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.

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.