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Hood Faculty and Alums “Making Good”

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Two members of the Hood community – Jacklyn Scott and Kristin Müller – are among four co-authors of a forthcoming book- “Making Good: An Inspirational Guide to Being an Artist Craftsman”. The book will be released on April 28th.

Jacklyn is completing her degree in the MFA in Ceramic Arts program and also works as Hood’s studio arts manager while Kristin is a Hood alumna (MFA, 2008) and adjunct faculty in Ceramic Arts.  Their co-authors are Tommy Simpson and Stuart Kestenbaum.

The book is a collection of interviews with forty one artists accompanied by more than 260 photos showing the artists, their work spaces, and their creations. According to Jacklyn, one of the authors’ main goals was that “the book serve as a primer for inspiration to motivate young, middle aged and senior individuals who may be looking for guidance and ways to respond to their inner voice, to take risks and take action with their artistic practice.”

The full text of our chat with Jacklyn is below.

How did you get the idea to do a collection of interviews instead of a full-length book?

We wanted to feature the stories of various artists in different craft-mediums to cover a wide range of experiences. Someone who grew up knowing they were going to be an artist will have a very different experience than someone who went to school to be a doctor and then changed directions mid-career to become an artist. We wanted to represent as many of these instances to make sure the book is relatable. The concept of the book is simple, to present forty one makers/artists who have pursued their passion of making art and making a living with illustrations and personal narrative about how they have made their way in the art world.  We prompted the featured artists to address specific opportunities and challenges that have shaped their careers asking them to specify pivotal moments, influential people and opportunities that spurred them on.

What goals did you have for this guide when you set out to write it and did you achieve them?

Our hope is that the book will serve as a primer for inspiration to motivate young, to middle aged and senior individuals who may be looking for guidance and ways to respond to their inner voice, to take risks and take action with their artistic practice. The book is visually engaging, a sort of window into the lives of makers, their practice and the interesting ways in which their creative practice takes form and reaches others.

How did you meet your co-authors?

Kristin Muller is my mother and I met Tommy Simpson when I was very young and he was collaborating with my mother in the clay studio. Now, we are colleagues in the art world. He is a force of nature, moving through various media including clay, rugs, wood, and printmaking.

What key message did you set out to pass across by writing this book?

We hope that our readers will find inspiration to set forth on their own creative journeys and to take risks in their own practices.

How long did it take and how were you able to balance this alongside work and other commitments?

I am working towards my MFA in Ceramic Arts, but thankfully the program is mostly weekend intensive. So after work, if I wasn’t in the clay studio, I was camped out at Starbucks over-caffeinating myself. I also drove home 8 hours every weekend so Kristin and I could meet with artists to interview them, or have conference calls with those that were further away.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

The hardest part of the writing the book was trying to capture the spirit of the artist in a few succinct paragraphs. Some of the artists gave us hours of content, and others we needed to probe a bit more for the interesting tidbits of their history and process.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Gosh, I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to talk to these forty one artists who have so much wisdom and charisma!

Any memorable moments while writing the book?

I met so many talented artists in the process.

Who are your target audience?

Our target audience are those who are just beginning their careers in art, looking to transition into being an artist mid-career, artists who need a push.

Any plans for a sequel?

Not yet… but we have talked about putting together an exhibition of work from the artists involved in the book.
Click to order Making Good: An Inspirational Guide to Being an Artist Craftsman on Amazon.com

Hood College MFA graduate designs Kentucky Governor’s Commemorative Award

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Recipients of the 2016 Kentucky Governor’s Awards in the Arts, the state’s highest arts honors, will each receive a handmade platter created by Kentucky Crafted artist Matthew Gaddie of Bardstown. Gaddie said “I am grateful to be connected to continuing Kentucky’s cultural traditions and proud to be a practicing craftsman in our Commonwealth.”

Gaddie, who completed his Master of Fine Arts in Studio Ceramics at Hood in 2016, owns and operates The Meadows Pottery on his 315-acre family farm in Nelson County, approximately 60 miles west of Lexington.  He has been a full-time studio ceramic artist since 2007 and was an adjunct professor of art at St. Catharine College in Springfield from 2007 until its recent closing. In 2003, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Evansville. He earned his Hood degree by making the 10-hour commute several times each year.

“In a time of mass produced uniformity, my ultimate goal is to create works that are unique, each piece having faithfully recorded its own tale of creation, of struggle, of success, of failure, of imperfection and of hope. A human tale told in clay and preserved through fire,” Gaddie said. “I am deeply honored to be a part of this award ceremony. I am grateful to be connected to continuing Kentucky’s cultural traditions and proud to be a practicing craftsman in our Commonwealth.”

The Governor’s Awards in the Arts are coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council and honor those who have made significant contributions and achievements in the arts throughout the Commonwealth. Each year, the arts council commissions an artist to create a piece of original artwork to be presented to the recipients during the awards ceremony.

The 2016 Governor’s Awards in the Arts were presented on Friday, Oct. 21st, 2016. For more information about the awards ceremony, visit Governor’s Awards in the Arts

MFA Candidate recognized by CCSA

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Bre-Kathman-11-15-edited-150x150Bre Kathman, an alumna of Hood’s Master of Arts in Ceramic Arts program was honored with three awards at the 2016 Contemporary Ceramics Studio Association (CCSA) National convention, held September 9-12 in Charleston, South Carolina. Bre won awards for-

  1. Best Individual Support
  2. Best Individual Educational Instructor
  3. Best Individual Industry Contributor

In addition, Bre was also voted to the Supplier seat on the CCSA Board of Directors for a 2 year term.

Bre is a traditional potter by trade and she currently works as an Education Specialist at Chesapeake Ceramics where she gets to spend a lot of time with schools and teachers.

Ceramic Arts Students Visit Prominent Collector’s Home

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Members of the Graduate School’s Ceramic ARTS 564 Aesthetics and Criticism class recently visited the home of noted collector Robert Buchanan to view his collection of ceramic arts.

The visit allowed students to see these outstanding pieces, such as the Ruth Duckworth wall sculpture seen in the photo, up close in a home setting. They had the opportunity to talk with the collector about the art work and the artists who created them.

Bob, a third-generation commercial builder/developer based in Montgomery County, MD, shares with his wife Sharon a deep appreciation for art and artists. Their private collection, which they often exhibit in public galleries, includes ceramics, prints, sculpture and paintings by artists of local and international renown. Each of Buchanan Partners’ commercial real estate projects have featured commissioned art as an integral component of their development.

Workshop: Learn How to Photograph Ceramics

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Photograph ceramics croppedHood’s ceramic arts program director, Joyce Michaud, will teach the aesthetic and composition considerations of photographing ceramic art at a workshop Feb. 19-21, 2016. The one-credit, hands-on weekend session will involve students in developing personal portfolios and slide libraries of individual works and images.

The fee is $185. Non-tuition students may register at www.secure.hood.edu/ceramics. For information about the Graduate Schools master’s, fine arts and certificate programs in ceramic arts, visit www.hood.edu/graduate.

 

2016 MA Candidate Honored by CCSA

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Bre Kathman 11-15  editedAfter finishing her Ceramic Arts Certificate requirements, Bre Kathman returned to Hood Graduate School to pursue her MA. She has just passed her comps and is excited to be graduating in May 2016. Bre says she chose Hood for her graduate studies because in addition to the art of ceramics, the program enabled her “to learn the science behind how clay worked.”

In September the Iowa native received the 2015 Best Individual Support Award from CCSA (Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association) in recognition of superb support and technical knowledge in  clay, glaze, glass and canvas painting. Bre is an education specialist with Chesapeake Ceramics, an international company that supplies bisque and other ceramics supplies to businesses around the world. In her role there, she travels around the country teaching ceramic and glass classes to other companies and also instructs teachers in clay and glass best practices.

MFA Alum Advocates for Ceramics Education

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Denise Joyal, Hood MFA ’14, recently advocated eloquently in favor of keeping the ceramic arts program at Grinnell College. Letters to the college from Denise and other artists like her no doubt influenced Grinnell’s ultimate decision not to remove the program from the curriculum. Facebook members may read Denise’s post on the NCECA post here

Denise, who also holds a certificate in ceramic arts from the Hood Graduate School, is in her ninth year teaching ceramic arts at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. She also teaches at the Frederick Clay Studio in Frederick, MD, and owns Kiln Joy Ceramics.

 

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.