“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.


June 16 Open House for Prospective Students

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The Graduate School at Hood College will hold two open house sessions for prospective students on Tuesday, June 16. The informal gatherings, both with the same agenda, are set for noon until 1 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m., at the Whitaker Campus Center on Hood’s campus.

Attendees will have the opportunity talk casually with faculty and staff about their professional aspirations and learn about Hood’s 18 master’s and 12 certificate programs. Areas of study include arts and humanities, biomedical and environmental sciences, business, counseling and care, computer science and information technology and education.

New for fall 2015 are: a Master’s program in Counseling with a Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling specialty; and certificates in Bioinformatics, Accounting, Financial Management and Organizational Management.

Open house attendees are encouraged to bring their résumés and transcripts and apply for on-the-spot admission.

Interested individuals may RSVP online at www.hood.edu/Graduate-School/Forms/Graduate-School-Open-House.html, or by contacting the Graduate School office at 301-696-3600 or gofurther@hood.edu. Walk-ins are welcome.

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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Undercurrents CA crop

“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.


Renowned Potter Coll Minogue: Visiting Artist Lecturer April 8

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coll minogueRenowned potter Coll Minogue will be on the Hood College campus Wednesday, April 8 to present “Women Woodfire Studio Potters and Ceramic Artists — the Pioneers in the 20th Century.”  The lecture, free and open to the public, will be held at the Hodson Annex Ceramic Center, Room 143, 7-9 p.m.

A professional potter since 1982, Coll has taught ceramics at third level, working in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Her articles have been published in ceramics journals including Ceramics Art and Perception, Ceramics Technical, Pottery in Australia and Ceramic Review. Her first book, Impressed and Incised Ceramics, was published in 1996 by A & C Black, with the second edition published in 2002 and a German edition in 2004. In 2008, The Crowood Press published her book Slab-built Ceramics.

In 2001, Coll co-curated the exhibition ‘Impressed and Incised Ceramics’ at Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland. During the 3rd World Ceramic Biennale 2005 Korea, she was one of 14 participants in the International Workshop on wood-fired kilns held at the Joseon Royal Kiln Museum in Gwangju. In 2007, Coll participated in the 2nd Foshan International Woodfire Conference, China.

Contact Jacklyn Scott for more information, 301-696-3456. 


Berneburg Published in Ceramics Monthly

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Berneburg articlePhilip Berneburg answers the perplexing question “Why do glazes crawl?” in his article recently published in the highly respected magazine Ceramics Monthly.

Berneburg, who teaches Clay and Glaze Chemistry classes in Hood’s Ceramic Arts graduate program, not only defines the cause and effect of crawling; he offers recommendations for preventing it. The article appears in good company, alongside tips and techniques from other world-class potters and artists.

Berneburg is a ceramic engineer and studio potter. He earned a master’s degree in mineralogy and crystallography from Harvard University and has been teaching pottery for more than 15 years.


Help Build a Hybrid Kiln!

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Kiln firing 1Hood’s Ceramics Program has just completed the first firing in one of the three kilns built this summer and is now ready to build another! The newest addition will be a small, hybrid cross-draft, gas and wood kiln that will introduce soda. Soda firing is widely considered a modern-day nontoxic replacement for salt firing.

The kiln-building experience is an exciting opportunity for ceramics students to explore different methods of firing, a vital step in the creative process.  Join the construction crew on October 16-18 and 23-25, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Register here or call 301-696-3456.