Old Frog Pond Farm, 38 Eldridge Road, Harvard, MA 01451
Students in the Ceramics Program course Interdisciplinary Projects, along with instructor Anne Eder, are exhibiting their work in the 12th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard, Massachusetts. A reception is scheduled for September 9, 2018 from 1-4 pm. More information can be found the Old Frog Pond website, here.... Read more about 12th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
Raise a Glass – A Contemporary Response to Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World
Exhibition Dates: October 13 – November 26, 2018 Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard 224 Western Ave, Allston, Massachusetts 02134 Opening Reception and Public Demonstration: Saturday, October 13th, 2018 from 4pm – 7pm
Dates: September 9 - November 25 ***Waitlisted for Harvard Graduate Students*** Days/Times: Mondays, 10:00am - 1:00pm Level: Intermediate - Advanced Instructor: Steve Murphy
Course Description: Focusing primarily on the wheel, this class for intermediate to advanced potters will explore size, form, refinement, and surface. This Fall, the focus of the class will be on Japanese ceramics and the concept of wabi sabi – the traditional Japanese aesthetic of a world centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Tea Ceremony ware including tea bowls (Chawan) and water containers (Misusashi) will be demonstrated. Students should arrive with an ideas of what forms and/or techniques that they would like to improve upon during this class. Class demonstrations will be given based on student input with the remainder of the class being one-on-one help. (12 classes/13 weeks)
Presented by: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Visiting Artist Workshop with Bryan Hopkins and Kristen Kieffer | The Textured Surface in Porcelain
Saturday & Sunday September 15 & 16, 2018 10am - 4pm each day Potluck lunch for those who wish to bring a dish to share.
Join us for a master class in working with porcelain with Bryan Hopkins and Kristen Kieffer. Both artists plan to explore a range of surface treatments while sharing stores and their experiences as contemporary ceramic artists. Both will provide visual presentations pertaining to their journey as artists and with their chosen techniques and use of porcelain clay bodies. Whether your work is functional or sculptural, this workshop will provide you with a chance to explore, experiment and learn. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at the various techniques covered in the workshop and receive feedback from other participants and the workshop leaders.
Join us for a lecture with artist Adam Chau on July 2, 2018 from 5:30-6:30 pm. Chau's exhibition, Screenshot, is on view in Gallery 224 from May 29 - July 2. Join us in the gallery after the lecture for a closing reception with the artist.
Adam Chau brings craft and technology together by using handmade tools in conjunction with digital technology. Porcelain tiles in the shape of electronic products (smartphones, tablets, and monitors) are used to examine how we engage with technology and how it reminds us of the need to connect with each other. In his TXT series, blue and white tiles carry text messages of intimate conversations - in the Tablet series, computer-generated selfies are created using handmade brushes on a CNC machine... Read more about Screenshot | Adam Chau Closing Lecture and Reception
We'll discuss, explore, and destroy some of the common ceramic myths. We will discuss topics such as "No, opening your kiln early does not cause crazing" and " Gas escaping from your clay can't cause pin-holing. Physics doesn't work that way." as well as others. We will wash away the nonsense, and fill you with optimism and information.
Matthew Katz has taught ceramic materials for artists at Alfred University for over 15 years. He is a working ceramic artist with a B.F.A from Alfred and M.F.A. from the University of Colorado-Boulder and has worked as a Ceramic Engineer and researcher for almost 20 years.
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Stuart Gair received his MFA from University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2017 and was featured as an Emerging Artist in the May 2017 issue of Ceramics Monthly. Gair received his Bachelors of Art and Sciences in History at Ohio University, Athens, OH where he went on to do Post-Baccalaureate work in ceramics. Gair has been a Summer Resident at Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT as well as a Watershed Artist in Residence and Salad Days Artist in Residence at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME. He currently holds the position of Instructor and 2017-2018 Artist in Residence at Harvard Ceramics in Allston, Massachusetts where he has been featured in the Gallery exhibition HandCode: Makers in Proximity whereby he collaborates with 3D ceramic print artist Geoff Booras.
The functional vessels I make are for use and display. It is of the upmost importance that each piece has a duality of utilitarian purpose and serves as an object of beauty and intrigue when not in use. Formal considerations are a result of an in-depth exploration of historical objects from Japan, China, and Korea as well as mid twentieth century Scandinavian, American, and British forms. I draw comparisons from these pieces to one another and to everyday objects that surround me. I evaluate the attributes to one another and to everyday objects that surround me. I evaluate the attributes I am drawn to and incorporate them into my work. Particular attention is given to silhouette, curve, lightness, balance, volume, proportion, substantiality, and how objects sit on a surface. It is these attributes that result in a piece that demands presence in an environment. - Stuart Gair
2018-19 Artist in Residence at Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Natalia Arbelaez is a Colombian American artist, born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received her B.F.A. from Florida International University and her M.F.A. from The Ohio State University, where she received an Enrichment Fellowship. She completed a yearlong residency at the Clay Art Center; Port Chester, New York as a Barbara Rittenberg Fellow and was awarded the 2016 Inaugural Artaxis Fellowship that funded a residency to the Watershed in Newcastle, Maine. Her work has been exhibited nationally, in museums, galleries, and included in various collections. She has been recognized by the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts as a 2018 Emerging Artist in the field. Natalia currently lives and works in New York.
Artist In Residence 2018-19 at Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Colby Charpentier grew up in Smithfield, RI where he began building and firing wood kilns at the studio of Bruce Lenore. He went on to study ceramics and glass at Alfred University, where he graduated with a BFA in 2013. He then worked as a studio assistant to Chris Gustin and Daniel Clayman for three years, while engaged in an artist residency at Dew Claw Studios. He most recently completed a 6 month residency at Sonoma Ceramics in Sonoma, California and was Artist in Residence at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg, Florida.