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Thursday, November 29, 6-8 pm

The Clay Studio's Limited Edition Ornament by Lauren Mabry

Lauren Mabry was selected to create The Clay Studio's inaugural Limited Edition Ornament this year. We will raise a glass to celebrate these beautiful, one-of-a-kind works of art and Lauren will discuss her unique approach to adding color and line to her ceramic artwork.

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Sunday, Sept 16 10am-12pm & 12pm-2pm

Family Tea Party & Discussion

Join us for a family friendly tea party to celebrate the exhibition “Just Right: Kids Sized Cups and Bowls.” Each child will make a ceramic ‘tea cookie’ ornament. Families will get to drink and eat yummy treats from beautiful handmade, kid appropriate pottery, and attendants will receive 15% off any purchase from the exhibition. This will be followed by "Parents in the Arts," a discussion accompanying the exhibition "Weighty Concerns: Both Artist and Mother," where parents in the arts can share their stories, concerns, dilemmas and joys of dealing with both aspects of their lives. Children are welcome!

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First Friday, September 7, 6-7pm & Saturday, September 22, 3-5

Andrew Snyder: Upon Reflection

View Andrew Snyder's process of wheel throwing in the gallery. The flow of making, however it evolves, is also about endurance and meditation. This series exemplifies production workmanship; despite all of the bowls being the “same,” they are all different. Become part of the meditation as a viewer of the repetition and skill.

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Friday, August 10 at Goggleworks in Reading PA

Unconstrained Craft: A Symposium on Artist Residencies

Residencies are conceivably the most defined narrative regarding artists working without conventional constraints to their creativity. The most respected programs comprise, in many ways, the broader story of artists, concepts, processes, and trends in various studio craft and art movements across decades. Sponsored by the John and Robin Horn Foundation, Unconstrained Craft: A Symposium on Artist Residencies will converge artists and industry leaders who have designed, developed, participated in, or shaped prominent residency programs around the world. From 5:30-7:00pm, a keynote address and panel discussion will center on dialogue about the role and efficacy of residencies in shaping various art fields. featuring Albert LeCoff, Emeritus Executive Director, The Center for Art in Wood Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director, The Center for Art in Wood Jennifer Martin, Executive Director, The Clay Studio Bill May, Executive Director, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Levi Landis, Executive Director, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts with artists Amy Forsyth, Michael Brolly, and Clay Studio Resident Artist Roberta Massuch Free admission and parking. Light refreshments and cash bar provided by Belly Kitchen and Drinkery. Concurrently on view at Goggleworks is the exhibition Permanent Residency, featuring work by current and former Resident Artists at The Clay Studio, Arrowmont, and The Center for Art in Wood.

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Saturday, July 21, 2-4pm

Opening Reception & Demonstration

Garden (Feast) of Paradise will highlight the work of 6 ceramic artists inspired by the art of the Islamic world. Ibrahim Said, Anat Shiftan, Julia Galloway, Dominique Ellis, Sanam Amami, Sarah Heitmeyer. Several of the artists will be present to discuss their work and do demonstrations.

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Wednesday, June 27, 6-8pm

Gregg Moore: Chef & Potter

Moore will discuss his partnership with chef Dan Barber. They are exploring how plates and bowls can cradle the experience of eating, carry the weight of ingredients, bridge the story of the cuisine. Flavor is to food as beauty is to the plate. How can the partnership between chef and potter deepen? How deep are the commonalities between ceramics and cooking? These questions and motivations drive Moore to explore the relationship between agriculture, food, and ceramics and drive his research into historical, scientific, aesthetic, and collaborative discovery.

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thursday | april 5 | 6 - 8 pm

Artist Talk: Brad Johnson

Join us for an evening with Brad Johnson, who will talk about his work and what inspires him, along with sharing memories of his time as a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio. Enjoy light refreshments, a Q and A, and seeing his latest works in our gallery.

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March 8, 2018 | 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Brown Bag Talk | The Teabowl: East & West

Bonnie Kemske, former Guest Artist, will be at The Clay Studio to give a lunchtime talk about her new book, The Teabowl: East & West. The book looks at the context of the iconic teabowl form as it arose in chanoyu, or Japanese tea ceremony, its changes throughout Japanese ceramics history, and how 20th and 21st century studio ceramicists have appropriated the form, bringing it into the cultural world of Europe and the Americas. It explores the mystique of the teabowl and the concepts that have contributed to the teabowl aesthetic, such as wabi and the influence of Zen Buddhism. Kemske will also talk about the techniques that have shaped it, such as wood-firing, raku, and kintsugi (traditional ‘gold’ repair), and the influence that non-traditional and global techniques have brought to bear on the teabowl, such as salt-glazing, contemporary graphic decoration, California raku, humor, and subversion. The book developed out of the author's personal experience as a potter, writer, and student of chanoyu. It is a result of a long-standing interest in teabowls, which was deepened by gaining a PhD in ceramics from the Royal College of Art, three years as Editor of the international magazine Ceramic Review, the publication of many feature articles, reviews, and academic papers, and curating an exhibition of contemporary teabowls at the Embassy of Japan in London.

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February 24, 2018 | 3 - 5 pm

Pink Talk: QandA with Sarah Archer and Glenn Adamson

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February 24, 2018 | 1:30 - 3:30 pm

3D Digital Printing with Clay

Tyler Schradnt, ceramic graduate student at Tyler School of Art, will demonstrate his 3D printer, which prints out clay forms. Join us and watch a clay vessel grow before your eyes, while learning about this relatively new technology, its uses, and its implications for ceramic makers and artists. FREE and open to the public.

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