The sculptural ceramic work of Donté K. Hayes pulls from his interest in hip-hop culture, history, and science fiction to explore themes in Afrofuturism, a projected vision of an imagined future which critiques the historical and cultural events of the African Diaspora and the distinct black experience of the Middle Passage. He combines ceramics with printmaking, installation, and performance to elevate his ceramic sculptures as a historical and creative base materials to inform memories of the past. Donté will present his work through images and/or a brief demo and host Fabio J. Fernández will guide the discussion through a range of topics including access, mentorship, and community
We welcome Salvador Jiménez-Flores back to Harvard Ceramics to speak about his work and current projects. In his interdisciplinary work, Salvador explores the themes of colonization, migration, "the other," stereotypes and futurism. Salvador is currently an artist and assistant professor in Ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to that, he was an Artist in Residence at the Harvard Ceramics Program from 2015-17. Salvador will present his work through images and/or a brief demo and host Fabio J. Fernández will guide the discussion through a range of topics including access, mentorship, and community.
Potter Sanam Emami was born in Iran and grew up in England. She now lives in Colorado, where she is an associate professor of art at Colorado State University. She came to pottery after studying American history, which led her to think about her own history, and her work combines influences of Persian and Islamic art with a contemporary sensibility. For Sanam, making pots, and understanding her voice within that work, is a continuing journey. Fabio Fernández will lead us in a conversation with Sanam from her Colorado studio as part of The Artist’s Studio series.
Shawanda Corbett’s studio practice background is in the ceramic vessel. The craft principles, fundamentals and discipline in ceramics are applied to other mediums, such as dance theatre production including live performance and film performance. Currently, she is researching how AI can facilitate craft theory in her studio practice. Corbett was recently awarded the 2020 Turner bursary award by Tate Britain. We will join Corbett in the United Kingdom as she shares her powerful work through images and discussion of her process. Host Fabio J. Fernández will guide the discussion through a range of topics including access, mentorship, and community as part of The Artist’s Studio series.
Syd Carpenter’s ceramic sculptures raise issues about race, life, memory, magic and the human condition. Her work can be viewed in museums across the nation and her recent bodies of work have focused on generational, African-American owned farms in the South. We are honored to to visit with Carpenter as she speaks about her work through images and discussion of her process. Host Fabio J. Fernández will guide the discussion through a range of topics including access, mentorship, and community as part of The Artist’s Studio series.
Join us in welcoming Paul Andrew Wandless - studio artist, educator, author of numerous books and articles. His studio work is created using a variety of mediums, techniques and processes including clay, stone, printmaking...
Linda Lopez’s work derives from her awareness of the power of language to animate the inanimate. Her abstract works explore the poetic potential of the everyday by imagining and articulating a vast emotional range embedded in the mundane objects that surround us. Lopez will present her work through images and a brief demo and host Fabio J. Fernández will guide the discussion through a range of topics including access, mentorship, and community as part of The Artist’s Studio series. ... Read more about Linda Lopez - The Artist's Studio
Clay Etc., an upcoming digital publication by Summer Chen and Ty Billman, aims to provide a space for our global community of designers, makers and craftspeople to share the unique passions for, and experiences with, clay as a medium. As part of the publication’s launch, co-author Summer Chen...
Roberto Lugo uses porcelain as his medium of choice, illuminating its aristocratic surface with imagery of poverty, inequality, and social and racial injustice. Lugo will be in conversation with Fabio J. Fernández as part of our The Artist’s Studio series regarding the trajectory of his artistic voice and practice in clay from his inspirational Emerging Artist lecture in 2015 at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference to his recent receipt of the Rome Prize as well as a Pew Fellowship in 2019.
What leads an artist to work in clay? How does an artist develop their artistic voice and practice in clay? In this series, we’ll learn through conversation with eight multicultural contemporary artists and educators who use clay in ways that are functional, sculptural or performative. Each artist will present their work through images or a brief demo and host Fabio J. Fernández will guide the discussion through a range of topics including access, mentorship, and community.
Join the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard to celebrate the opening of our online gallery shop. This community sale features mugs made by participants in our Spring 2021 online classes. ...
Learn new creative skills and connect with friends, colleagues, and artists and while staying home! Ceramics Program Spring 2021 classes will be held online via Zoom, and registration is open to anyone 18+, anywhere in the world. From hand building, flameware, sculpting from observation, bookmaking, experimental photography on clay, glaze chemistry, tile design, and more, these courses provide opportunities for creative exploration and building community from wherever you are, whether you are working from your kitchen table or full home studio. Visit: https://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/ceramics/... Read more about Ceramics Program Spring 2021 Online Classes start
Artist Shawn Panepinto recently retired as Director of Operations at the Ceramics Program after nearly 40 years of teaching and working in ceramics. Shawn’s new work in painting is the evolution of her work in clay, and...
Maine-based potter Ayumi Horie gives her first workshop at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard. Throwing without water may sound impossible, but Ayumi has used “Dry Throwing” as a viable method to make pots for more than 20 years. Bowls and plates will be covered, along with surface decoration techniques such as mishima, sgraffito, and waterslide decals. This workshop will consist of a lecture, demonstration, and hands-on time for students, so get ready to play!
Artist Bio: Ayumi Horie is a full-time studio potter based in Maine, who layers color and drawings of animals to create narratives that are grounded in American and Japanese folk traditions and comics. In 2015, she was awarded a Distinguished Fellow in Craft grant from United States Artists. She co-founded The Democratic Cup, a political project that seeks to catalyze conversation through collaborative cups made by more than two dozen artists. She runs Pots In Action, a curatorial project on Instagram that features international ceramics and guest hosts from all over the world. In 2016 she created Portland Brick, a collaborative public art project, that repairs city sidewalks with bricks made from local clay stamped with past, contemporary, and future memories of Portland. In 2011, she was the first recipient of Ceramics Monthly’s Ceramic Artist of the Year award. She has organized multiple online fundraisers including Obamaware in 2008 and Handmade For Japan in 2011, which has raised over $100,000 for disaster relief. She has served on multiple boards including that of the Archie Bray Foundation and currently is a trustee at the American Craft Council and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She has taught and lectured nationally and internationally for the past 20 years.... Read more about [Canceled] Ayumi Horie Visiting Artist Workshop
Kyle Johns' playful works involve the precision found in high quality mold making and slip casting, while embracing the spontaneity of a keyless mold system. Unlike the repetition of industry’s use of slip casting, Kyle's molds are interchangeable allowing for each piece to be one of a kind. His technique of applying colored slip to plaster molds then binding them together for casting larger objects is a performance in itself. Participants will be encouraged to try their hand at layering colored casting slip onto plaster bats. This workshop is one in a series of three sessions in February with Ceramics Program 2019-20 Artists In Residence.
Artist Bio: Kyle Johnsfound his passion for working with clay at Oakton Community College. Kyle then transferred to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) where he began studying under Paul Dresang and Matt Wilt. Following undergraduate, Kyle received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University, studying with Brad Schwieger, Tom Bartel, Alex Hibbitt, and Chuck Mcweeny. While at Ohio University, Kyle participated in a six week residency at The International Ceramics Center in Kecskemet, Hungary. Kyle also was a studio assistant at Arrowmont School for the Arts and Crafts, returning several times as a workshop assistant. Kyle has been a resident at both Red Lodge Clay Center and the Archie Bray Foundation.... Read more about Kyle Johns Artist-In-Residence Workshop