Ceramics

2018 Oct 13

Raise a Glass – A Contemporary Response to Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World Exhibition

Sat Oct 13 (All day) to Mon Nov 26 (All day)

Location: 

Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Bull Vessel by Mia Riley
Bison Rhyton. Mia Riley, 2018
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
 
 

This exhibition challenges 14 contemporary ceramic artists to respond to objects included in Animal Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes and Kings, an exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums which brings together nearly 60 elaborate vessels of animal shape and offers a glimpse into the rich symbolism and communal practices that found expression at the gatherings in which they were used. The show offers a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary examination of these vessels, whose history spans geography and time, across three continents and over three millennia, vividly illustrates how shapes, artistic forms, ideas and traditions have exchanged across borders throughout time.... Read more about Raise a Glass – A Contemporary Response to Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World Exhibition

2018 Jul 31

Visiting Artist Lecture with Michael Eden

Registration Closed 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Presented by: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Dido Monstrance. Michael Eden 2018
Dido Monstrance. Michael Eden 2018

Join us for a lecture on Tuesday, July 31 from 6:30-7:30 pm with UK-based artist Michael Eden.  This lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. RSVP below to reserve your seat.

Michael Eden is a maker whose work sits at the intersection of craft, design and art, exploring contemporary themes through the redesign of historical, culturally familiar objects utilising digital manufacturing and materials.... Read more about Visiting Artist Lecture with Michael Eden

Wheel Intensive

Semester: 

Fall

Dates: September 10 - November 26Steve Murphy
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. Students should arrive with an ideas of what forms and/or techniques that they would like to improve upon during this class. Special attention will be given to creating larger vessels and lids, pouring vessels, multiples and executing more sophisticated forms. Class demonstrations will be given based on student input with the remainder of the class being one-on-one help. (12 classes/13 weeks)

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2018 Sep 15

Visiting Artist Workshop with Bryan Hopkins and Kristen Kieffer

10:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard

Presented by: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

work by Kristen Kieffer and Bryan HopkinsVisiting 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 presentaions 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.

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2018 Jul 02

Screenshot | Adam Chau Closing Lecture and Reception

Registration Closed 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

photo of Adam Chau.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

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2018 Jul 09

Visiting Scholar Lecture with Matthew Katz - FULL

5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Matthew Katz"Rumor Mill" - This lecture is now FULL

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 is the instructor of our Summer 2018 course Glaze and Clay Body Chemistry.

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.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Sign up below!

2018 Jul 14

Stuart Gair Solo Exhibition

Sat Jul 14 (All day) to Thu Aug 16 (All day)

Location: 

Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Quiescence In ProximityStuart Gair
Stuart Gair
2017-18 Artist-In-Residence

Exhibition Dates: July 14-August 12, 2018

Reception: Saturday, July 21, 5-7pm
Lecture: Saturday, July 21, 4-5pm

view images from the Exhibition & Reception on HarvardArts Flickr

Artist Bio:

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

 

Related event: Masterclass Workshop with Stuart Gair, July 21-22 (Registration required)

Gallery 224 at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
224 Western Ave, Allston, Massachusetts 02134

Gallery Hours: M-F, 10am-5pm; weekends & evenings by appointment. call 617-495-8680 or email ceramics@fas.harvard.edu

 

View photos from the exhibition & reception on the HarvardArts Flickr.

Natalia Arbelaez

Natalia Arbelaez

Artist In Residence 2018-19 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.

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Colby Charpentier

Colby Charpentier

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.

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