Steve passed away suddenly yesterday morning of an apparent aneurysm. Becky asked me to let people know. Please let other friends know. Becky's dad and Steve's parents are with Becky and the girls. The loss is too big for anyone to fathom right now and Becky, Jesse and Austin are going to need all of our support. No plans for a funeral and/or memorial yet. I will post any details as they emerge. We have lost an incredible human being, friend, father, husband, son, brother, teacher, potter, mechanic, and sage. Hug your people. Life is unbelievably short and fragile. -Lesley — with Steve Lloyd.
We will be doing the 1000 EMPTY BOWL CHALLENGE. We will be making at least 1000 bowls for Empty Bowls in 8 hours and then they will be trimmed on the next day in 8 hours. We are not JUST trying to make the 1000 bowls but also help John Hartom switch over from cone 10 reduction to cone 6 reduction in an effort save energy and time.
Anyone who wants to help with this ambitious project to help the hungry in the region should contact John Britt at email@example.com and sign up for a time slot. ( Maybe one or two hour slots?) We have a limited number of wheels but can stagger people if you sign up in advance.
You don’t have to know how to throw to help. We will need people to prepare clay before the event (Wedging one pound balls- Friday, May 16 from 9:00 – 12:00 noon). And we will need people to carry boards of bowls outside to dry and bring them back in. We will also need people to “deform” the bowls with stamps and wooden tools to make various shapes. And finally we will need people to load the kiln on Sunday.
So if you want to help please sign up for this event so I can make up a schedule and also estimate participation so we can provide food for lunch. (We don’t want to have too much food and end up wasting food at an Empty Bowl event!)
This will be DIFFICULT for us to achieve but I believe it can be done if we get some help from the Clay Club. If everyone chips in a little and does what they can -I know we can do it and we can generate some energy for this growing problem in our community – the lack of food. It is a tragedy and we all get compassion fatigue but if we try to do it all in one weekend I think we can make a huge difference.
This should be a really fun and memorable event so let me know if you want to help! 828-467-5020
Many people are under the impression that Linda is deceased because they haven't seen her in while but ....that is not true. Linda is alive and well - for now anyway- so sign up for her workshop. You don't want to miss out on experiencing Linda McFarling's being. She is a wonderful teacher and potter and and ok person....eh... so so. But you will learn a lot from her personal instruction on FORM and SURFACE!!!
Pots with Sass! at Shakerag Workshops in Sewanee, Tennessee Session One: June 8 - 14, 2014 Course Description In this fun packed week we will explore various techniques that will enhance and add a little sassiness to your work. Techniques to be covered include faceting, fluting, darting, and much more. Come with a playful attitude and willingness to take chances. Bisque firing only.
The Ceramic Publications Company is seeking an Assistant Editor to contribute to our content-acquisition and editing efforts for Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, art books, and Ceramic Arts Daily.
This is a full-time position located in our Westerville, Ohio, office.
We're looking for someone with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary studio ceramic artists and processes.
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After eleven years of potting in North Carolina, I'll be saying goodbye this summer to pursue a Master of Fine Arts Degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. These years have been formative and rewarding and I owe many thanks to my community, friends and supporters. My experiences these eleven years have instilled a desire to delve deeper and seek a new challenge. The opportunity to expand my knowledge of my craft and push my artistic growth is one that I'm grateful and excited to have. So, I say goodbye for now, but not forever.
Before I depart, I hope you will visit the final craft show in which I'll be participating or consider taking a class with me. The 4th Annual Madison County Potters Market is just around the corner and after a hiatus, I'm looking forward to teaching a 5 week class at Odyssey. Plans for a final studio sale are in the works, so stayed tuned for details in the next month or so. Thank you all SO much for the support. I hope to see you and best wishes,
Watauga, Avery, Ashe, Wilkes, and Caldwell Counties
Tena Wenta, of Wenta Pottery, is working to establish a professional potters group in the High Country. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, April 17 from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Watauga County Library in Boone NC.
The first meeting will select a committee that will work to establish The High Country Potters. Tena's desire is to not only network with the Watauga County Arts Council, but with Ashe and Avery County Arts Councils, HandMade in America, the Chambers of Commerce, the High Country Visitor Center, the Northwest Visitor Center, and anyone else that will help bring a presence to the great number of potters living and working in these counties.
Please contact Tena at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
John Bryan Community Pottery is seeking applicants for a part-time Studio Director position.
The Director must have strong communication skills and the ability to organize and energize people in a cooperative environment. Computer literacy, effective financial and management ability are required. Experience in business as well as ceramics/pottery is valued. Kiln construction, firing techniques, and glaze formulation are some aspects of the studio the director is expected to facilitate. An average of 15-20 hours per week including some regular “office hours” is expected. Pay commensurate with studio’s annual income. The ability to mobilize and incorporate the help of staff, renters, friends of JBCP, and Board of Directors is integral to this position.
See attached info on our upcoming Visiting Artist Workshop this Spring with Steve Loucks and Lynnette Hesser. There are still spaces left for their Workshop. An exhibit of their work is on display from April 2-27, 2014 in the Vulcan gallery (1st floor) in our main bldg.. W-16.
Steve received his MFA in 1985 from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY and BFA in 1983 from the University of Illinois at Champaign / Urbana.
A studio potter and Professor of Art at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville Alabama. Steve has conducted numerous workshops which include Odyssey, Penland, Arrowmont, and the 92nd Street “Y” in NYC. Steve’s work is included in several public and private collections including the San Angelos Museum of Fine Arts, Texas, University of Florida, Tennessee State University, and the Greenwich House Pottery. Steve has also been awarded an Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Crafts and a Southern Arts Federation / National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Crafts as well as several awards in national juried competitions.
A resident of Alabama since 1987, Lynnette Hesser was awarded the Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Crafts grant for 2011. Currently, she is a full-time ceramic artist in the studio she shares with her husband, Steve Loucks, in Wellington, Alabama. She is published in a number of ceramic books, and exhibits nationwide. Lynnette received her Bachelor of Art from Denison University, Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Fine Art from the University of Florida with concentrations in ceramics, and Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Jacksonville State University. She has been an Adjunct Instructor of Art for Jacksonville State University and Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden, Anniston, and Oxford, Alabama. Lynnette has also taught in public and private schools as an art instructor and classroom teacher. She conducts workshops in clay and other art materials and techniques. Lynnette works on the committee for the annual Alabama Clay Conferences and has helped host the conference three times.