Thank you to our host the Morean Center for Clay.
Presentations from Brice Dyer, Melissa Mencini, Jeremy Randall, and Lindsay Scypta. Exploring a wide range of forming and surface treatments, our presenters will incorporate design elements in the early construction stage, as well as at the leather hard stage and beyond. And as always, questions are encouraged throughout the presentations. While each artist has their own distinct style, the techniques demonstrated can be adapted for your personal aesthetic and help take your ceramic expertise to the next level!
Brice Dyer comes from Denton, Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas with a BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture. He was an Artist-in-Residence at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg, Florida for two years before becoming a Foundation Resident at Redstar Studios in Kansas City, Missouri.
Formation, erosion, and weathering. The marks, textures, and seams on my work reflect these actions and tell the story of construction and destruction that the land endures each and every day. The contours of his work are influenced by his passion for the outdoors, in particular a long love of rock climbing. The places he has frequented over the years while pursuing climbing play a significant role in his visual vocabulary. The geology, horizons, layers, colors, textures and many shapes have all influenced the aesthetes of his work.
Melissa Mencini became interested in art at an early age and enrolled in classes at a local art center in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2000 and her MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2003. Melissa moved to Austin, Texas in September of 2013 to be a full time studio artist. Prior to her move South, she was living in Anchorage, Alaska teaching ceramics at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Before moving to Alaska, she moved back and forth between Montana and Washington State working as a studio artist and teaching at both Eastern Washington University and at the University of Washington in Seattle. During her first stay in Montana, Melissa was a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena for two years and the recipient of the Lincoln Fellowship for one year.
Her current focus is making functional pottery embellished with bright floral designs and decals. She also makes a body of sculptural work dealing with antique medical devices and physical anomalies. Melissa has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.
Jeremy Randall received his B.F.A. from Syracuse University and his M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Florida, and has been making his hand built pottery professionally since 2005. He currently lives in Tully, New York, where he owns and operates his home studio. Jeremy is a visiting instructor of art at Cazenovia College in Cazenovia NY, and an adjunct professor of art at Syracuse University. Jeremy has been involved in numerous national and international shows, is represented by Red Lodge Clay Center in Red lodge MT, The Clay Studio Philadelphia, Society of Arts And Crafts in Boston, among others. He also has work included in the permanent collections of Robert and Jane Myerhoff in Baltimore, Bailey Pottery Equipment permanent Collection, and the Southern Illinois University Museum in Carbondale, Illinois.
Lindsay Scypta holds a BFA in Art & Design from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a MFA from The Ohio State University. She was an Artist-in-Resident at Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York. Returning to Ohio in 2014 as an adjunct instructor at Owens Community College and Lourdes University, Lindsay continues balance teaching and making. She had a solo show at Morean Center for Clay in 2015 and was a recipient of the Toledo Museum of Art's Palmer Scholarship, providing support to conduct visual research in Paris, France. Her influences include the stone tracery of Gothic cathedrals, Victorian fretwork and the history of the dining experience. Working strictly with porcelain clay, the work is thrown, trimmed, altered and decorated, then fired to cone six in an electric oxidation atmosphere. Much of Lindsay's MFA research was centered around not only the history of the table but also the development of laser cut tools, stamps, and molds that she continues to challenge and apply to her work.