Making & Using

Monday: We will kick off the week WELCOMING EVERYONE, sitting down with a favorite mug and talking, sharing, about that mug and maker and the week to come. This is a day to celebrate what we are making in the studio and what we are using in the home, all things clay.


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Please submit your idea by October 2nd, 2020.

The sooner you submit your event the sooner we can promote the event! 


Red Clay Rambler Feature -

On the topic of using handmade ceramics I have a 2013 interview with Sarah Jaeger. Known for her highly decorated porcelain pottery she has maintained a studio in Helena, MT since 1987. Before becoming a potter Sarah studied literature and this early influence is reflected in her eloquent writing about the hand made. "Despite the material abundance of our culture, it seems to me that we have been impoverished by the disjunction of beauty and handwork from utility that accompanied the industrial revolution and the hourly wage. When time became a commodity, it no longer made sense to make mere dishes by hand, and yet, as the jeweler and writer Bruce Metcalf has said, "handwork makes meaning, not just physical things." In the interview we talk about the human desire to create meaning through hand made objects, as well as her love of pattern and volume, and the early days when she would skip class to spend more time in the clay studio.

Andrew Clark

I will be posting a process video of making a coffee mug.

My work uses a stamping technique to build layers on the surface of pots. I use bisque stamps and carved wood stamps to alter the clay when it is still soft. This technique along with implied line and color make the pot seem to have multiple layers. Inspiration for this idea comes from looking at schematic cutaway drawings that open up machinery to show the different layers.

---I'm not sure if you need anything else from me. Let me know if you do. I will plan to post at 2 pm est.

Dane Hodges

Dane Hodges sits down with a couple of his go to, favorite mugs to discusses their aesthetics, the makers and the impact utilizing hand made objects has on his daily rituals. Join him on Monday Oct. 5 at 6:30 pm on Instagram live through his page.

G.V. Kelley

Monday, 10/5

I will introduce myself on Instagram and talk about the week to come. I will then kick off the week by talking about my favorite mugs!

Tuesday, 10/6

I will post a sped-up video on Instagram of yours truly sculpting a small scaled creature. Emphasis will be given to texture and using stamps to make scales. I will also pay lip service to the role of DIY stamps and texture tools in my work!

Wednesday, 10/7

I will post on Instagram about 2-3 individuals in the ceramic field that are uplifting the work and voices of queer and BIPOC ceramic artists through various means.

Thursday, 10/8

I will post on Instagram to discuss the incredible and supportive residencies I have been lucky to participate in, including Pentaculum, the LUX Center for the Arts, and Mudflat Studios. I will also discuss Ori Gallery in Portland, Oregon, an art gallery centering the work of queer BIPOC artists.

Friday-Sunday, 10/9-11

I will promote a sale of my work on Instagram. 10%+ of the proceeds will be donated to a TBD organization/charity. I will also provide a link to an artist talk I did through the LUX Center for the Arts with a slide show of my work, concepts, and inspiration.

Mark Errol

Monday - Mugshot Monday at home, talking about why certain mugs are in our collection and how they are part of my morning ritual.

Thursday - I will be talking about what places, people and things have been the forces behind my passion for clay and how I find inspiration through other formats besides clay.

Tiffany Leach / Jacksonville Unversity

Myself, colleagues (and maybe students) will make a short video discussing our favorite mugs (or other functional items) and why.

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