Ceramics

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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Stephanie Massey

Ceramics - Kathie Grove 2

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.

 

Workshop on East Asian Coil Techniques

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Instructor: Joyce Michaud

Instructor: Joyce Michaud

Joyce Michaud, director of the MFA and Graduate Certificate in Ceramic Arts programs, will instruct a workshop on May 30-31 on East Asian coil techniques. Students will learn coil making and building and the advanced techniques of coil riveting, ribbing, bridging, boating and bracing for large and/or sculptural forms in clay.

Individuals who are not enrolled in Hood’s graduate or undergraduate program make take the two-day workshop as a non-credit program. Register through the “register” tab at www.hood.edu/ceramics; the fee is $185.  For tuition students, registration is at www.secure.hood.edu/ceramics. For details, call 301-696-3525.

 

 

Kentucky Arts Council Commissions MFA Student

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by Matt Gaddie

by Matt Gaddie

Matthew Gaddie, who will complete his MFA in ceramics from Hood College in spring 2016, has been commissioned by the Kentucky Arts Council to design and create the 2016 Governor’s Awards in the Arts. The Governor’s Awards are the Commonwealth’s most prestigious arts awards honoring Kentucky individuals, businesses and organizations that make significant contributions to the arts in the state.  

The commission was awarded based on a series of large ceramic platters Matthew  created in 2014. Each of the 10 new pieces will have an individual color palette, but will reflect the unique aesthetic for which the artist has become nationally recognized. The wood fired platters will reflect quiet moments of time on the rural landscapes of Kentucky.

Chassier Published in Prestigious Journal

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Gosling, Obvara Technique by Janice Chassier

Gosling, Obvara Technique
by Janice Chassier

The May issue of the prestigious Ceramic Arts and Perception Technical journal features an article by 2014 M.A. graduate and ceramic artist Janice Chassier. Titled “Obvara,”  the article explores the eponymous Eastern European firing technique that originated in the Baltic Region. The pottery style is known for multiple rounded patches of earth tones like ochre, brown and black that resemble eyes.

Janice concludes the article by stating, “There is magic in the eyes of Obvara; it has special powers. Artists around the world are using this ancient technique in new ways to ignite their personal statements.” As shown in the photo here, Janice uses the process in her distinctive waterfowl creations.

 

Gianni and Davis Exhibiting at Hood

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Jenna Gianni, Artist

Jenna Gianni, Artist

Marcus Davis, Artist

Marcus Davis, Artist

Two students in the ceramic arts program at Hood College Graduate School are exhibiting their work at the Whitaker Campus Center May 15-30. Opening receptions for both ceramic arts are May 17, 3-5 p.m., with artist talks at 3:30 p.m.

Jenna Gianni’s show, “Layers of Change,” features work that is both functional and sculptural.  As she continues to grow as an artist, Jenna finds inspiration in her frequent travels, love of art history, and an appreciation for the beauty and elegance of nature. Jenna is currently pursuing an M.A. in Ceramic Arts at Hood College in Frederick, MD, where she also works as Graduate Studio Technician and Gallery Assistant. In addition to her work at Hood, she is a member of the Potters’ Guild of Frederick where her work is on display year round.

Marcus Davis explores separation and loneliness in his “What is Hidden” exhibit. The child of artistic parents, Marcus was immersed in the arts and craftsmanship from an early age.     When Marcus was in his early teens he lost both parents. In searching for a sense of identity, he discovered a family history with the Quakers and a relationship to the the 18th century Quaker slipware potters in North Carolina’s Piedmont area. This story inspired him to pursue his work as a ceramic artist.  Currently Marcus is a MFA candidate at Hood.

20th Century American Ceramic Art Lecture, April 17

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“Scarab Vase” by Adelaide Robineau

Cameron Petke, ceramic artist and teacher with an MFA in Ceramics from Hood College (’09), will discuss the historical influences of 20th century American ceramic art (1900-1945)  at Hood College on Friday, April 17.

Petke’s presentation is part of Hood’s “Undercurrents of Expression” Ceramic Art History Lecture Series, which he directs. The series explores great art and artists in the context of the Industrial Revolution, the Arts and Crafts movement, World War II and other global undercurrents that drove American studio ceramics. The series hosts curators, archaeologists and art historians from the Smithsonian, the Walters Museum, and some of the area’s top universities. Petke

The April 17 lecture will be held at Hodson Science Center, Room 131, 7 – 9 pm. Admission is $5.  For more information about the lecture, contact Lisa York, york@hood.edu. Hood is located at 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD.