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The Month in Clay – December 2009
Posted By Jennifer Harnetty On November 25, 2009 @ 9:01 am In Daily,Features | 6 Comments
‘Tis the season for giving, and what better way to celebrate than by giving your loved ones handmade gifts? I’m sure many of you will be making gifts, but in case you run out of time to make something for everyone on your list (it is almost December! Yikes!), I am posting some highlights of the fabulous holiday ceramics sales that are going on this season. I thought the festive decoration on the jars at left by Emily Free Wilson, which are included in Northern Clay Center’s “‘Tis a Gift” event, were the perfect opener to this post because the decoration reminded me of holiday lights. Hopefully these jars, and the great stuff below will get you fired up for the holidays!
MudFire Gallery (www.mudfire.com) proudly presents its Holiday Studio Sale, featuring work of more than 100 potters and clay artists from Atlanta and the Southeast. The exhibition and sale feature locally-produced, finely-crafted functional and decorative ceramics made by emerging and established clay artists. Starting on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the gallery will be brimming with a humungous selection of unique, handmade, artful pottery (and sculpture) at reasonable prices. Doors to the sale open on Friday, November 27 at noon. A holiday party and artist reception will be held on Saturday, December 5 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
More than 100 local and regional ceramic artists (such as Joey Sheehan, whose work is shown here) participate in this show. Inventory is replenished daily and the show runs through December 21.
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Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Ceramics Program of the Office for the Arts at Harvard will present its annual Holiday Show and Sale December 10 – 13. More than sixty potters and sculptors, affiliated with this dynamic studio program, will present an extraordinary selection of hand-made work ranging from masterpieces to treasured bargains. Long recognized as featuring the best and most varied selection of contemporary ceramics in the Northeast, this popular exhibition attracts several thousand visitors each year. Help commemorate the 40th anniversary by visiting the Studio and meeting the artists who have earned the Program’s international recognition.
Free cups made by exhibitors will be available on a first-come, first-served basis during the opening reception, on Thursday, December 10th, 3-8 pm. The Holiday Show and Sale will continue Friday through Sunday, December 11 – 13, 10 am – 7 pm. In the event of snow on Sunday, a snow date is scheduled for Monday, December 14, 10am – 7pm. For more information or directions call 617.495.8680 or visit http://www.ofa.fas.harvard.edu/ceramics/show.php to see samples of exhibitor work.
The Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild will hold its “Gifts from the Guild” holiday sale December 18-20.
Gifts from the Guild features quality gifts handmade by Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild student and staff artists. Sales will benefit the Guild’s youth arts education programs. Sales will benefit MCG’s youth arts education programs. For more information, visit www.manchesterguild.org.
|St. Paul, Minnesota
“Handcrafted Holidays” is going on through
December 24 at the Grand Hand Gallery (http://www.thegrandhand.com/).
The gallery is overflowing with handmade gifts and ornaments for the
holidays – in addition to its regular assortment of local, regional,
and national artists’ work.
A portion of the sales from this
This holiday gift giving season, The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft (www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org), in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, presents “Informing Tradition: Functional Ceramics From Seven Oregon Makers.” This retail show in the Museum’s sales gallery features ceramic artists of varied generations and influences. Makers range from the established and influential Wally Schwab, to David Piper (work shown here), who infuses the modern angles of his architecture practice into his ceramic work. Vases, mugs, tea pots, all goods featured in this show, are designed to enhance day-to-day living and, like everything in The Gallery, they are made by hand. Through live artist talks and artist bios hung in the retail space, Informing Tradition gives a personal insight into the deep legacy of craft, and the score of new creative ideas, found in the Pacific Northwest. For more information visit http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/gallery/features.html
Mitchell and Yancey Counties, Western North Carolina
Ken Sedberry, who made the platter to the left, is one of the artist’s participating in the Toe River Arts Council’s Annual Studio Tour event.
|Port Chester, New York
“CLAY-HOLIDAY: CAC Annual Studio Tour and Sale” will take place December 3-20 at the Clay Art Center (http://www.clayartcenter.org). Clay Art Center artists will have fine functional pottery and ceramic sculpture on display in their studio spaces and throughout the 7000-square-foot facility. The holiday sale is not only an opportunity to purchase functional pottery and one-of-a-kind clay art for holiday gift-giving but it is also a time to explore the Port Chester area’s only ceramic center, where sculptors and potters work in a cooperative environment.
Participating artists include: Tomoko Abe, Keiko Ashida, Patricia Akinyemi, Sally Aldrich, Peter Arnow, Dalia Berman, Douglas Breitbart, Jennifer Cherpock, Paula Cook, Andrew Coombs, Shanna Fliegel, Karen Ford, Audrey Greenwald, Robin Henschel, Beth Herod, Debra Holiber (work shown), Natalie Kase, Reena Kashyap, Sarah Koster, Kazuko Lee, Denis Licul, Loren Maron, Deborah Mawhinney, Jon McMillan, Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Bob Miranti, Doris Montagna, Rimmie Mosley, Kiyomi Noda, Mari Ogihara, Barbara Rittenberg, Roberta Shapiro, Hatsumi Suyama, Priya Tambe, Georgia Tenore and Susan Wortman
“GIFTED: The Clay Studio’s Annual Holiday Exhibition,” is on display through January 3, 2010 at The Clay Studio (http://www.theclaystudio.org).
This annual exhibition highlights the work of some of America’s finest ceramic artists. Opening over the course of both November and December, the exhibition will ultimately include the work of over 100 artists, all exhibiting affordable and accessible objects, perfect for your holiday gift giving. Plates, bowls, mugs, ornaments and tiles, representing a wide aesthetic range, are available for immediate sale.
Participating artists include: Ingrid Bathe, Jeff Campana, Rebecca
“Tis a gift…The 19th Annual Holiday Exhibition and Sale” is being held in the Sales Gallery and Gallery M at Northern Clay Center (www.northernclaycenter.org) through January 3, 2010. Once again, NCC has a spectacular selection of work from more than sixty-five regional and national ceramic artists.
Participating artists include: Jennifer Allen, Martye Allen, Judith Altobell, Posey Bacopoulos, Megan Bergstrom, Margaret Bohls, Birdie Boone, William Brouillard, Kevin Caufield, Rebecca Chappell, Victoria Christen, Blair Clemo, Michael Connelly, Sandra Daulton Shaughnessy, Andrea Leila Denecke, Josh DeWeese, Paul Dresang, Sanam Emami, Gary Erickson, Jil Franke, Emily Free Wilson (work shown here), Willem Gebben, Steve Godfrey, Bill Gossman, Katharine Gotham, Ryan Greenheck, James Grittner, Richard Gruchalla & Carrin Rosetti, Butch Holden, Bob & Cheryl Husby, Mike Jabbur, Sarah Jaeger, Eric Jensen, Shirley Johnson, Matt Kelleher, Kristen Kieffer, Maren Kloppmann, Gib Krohn, Steven Young Lee, Lee Love, Warren MacKenzie, Tim Marcotte, Ruth Martin, Laura McCaul, Allison McGowan, Jan McKeachie Johnston, Ron Meyers, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Mike Norman, Jeffrey Noska, Jeffrey Oestreich, Elizabeth Robinson, S. C. Rolf, Monica Rudquist, Irene Saito, Patricia Sannit, Pete Scherzer, Deborah Schwartzkopf, Johanna Severson, Laurie Shaman, McKenzie Smith, Aaron Sober, Will Swanson, Munemitsu Taguchi, Shoko Teruyama, Christy Wert, Geoffrey Wheeler, Tara Wilson, Michael Wisner.
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