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Thursday: This day is about having conversations about all things clay. Highlighting organizations, places, residencies that offer space, foster and support growth, community, and individual makers. It is also about what artists are thinking about and how that is changing and developing in the studio. 


Use #clayconversation & #clayweek2021 for photo and video content shared on social media.

Want to be apart of Clay Week 2021?

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2020 Events


Red Clay Rambler Feature -

On the topic of thinking I have a 2014 interview featuring Kristen Kieffer, Michael Kline and Julia Galloway. The wide-ranging conversation looks at current trends of that era in ceramic design, the effect of the internet on the way we see design, the pressures on young artists to succeed, and dealing with the restless personality of the artist.

The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts

We will take you through a recorded tour of our studio in Skopelos, Greece. We have hosted artist residencies in ceramics since 2000.


Mudflat Studio

Monday- We will be posting a few different Mugshots of work fresh from the reduction kiln- made by our Mudflat Students

Tuesday- we will be sharing YouTube videos that explain the ways in which our tech staff work in the studio

Thursday- Our current artist-in-residence, G.V. Kelley, is going to post about recidencies.

Weekend- One of our studio artists, Arthur Halvorsen, is going to give a virtual studio tour


NCECA - Thursday: Conversations

Follow us on Instagram @NCECA and subscribe to our YouTube Channel #WatchNCECA for upcoming videos and lectures for #worldwideclay. For #clayweek2020 Thursday’s focus on conversations around clay we are excited to share:

NCECA | S.Portico Bowman | 2020 Clay Week
Paulus Berensohn: The Pebble Ritual
Paulus Berensohn (1933-2017), ceramic artist and author of the classic text Finding One’s Way With Clay, developed something called “The Pebble Ritual.” This presentation is about his potential solution for a technologically-connected world gone wild with grief over a lack of true relationships.


Shanna Fliegel

What: Clay as Conduit - Experience to Story

How: In the three-act structure of life we collectively endure joy, suffering, and resilience. I will show how visual symbols drawn, printed, and impressed into the surface of clay can record and demonstrate these narratives. The narratives are both universal and personal.

Overall idea:
Clay possesses the tender yet powerful ability to record marks, as it reflects touch, surface and impression instinctively. It is alive as earth, and provides a conduit between human narrative thinking and experience with visually represented communication. Recurring themes in my work include discovery through the consideration of how the natural environment and built world shape and define how we navigate life. Conceptually I swing from considering how heartbreak is felt through the impending and crushing imposition of humans on the planet, or the new epoch we live in, the Anthropocene, to the interior psyche/landscape of humanity and how we push through personal struggle, love and loss. The tug between survival and joy and progress I suppose.


The Color Network

We welcome you to join The Color Network  for a series of conversations this National Clay Week.
Each day  we will be hosting a Live stream on our Instagram account covering the topic for that day. 

Monday  6pm EST :  Salvador Jiménez-Flores in conversation with Raheleh T Filsoofi
Tuesday 6pm EST  : Natalia Arbelaez  studio visit
Wednesday 7pm EST: April Felipe in conversation with Ling Chun
Thursday 6pm EST : Adam Chau in conversation with Shoji Satake 


The Clay Studio

Thursday - Lunch & Learn with George Rodriguez. George will discuss his new solo show at The Clay Studio, La Flor, El Nicho, y sus Memorias, for which he created an altar in our niche Bonovitz Gallery. The immersive tile and sculpture installation will be on virtual tour as we talk about personal interactions during this strange time.
Join us at Noon (Eastern) on Thursday, October 8 at


Mark Errol

10:00 EST

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.



12:00 EST

Artaxis will have recorded interviews/artist talks go live at Noon, EST each day. I will

Monday: Donté Hayes
Tuesday: Yuki Ando and Shigariki Ceramics Cultural Park
Wednesday: Ngozi-Omeje Ezema
Thursday: Mac McCusker
Friday: Raheleh Filsoofi


Studio Arts Boulder

13:00 EST

Thursday, Aaron Winston - Director of Studio Arts Boulder's Pottery Lab we will be giving a virtual tour of the Pottery Lab facility. This interview will be focused on ways we've adapted and maintained serving our community during the pandemic.


Stephanie Wilhelm

14:00 EST

I'm a current long term artist in residence at Red Lodge Clay Center. I would like to highlight the residency here, my work, and the conversations, questions, and goals I have had regarding educational resources in our field. I have begun to create instructional videos and teaching resources for educators in ceramics and provide these for free on my website. Through these resources I am hoping to provide better quality information/instruction for teachers and to students.

This can be spread out through several days or condensed into one day. I would love any suggestions or feedback you may have. Please see attached document.


Green Task Force

14:00 EST

Green Task Force Open Forum

This is an opportunity to meet current members of the task force and discuss issues of sustainability and environmental stewardship within the field of ceramics.
Zoom Meeting ID: 982 2781 9154
Passcode: 270629
Thurs. 10/8 @ 11am PST


Ray Chen

15:00 EST

I sincerely welcome everyone to join my lecture : Cultural Influence: From Traditional Expression to Modern Context - Post-Ceramics Concept

The 21st century of modernism and post modernism with the idea of the contemporary is characterized by pluralism. Art expression through the material-clay connects cultural influences from the traditional to the contemporary. Critical thinking must be continuing to be developed. Mixed influences, concepts and impacts, have been reaching around the global with the broadest and most positive definition of visual art in ceramics to exposes the symbolic, philosophical vision and aesthetic force to a post-ceramics concept.

Also please share your experience and thoughts with everyone. This season will be a great thinking and sharing learning experience for all of us. Looking forward to meet you all.


Medalta Residency Program

15:00 EST

Current resident artists at Medalta will be presenting brief talks about the inspiration behind their work. There will be an opportunity to engage with the artists as well and ask questions. Residency staff will also be a part of the event to answer questions about the program, facilities and the application process.

Register for the event here:


Northern Clay Center Artist Grants and MN NICE Info Session

15:30 EST

Are you a ceramic artist interested in grants, residencies, and continuing education opportunities? Join us for a live interactive info session learning about NCC’s wide range of opportunities for artists at any stage of their career, from emerging artist residencies and grants; to mid-career McKnight grants and residencies; to MN NICE, our ceramic artist advancement and professional development program. Stay for the Q&A and a tour of our facilities. Join the Zoom meeting here, or tune into Facebook live at 2:30 pm CT.


University of Oklahoma

16:00 EST

The University of Oklahoma will be hosting Joanna Powell for a two day workshop. Both days Joanna will be demonstrating how she creates her hand built forms and vessels. She will be live on Zoom Tuesday, 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm and Wednesday 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm. She will also be giving a lecture on her work Thursday Oct. 8th at 3pm.

Please contact Jamie Bates Slone @ for Zoom links.


Justin Behm

17:30 EST

I'm the long-term resident artist at a private academy in the Midwest! Join me on TikTok while I discuss the concepts behind my work and the thought processes that drive my making. As we think about what we're making and why I'll host a little contest with the jury taking place on Thursday, October 8th. Make a piece out of clay, tell me what it means, and use the hashtags #thoughtfulthursday and #clayweek2020.

I can't wait to see what you make!


Dane Hodges and David Swenson

18:30 EST

Dane Hodges and David Swenson sit down and discuss their process, inspirations, and transformations leading to current portfolios. A couple MN potters chatting with rather different styles about their craft. Join them on Instagram live Thursday Oct. 8th at 6:30 pm. through Dane or David’s Instagram account.


PJ Anderson - When Covid Meets Clay in Grad School

19:00 EST

Register now! Amazing @clayweek event with the one and only @pjandersonceramics! We at Make and Do Ceramics are so exited to meet up with PJ Anderson to chat about art, life, covid, craft and grad school!

Pj Anderson is an artist of Caribbean/Métis heritage from Thompson, Manitoba, Canada. She has shown internationally, as Resident Artist at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, China as a finalist in the International Ceramic Magazine Editors Associations (ICMEA) emerging artist competition, the United States and across Canada. She is currently a Graduate candidate at the University of Manitoba and teaches ceramics at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.


VOTE! Exhibition and Related Events at Northern Clay Center

19:00 EST

Join NCC for a LIVE remote artist and curator-led paneI in conjunction with our most recent exhibition, VOTE!, an exhibition that rethinks the role that a gallery traditionally serves by acting as a site for voter registration, information, and more, and showcases artists who engage with questions of politics, citizenry, and activism. Observe a panel discussion on Thursday, October 8 at 6pm CT moderated by VOTE! curator David East, as he raises questions about art in our changing environment and the role of civic engagement. The aim of the panel is to further explore the context in which these works operate, within the artist’s life, within the exhibition, and how they work together. Participating in this discussion will be exhibition artists Amber Ginsburg, Kris Grey, Ann Agee, and Ryan W. Kelly. The panel will take your questions to create the opportunity for dialogue and exchange. To directly join the live presentation, follow this link at 6 pm CT or tune in LIVE on our Facebook Page.

Before you observe the panel, view the VOTE! exhibition through our online virtual 3D tour. Step into digital space, and travel around each piece, zooming in to see details. Follow the link below to view the virtual exhibition.



22:00 EST

Join Pottery Northwest resident artists, Granite Calimpong and Ryana Lawson, as they discuss their work, inspiration, and their time at Pottery Northwest.

Oct 8,2020 7pm PCT

Check out previous years here.
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