Endangered Species Project
This past spring, I was walking through the Minneapolis Airport half listening to a podcast about the Wandering Albatross. It is the largest of the albatross breeds, with a wingspan measuring 11 feet, and it can keep aloft in wind currents over the southern oceans for a month without returning to land. This bird’s population is dwindling on account of industrial line fishing; the Wandering Albatross is being decapitated at the rate of a bird every five minutes. In Minneapolis Airport, I had been walking for fifteen minutes, three albatross. Right there by gate C15, I was actually brought to my knees, stunned by this bycatch carnage. But what can I do about this? Quit my job, leave my studio and head out for civil disobedience? Throw myself in the path of industrial fishing factories? Oy vey. Not very effective or realistic. However, I am a potter and a teacher, and I can make something generally unseen, visible. Read more…
Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans
I developed the ‘Ceramics Field Guide’ as an aid for teaching. I developed it specifically to help students when they finish school, information to continue working in clay. I could not teach enough professional practices material to students in school because they were rightly so distracted by their studio work, and many of them did not yet have the maturity to deal with issues of creativity and commodity at the same time. For many years I received emails from students 1-3 years after they had graduated with a ton of questions about how to continue making work after school. I developed this guide to help them, and artisans who are working in isolation. This is a self-funded non-professional website, links, suggestions and interviews from many many people and it meant as a support for all working in clay.
This website is a gathering of information about ceramics in Montana. This website features full time active makers, artists, craftsmen, schools, art centers, and galleries that are invested in the preservation, promotion and advancement of the ceramics arts in Montana through shared resources, networking, open dialogue and advocacy. I believe that local community and support is one of the best ways to have a successful career in the arts, and a group such as this helps develop awareness of the crafts, education and community.
These websites are products of different teaching projects I have done over the years
This website is a detailed account of a summer class I taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art in Design in Halifax with Margaret Bohls. This site walks through different cultures historical pottery and the students learning through replicating the historical pottery.
Random Acts of Clay
This site is a collection of projects from my students when they got the assignment to “get ceramics our of the studio into the community, or get the community into the studio.” I have found that community based projects breed a great deal of self confidence and pride in the students, and educate our campus and community.
This is hands down, one of the best resources on line. Google is not a curator and ultimately is difficult to use unless you have pretty good sense of the larger field of ceramics. Ayumi’s links site is well organized, intelligent, with good humor and essential to anyone working today. Thank you Ayumi for your great service!
National Conference for the Education of Ceramics Arts (NCECA) is an annual gathering of thousands of people interesting in ceramics – whether be students, professional artist, gallery owners, suppliers, museums, educators and art centers – this is the place where we all come together. Many other traditional crafts in American have withered in the past twenty years. Ceramics remains strong do in large part to the vast reach of Ceramics Monthly (the largest single media publication in the world) as well as NCECA. NCECA has continually grown with the field, highlighting trends and traditions, displaying work of all variety and embracing artwork from all cultures. If NCECA doesn’t have something your looking for– PROPOSE IT – NCECA is all of ours. Year after year, it is continually made better by everyone’s input and involvement.
The brilliance of the Art Axsis website is that it is to “provide a peer-reviewed source of contemporary artwork in ceramics and sculpture. Utilized as a resource by instructors, students, gallerists, curators, the general public, and contemporary artists, Artaxis.org strives to promote and enrich the field, while functioning as a direct and unobtrusive conduit between viewer and artist.” The mission for Art Axsis is idealistic and inspiring. It host the most interesting ceramics being made today.
accessCeramics is a growing collection of images of contemporary ceramics by recognized artists. It is designed for use by artists, arts educators, scholars and the general public, and is intended to fill a void in contemporary ceramics digital image collections on the web.