Tea Bowl Carving Workshop Oct. 8-11

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Tea bowls by Kristin Muller

Tea bowls by Kristin Muller

Experienced potters and collectors interested in Japanese Tea Ceremony will enjoy making summer and winter tea bowls with faculty member Kristin Muller during this three-day workshop, Oct. 8-11, 2015.

Topics include the aesthetic principles of tea, the differences between the seasonal bowl forms, clay bodies and glazes. Students will work on forming winter tea bowls.

This is a graduate-level course. The fee is $300; participants may earn two graduate credits. Non-tuition students may register at https://secure.hood.edu/ceramics/. Learn more about Hood’s Ceramic Arts programs at www.hood.edu/graduate.

Muller Joint Project Featured in American Craft Magazine

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SOFA exhibit.
Photo by Jeremy Witteveen.

Kristin Muller is one of a team of five craft school directors who have launched the Craft School Experience, a campaign designed to promote the educational benefits of craft schools. The campaign was featured in the August/September issue of American Craft Magazine.

In addition to directing Peters Valley School of Craft in New Jersey, Kristin is currently an adjunct instructor at Hood College Graduate School, where she earned a certificate in Ceramic Arts in 2012.

The 2014 Craft School Experience exhibition at SOFA Chicago showcased the work of artists who have participated in programs at two or more of the member craft schools; the exhibit is shown at left.

Visual Artist Sokso Exhibiting at Hood College

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Print by Jillian Sokso

Jillian Sokso, a visual artist and print maker who lives and works in Northwest Oregon, will exhibit recent work at the Whitaker Gallery at Hood College September 10-October 15, 2015.  The show is entitled In the Shadow of the Mountain: Recent Prints Inspired by the Pacific Northwest.  The public is invited to enjoy the exhibit, housed in Whitaker Campus Center, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily and to attend a reception and talk Thursday, Sept. 17, 5:30-7 p.m.

Jillian studied printmaking at Moore College of Art and Design and the University of Delaware. She teaches print and drawing media in the Department of Art and Design at George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon. Jillian describes her work as “a visual extension of thoughts; part personal archive, part printmaking evangelism,” and she is “influenced by biographical history, her immediate surroundings of the Willamette Valley and pondering connections between humankind and the natural world.” Learn more about the artist at her website.


Gaddie Wins Sculpture Commission

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Gaddie CA 2“I feel so prepared to face the world as a professional artist because of the many things I have learned at Hood College.” That’s what Matthew Gaddie emailed Ceramic Arts program director Joyce Michaud just after he landed a commission from the historic Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Matthew has an M.A. in Ceramic Arts and is currently working toward his MFA from Hood.

He tells his most recent professional victory story like this: “Yesterday, with last minute notice, I was asked to meet with Four Roses Distillery about a wall project. I quickly put together a slide presentation, a bio, an artist statement, a few letters of recommendations and press release…. all items already on hand because of Hood. I went into a meeting room confident in my work and my presentation, and BOOM, I landed a huge commission for next year. I will be making a series of seven sculptures to go into their visitors center. The pieces will be used to educate the public about the processes involved in producing bourbon (a topic already close to my heart).”

Learn more about Matthew and his art at The Meadows Pottery.

Director of Galleries Featured at Northern Clay Center

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Soda-fired colander by Lisa York

Soda-fired colander by Lisa York

Lisa York, adjunct instructor and gallery director at Hood College, was a featured artist at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis this summer. Invited to submit 40 pieces, Lisa was one of just six recent college graduates nominated for the exhibition by instructors in college ceramic programs in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

Lisa, who is from the Washington, D.C. area, completed her graduate studies at University of North Dakota and her Master Certificate at Hood College. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, Russia, Hungary and China. Her ceramic pieces are currently included in the Plain Arts Museum collection in Fargo, North Dorth Dakota. She has completed residencies at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China and the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary.

Learn more about Lisa, and discover Hood’s ceramic arts MFA, MA and certificate programs.

Glaze Application Workshop Coming August 15-16

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Joyce Michaud

Joyce Michaud

Joyce Michaud, professor of Art and director of the MFA and Graduate Certificate programs in Ceramic Art at Hood, will teach a workshop in glaze application August 15-16.

The two-day session is a study of basic and advance information and techniques for successful glazing of the ceramic form. Students will learn to analyze the bisque form to make appropriate finishing choices to balance or strengthen the composition. In addition, Dr. Michaud will present techniques that facilitate the glazing process and discuss procedures to achieve consistent results.

Non-tuition students can register by visiting www.secure.hood.edu/ceramics. Degree students should contact the Ceramic Arts department at 301-696-3526. The fee is $185 and students who successfully complete the workshop will earn one graduate credit.


Alter-Humphrey Receives Outstanding Student Award

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Hood’s Ceramic Arts faculty selected Susan Alter-Humphrey, who received her MFA in Ceramic Arts in September 2014, for the 2015 Crespi-Hobby Outstanding Ceramic Arts Student Award.

Susan Alter-Humphrey with adjunct instructor Phil Berneberg and Hood President Ron Volpe.

Susan Alter-Humphrey with adjunct instructor Phil Berneberg and Hood President Ron Volpe.

The faculty based their recommendation on several commendable characteristics that contributed not only to to her success in the Ceramic Arts program, but which will be particularly important for her continued post-graduation success.

Adjunct instructor Phil Berneberg says, “Despite a number of serious challenges in her personal life over a period of several years, she persisted in her efforts to continue her graduate studies until she had successfully completed the program….She constantly demonstrated a sincere desire to learn and improve herself, and, as a result, she accomplished a significant positive evolution in her artistic skills, resulting in a good exposition of her thesis concept and a cohesive body of work for a very successful thesis exhibition.”  Susan’s MFA research was titled “Finding Sanctuary Through Flight.”


Ceramics Shows Open June 26

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Kathie Grove

Ceramic artists Kathie Grove and Stephanie Massey will display their work at shows opening June 26 and closing July 12 at the Whitaker Gallery at Hood College, Frederick, MD.

Kathie’s show is entitled Connections. Her opening reception is Saturday, June 27 5-7 p.m.; her gallery talk is at 5:30 p.m. The reception for Stephanie’s show, Strong & Determined, is also on Saturday, June 27, 5-7 p.m.

For more information about Hood’s M.A., M.F.A. and Certificate programs in ceramics, visit www.hood.edu/CeramicsMA/.


Throwing Large Forms Subject of July Workshop

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Student Matthew Gaddie puts finishing touches on a vessel made at a recent Kevin Crowe workshop.

Student Matthew Gaddie at a recent Kevin Crowe workshop.

Kevin Crowe, owner and potter at Tye River Pottery in Nelson County, VA, will visit the Hood campus July 6-11 to teach a workshop on throwing large forms. Students will develop alternative methods to throw and center large pots. A focus will be on gaining the more elastic understanding of the relationship between the object and the space it occupies necessary to throw large forms.

Crowe is widely known for producing wood-fired functional stoneware with strong Asian and English roots. His work ranges from 4-inch tea bowls to 48-inch vases.

The workshop fee is $485  for non-tuition students, who may register at www.secure.hood.edu/ceramics. Ceramic Arts degree and certificate students should call 301-663-3131 for enrollment information.

“Cause and Effect” Subject of Delphia Exhibit

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Joseph Delphia is a featured guest artist exhibiting his functional wood-fired pottery at Hood College June 5 through June 20, 2015. His ceramic art will be on display at the Whitaker Commons Gallery at Whitaker Campus Center; gallery hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Artist: Joseph Delphia

Artist: Joseph Delphia

The opening reception is Saturday, June 6, 5-7 p.m., with an artist talk at 5:30 p.m.

Delphia, who creates pottery that he fires with fellow artists and students in a small anagama kiln, graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he studied art education, ceramics, and sculpture. After receiving his BFA and BS, he moved to Pittsburgh, PA where he began to teach for various organizations in the city including the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. In 2008 he joined the faculty at the Community College of Allegheny County, where he teaches studio art courses, including ceramics and sculpture. He is also part of the Cooperative Clay Studio at the Union Project, a non-profit arts and community organization.