Michaud’s Work at the Smithsonian

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2001.25.5 009Joyce Michaud, director of the Ceramics program at Hood, was recently honored by having five of her works selected by patrons and gifted to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Find details about the works and the patrons here.

Michaud is the founding director of the MFA and Graduate Certificate in Ceramics Arts programs and studio arts coordinator. She graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College with bachelor’s degrees in art and education, pursued her graduate degree in ceramics at Columbia Visual Arts College and completed her MFA in ceramics with a specialty in museum studies at The George Washington University


Ceramic Artist Finds “Sanctuary in Flight”

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Alter Humphrey ArtThe Whitaker Campus Center Gallery, Hood College, will feature the Finding Sanctuary in Flight exhibit August 8-23.  Artist Susan Alter-Humphrey has sculpted large, unglazed and high relief porcelain paperclay forms to imitate the attributes and patterns of flight.  The artist is an MFA candidate in the Graduate School’s Ceramics program and completed the Ceramics certificate program in 2010.  Learn more about the exhibit and the opening reception here.

Reception for All New Students: August 20

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All students who are new to the Hood Graduate School for the Fall 2014 semester are invited to an orientation on Wednesday, August 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The informal welcome reception, to be held at Whitaker Campus Center, will provide an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and fellow students.

The agenda includes a campus tour, introduction to the bookstore and Apple computer lab, a welcome from Graduate School Dean Dr. Maria Green Cowles, and dinner with the program directors. Get the complete agenda and then RSVP here 

Michaud Curates Ceramics Exhibition, Opens June 8

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Dan Finnegan “Vase with Four Handles” Wood-fired salt glazed stoneware

Dan Finnegan
“Vase with Four Handles”
Wood-fired salt-glazed stoneware

Joyce Michaud, director of the Graduate School’s Ceramic Arts program, recently helped curate an exhibit that showcases the work of 20 ceramic artists who have had a significant impact on the growth of the ceramic arts in this region and contributed to knowledge in the field.

“Pyro Protagonists: A Generation of Ceramic Artists” opens Sunday, June 8 with a reception 2:30-4 pm. and continues through September 14 in the Groh Gallery at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Get more information about the Ceramic Arts program at http://www.hood.edu/CeramicsMA/.


June is Ceramic Arts Month at Hood

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Janice Chassier Canada Goose-Obvara Firing

Janice Chassier
Canada Goose-Obvara Firing

A symposium featuring raku- and obvara-fired pottery, lectures and demonstrations starts June 5 at Hood College, with most events taking place in various rooms and the gallery at Whitaker Campus Center.

More than 30 artists from around the country contributed their work to the Contemporary Raku exhibit, June 5-29.  An opening reception for the exhibition is June 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Joyce Michaud, director of Hood’s graduate ceramic arts programs, will give a slide lecture entitled Raku: Traditional Japanese Aesthetics to Contemporary Expression June 7 at 3 p.m. She will also discuss the contemporary uses of the raku finishing technique June 14 at 4 p.m. Janice Chassier, who earned a master of arts degree in ceramic arts at Hood, will discuss the obvara firing technique June 13 at 6 p.m. Read more.

Ceramics Symposium Set for Alumni Weekend

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Hood College alumni attending Reunion Weekend, June 6-8, will have an opportunity to see ceramic art in the making. Joyce Michaud, associate professor of art and director of the ceramics program, will discuss the history of raku, and faculty member Brett Thomas will demonstrate the creation of bisque-fired pottery for raku or obvera firing.  An exhibition and auction of work created in the Ceramic Arts program will follow.

Five New Kilns Coming Soon

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The first of five new kilns to serve Hood’s Ceramics Arts program will be finished by the end of April. A second will be completed by participants in a kiln-building workshop in June, with the remainder to follow through spring 2015.

The variously sized reduction, atmospheric, pit fire, and raku kilns are part of a five-year plan to augment the program. They will be housed in a new building constructed specifically for that purpose.