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.

New Kiln Gets Fired Up

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Kiln 3Kiln firing 1Kiln  2 On September 15, graduate students Jenna Gianna and Marcus Davis along with undergrad Janet Greer unloaded work they fired over the weekend in one of the Ceramics program’s newly constructed reduction kilns. This type of firing uses gas to achieve a beautifully varied surface. Jenna and Janet, leaders of the Ceramic Arts Fellowship, plan many more firings over the course of the semester. Interested in participating in or attending a firing or unloading? Meet them on Thursday evenings at 7 pm in Tatem Hall, Room 1 (basement level).

Alum/Adjunct finds it really IS a “good thing”

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Cameron PetkeBakedClay studio American Made AwardMartha Stewart knows a “good thing” when she sees it! Grad School MFA alumnus and adjunct Cameron Petke was recently nominated along with nearly 5000 other “makers” around the country for the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Award. The American Made program is a national platform to celebrate craftspeople working in their communities, and Cameron was even more recently selected as one of just 50 finalists in the ceramics category.

Help Cameron make the elite group of 10 winners to be featured in Martha Stewart magazine. Check out his artist profile on the American Made website and cast your vote for Baked Clay Studio. Also, take a look at his website to see what he’s up to in his studio when he’s not teaching at Hood, Loyola and Urbana High School.

Michaud’s Work at the Smithsonian

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2001.25.5 009Joyce Michaud, director of the Ceramics program at Hood, was recently honored by having five of her works selected by patrons and gifted to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Find details about the works and the patrons here.

Michaud is the founding director of the MFA and Graduate Certificate in Ceramics Arts programs and studio arts coordinator. She graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College with bachelor’s degrees in art and education, pursued her graduate degree in ceramics at Columbia Visual Arts College and completed her MFA in ceramics with a specialty in museum studies at The George Washington University


Ceramic Artist Finds “Sanctuary in Flight”

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Alter Humphrey ArtThe Whitaker Campus Center Gallery, Hood College, will feature the Finding Sanctuary in Flight exhibit August 8-23.  Artist Susan Alter-Humphrey has sculpted large, unglazed and high relief porcelain paperclay forms to imitate the attributes and patterns of flight.  The artist is an MFA candidate in the Graduate School’s Ceramics program and completed the Ceramics certificate program in 2010.  Learn more about the exhibit and the opening reception here.

Reception for All New Students: August 20

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All students who are new to the Hood Graduate School for the Fall 2014 semester are invited to an orientation on Wednesday, August 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The informal welcome reception, to be held at Whitaker Campus Center, will provide an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and fellow students.

The agenda includes a campus tour, introduction to the bookstore and Apple computer lab, a welcome from Graduate School Dean Dr. Maria Green Cowles, and dinner with the program directors. Get the complete agenda and then RSVP here 

Michaud Curates Ceramics Exhibition, Opens June 8

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Dan Finnegan “Vase with Four Handles” Wood-fired salt glazed stoneware

Dan Finnegan
“Vase with Four Handles”
Wood-fired salt-glazed stoneware

Joyce Michaud, director of the Graduate School’s Ceramic Arts program, recently helped curate an exhibit that showcases the work of 20 ceramic artists who have had a significant impact on the growth of the ceramic arts in this region and contributed to knowledge in the field.

“Pyro Protagonists: A Generation of Ceramic Artists” opens Sunday, June 8 with a reception 2:30-4 pm. and continues through September 14 in the Groh Gallery at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Get more information about the Ceramic Arts program at http://www.hood.edu/CeramicsMA/.


June is Ceramic Arts Month at Hood

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Janice Chassier Canada Goose-Obvara Firing

Janice Chassier
Canada Goose-Obvara Firing

A symposium featuring raku- and obvara-fired pottery, lectures and demonstrations starts June 5 at Hood College, with most events taking place in various rooms and the gallery at Whitaker Campus Center.

More than 30 artists from around the country contributed their work to the Contemporary Raku exhibit, June 5-29.  An opening reception for the exhibition is June 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Joyce Michaud, director of Hood’s graduate ceramic arts programs, will give a slide lecture entitled Raku: Traditional Japanese Aesthetics to Contemporary Expression June 7 at 3 p.m. She will also discuss the contemporary uses of the raku finishing technique June 14 at 4 p.m. Janice Chassier, who earned a master of arts degree in ceramic arts at Hood, will discuss the obvara firing technique June 13 at 6 p.m. Read more.