena, CA

Designed to entertain as well as educate, the changing exhibitions in the Kathryne Beynon Foundation Exhibition Hall in the History Center address Pasadena’s diverse and multi-faceted community history.

Hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, 12:00 to 5:00 pm (Please note that the Museum is closed on all major holidays and closes early on December 24 and December 31. The Museum's hours can also be affected by the schedule at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Check our calendar for specific dates.)

Tickets (available in Museum Store): $7 General; $6 Students & Seniors; Members receive free admission for 2 & Children under 12 are free.


Non-commercial photography is allowed unless otherwise noted. –

“San Diego Potters / Japanese Influences”

| 2/3/17 to 4/30/17

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
San Diego, CA

American studio potters owe a tremendous debt to the Japanese ceramic tradition, and the members of the San Diego Potters' Guild are no exception.  We have borrowed forms, techniques, glazes, and decorative motifs.  We have been inspired by the Japanese embrace of imperfection and reverence for the natural world.

Join us in the spring 2017 for San Diego Potters / Japanese Influences, an exhibition of recent work by members of the Guild showcasing our ongoing dialog with the ceramic culture of Japan - just a stroll away at the beautiful Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. –