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Ohio clay community.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Call to Entry

 All the information can be accessed by clicking on the link on the Art Gallery Homepage:   


Lakeland has one of the largest exhibition/gallery spaces in the county. I am so excited to see the artists and their creations. I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new (to me) and emerging artists.
In an attempt to "Go Green" and save money on sending out applications to a mailing list that is not artist based... I am emailing my contacts and artists the information  and asking them to "pass it on". The entry fees will fund the awards. The more artworks that are submitted= larger (and more) prizes.

I chose 2 other jurors, along with myself, to judge the artworks and award cash prizes and honorable mention certificates.
Marcia Hall is the Gallery Director for Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland. Area artists aspire to be included in Bonfoey's collection. Marcia has worked at Bonfoey's for over 30 years. ( Christy Gray is the Project Manager for the Red Dot Project and is also a fiber artist. ( I bring to the table over 30 years of Gallery experience: gallery manager Sylvia Ullman's American Crafts Gallery (the largest gallery collection between New York City and Chicago) in Cleveland, Owner,Creative Director and Exhibition Curator of The Gallery: Fine Art and Contemporary Crafts Gallery in Chagrin Falls, Assistant Director and Gallery Curator at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls before landing at Lakeland. I am also a fiber artist/textile designer. Together  we have accumulated over 80 years of experience.

Mary Urbas
Gallery Coordinator

Exhibition Curator
Lakeland Community College
7700 Clocktower Drive
Kirtland, Ohio 44094

Monday, March 29, 2010

live stream for pre nceca conference

This is the pre-nceca conference live stream from Montgomery County Community College.

next best thing to being there!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Soldner Clay Mixer for sale

Michael Costello who teaches at University School is looking to sell his/the schools clay mixer.

Soldner mixer 1.5HP
Will mix 150 pounds
I think new they are $3500

Contact Mike at

Friday, March 26, 2010

Leblond Opening Saturday

Hey Clevelanders, Did the snow scare you last night? Well, it’s all gone now so head out of your safe environment and see some shows!
Friday Opening
PAIRS - Environmental Art Show Standing Rock Cultural Arts, at 257 N Water St in Kent, open their 8th Annual Environmental Art Show--PAIRS--on Fri 3/26 from 7:30-10PM. Yeah, they have paintings by people from as far away as NYC, but check out "Sculpture and Poems from the Tree" by Jim Vandenboom, with poems provided by local elementary students. Runs though Sat 5/1 and in conjunction w/ their "Whos' Your Mama?" Earth Day & Env Film Fest on Sat 4/24
Saturday Opening
Cirque Imaginaire is about change. And change is good. This traveling art gallery and bazaar showcases work from artists all over NEO, w/ artists and location changing at every show. The Cirque Imaginaire Grand Opening Art Show & Bazaar kicks off on Sat 3/27 at 4PM. Browse work and listen to the tunes of 35+ artists and musicians. Support Cle artists and our local economy! @ Sachsenheim Hall, 7001 Denison Ave
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Alliance (GLASA)--a student group at CSU--invites you to their 2nd annual diversity art show on Sat 3/27 from 5-10PM. Party on down in Union Station and Bounce Nightclub, at 2814 Detroit Ave, and raise critically-needed funds for GLBT & Allied scholarships, which help undergrad, grad and law students. Expect fresh art from local artists, hip entertainers and a fabulous silent auction. Email Maya at for details.
Sunday Openings
This Saturday March 27th from 2-4 pm is the opening reception for New Work by NOC's own Andrea Leblond, also featuring Susan Skoczen and Petra Soesman. Opening Reception is at Gallery West on the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College. 2nd Floor Library 11000 Pleasant Valley Road Parma, OH 44130.
From Woman III Celebrate Women's History Month with an art show created by women, for women and about women featuring 22 artists working in a variety of media. You can view the exhibition, curated by Mary Urbas, from now 'til Fri 4/2 but the artist reception happens on Sun 3/28 from 2-5PM @ Fine Arts Gallery at Lakeland CC, 7700 Clocktower Dr in Kirtland. Lakeland faculty emeritus Sally Carr, Ph.D. will speak and the Mentor High School Concert Women will perform. Plus, at 4PM see the documentary Suely’s World, about a healthcare worker in a small Brazilian town.
Local Art + Local Food @ Dante Dante restaurant in Tremont is a huge supporter of local artists and local food. Proof: Dante is kicking off seasonal art shows, complemented by seasonal locally-sourced food, on Sun 3/28. From 6-8PM, view large scale photographs by NEO-native Dan Morgan. Call 216-274-1200 for tickets. @ 2247 Professor Ave
Monday Event
Design Revolution Road Show @ CIA Imagine a world where designers create products to benefit humankind rather than a corporation's bottom line. San Francisco design collective Project H is traveling across the nation in hopes of building that world. Their Spring 2010 Design Revolution Road Show promotes product design for social change: 25 schools, 6300 miles, 75 days, 1 mobile trailer exhibition 40 products to change the world. They visit Cle on Mon 3/29. Stop by the Cle Institute of Art's parking lot at 11141 East Blvd between 11AM and 5PM to view this inspiring 1-day exhibition. And come to a no-charge, public speech by project founder Emily Pilloton at 12:15PM in CIA’s Aitken Auditorium.
And they drive and Airstrem—or an Artstream—or wait didn’t we already do this in the clay world? I don’t think Christa Assad will be happy when she reads this blog.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mud Masters!

Mud Masters Symposium

July 17, 2010


Join us for this full day workshop with Ohio's finest ceramic artists...

Keynote Speaker: Don Pilcher
Lectures/Demonstrations by: Bill Brouillard, Jack Earl, Gail Russell 
Gallery Visit: Form, Function & Figure Exhibition
Don Pilcher studied with the greats in ceramics. He made a successful living for himself teaching and reached national acclaim as an artist. Then he chucked it all; eventually reinventing himself as the illustrious "Georgette Ore" and other unique marketing personas…and he/she’s been going strong ever since. Don will speak on his reinvented life and career. You won’t want to miss his humorous insights.
Bill Brouillard recently received the Cleveland Arts Prize Lifetime Achievement Award and he’s still got plenty of life to lead. His recent works reference traditions of Majolica work and palace art pots. “With humor, whimsy and machine age technology”, Bill injects familiar objects into the decorative/commemorative object. Join Bill in his journey with culture and technology.
Jack Earl has had a long and remarkable career. Inspired by early porcelain figures, Jack has developed this off-beat, humorous and narrative style of portraying figures from his adventures in rural Ohio. “I want my work to reflect life. The more of life the viewer can know and feel from viewing the piece, the more successful the piece is”. Learn more from a master.
Gail Russell established Peachblow Pottery in 1986 and has been working in porcelain for most of her 35 years in ceramics. Gail produces reduction fired, high temperature, functional porcelain wares that are influenced by Asian forms and glazes, and of course, the natural world of Ohio. Enjoy what Gail has to share.

July 17, 2010
8:30 – 9:00 Registration 
9:00 – 10:45 Lectures/Demonstrations by guest presenters: Bill Brouillard, Jack Earl and Gail Russell 
11:00 – 12:45 Lectures/Demonstrations
1:00 - Catered Lunch (vegetarian options available)
1:30 – 2:30 Keynote Speaker: Don Pilcher 
2:45 – 4:30 Lectures/Demonstrations 
4:30 – 5:30 Form, Function & Figure Exhibition – gallery visit and networking

Cost: $45 in advance, $55 at the door – Includes 3 lectures/demonstrations, keynote speaker, catered lunch, gallery visit and mug sale.
Space is limited , so register early!

Mug Sale 
Your opportunity to purchase a piece from the artists included in the Form, Figure & Function exhibit. All proceeds benefit CMA.
If you wish to pay by check, send to: 
Lynn Daverio
Canton Museum of Art, 
1001 Market Avenue N, Canton, OH 44702

Checks payable to Canton Museum of Art. Confirmations will be sent by email.
If you wish to pay by credit card, call the Canton Museum of Art at 330-453-7666 ext. 104 for Lynn.
Registrations will be accepted on a first come basis. No cancellation refunds unless requested in writing prior to June 17, 2010.
Mud Masters is sponsored by ArtsinStark

Todd and Stephanie Lecture at CIA- Andrea Leblond Opening

Stephanie and I will be giving a lecture of our work at CIA at 2pm tomorrow. Lecture will be on the main floor of the Gund Building in The Ohio Bell Auditorium. We'd love to see you there!

Also, This Saturday March 27th from 2-4 pm is the opening reception for New Work by NOC's own Andrea Leblond, also featuring Susan Skoczen and Petra Soesman. Opening Reception is at Gallery West on the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College. 2nd Floor Library 11000 Pleasant Valley Road PArma, OH 44130.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Classes offered

Bette Drake will be teaching a class at Clayworks Cooperative, starting April 8th for 8 weeks.
            Hours are 7-9pm,  and tuition is $135 which includes everything.  Register before Mar. 29th
            and receive a $5 discount.  Clayworks is located in the basement of the Coventry Library, at the
            intersection of Coventry and Euclid Hts. Blvd. in Cleveland Hts.  For questions call 216-371-4130.
            This class is all levels for adults and teens.  Web address is
            Mailing address is Clayworks Cooperative, 1925 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Hts., OH 44118.
            Classes meet once a week, but there is a 2-hr. open studio on Wednesdays.  
 Thanks!  Bette

Friday, March 19, 2010

Friday March 19th Openings

Friday Openings

Give Your hART to Haiti Score art from the best artists 'round town and help the people of Haiti on Fri 3/19. This silent auction will feature works by Hector Vega, Derek Hess and Kent Smith, Judy Brandon and other creative folk. Plus, treats from Lucky's Cafe and other hot spots and entertainment by Hot Carl and other amusing folk. Proceeds go to Save The Children for Haiti Victims. 6-10PM @ 78th St Studios, 1305 W 80th St. While you're there, explore the studios at their Third Friday installation.

Undomesticated @ Wall Eye Gallery Knitting, sewing, crocheting and other forms of crafting were once considered "women's work"--something all women needed to learn. Even though crafting isn't a necessity today (and is certainly not considered "women's work"), many ladies still find solace at the click of needles or seated at a sewing machine. In Undomesticated, several local women artists "honor this heritage through modern interpretations of necessity-driven set of skills as a means of artistic expression." The exhibit opens w/ an artist reception on Fri 3/19 from 6-11PM @ Wall Eye Gallery, 5304 Detroit Ave

Saturday Openings

The Ink Well/ Happy Hour @ Pop Shop Two shows opening at the Pop Shop/(art)ificial Gallery on Sat 3/20: The Ink Well features the work of dozens of local tattooists--on paper, not skin. Next door, Happy Hour showcases work by Patch Whisky, who creates a playful array of monsters and creatures enjoying the finer things in life--like happy hour. Both exhibits open 6-9PM @ 17020 Madison Ave in Lakewood.

Space Invaders 2010 SPACES Gallery asks, Have you ever visited a museum or gallery and found some of the work hard to grasp? Has a painting or piece of installation art ever approached you on the beach and kicked sand in your face, just to run off with your girlfriend? Space Invaders is an open critique of what you see. Hash out what's good--or what's confusing--about a piece of art. Invasions happen in museums all over Cle. SPACES is the site of the first invasion, happenin' on Sat 3/20 from 2-4PM.

Next Wednesday

Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition @ UA Sculpture doesn't have to be cumbersome. The 10th Int'l Shoebox Exhibition features works by 81 artists from over 14 countries who created work no larger than an ordinary shoebox. See the artists' various creative responses to such strict size restrictions when the exhibit opens on Wed 3/24 at 4:30PM. Stephen Litchfield, associate prof at KSU, will discuss the show at 6PM @ Myers School of Art at the Univ of Akron, 150 E Exchange St.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Nice to see........

I run through a number blogs each morning with my morning coffee and ran across this entry on the
plate a day blog:

Jenny Mendes

Friday, March 12, 2010

Studio space needed

A friend of mine, Sawsan Alhaddad, an artist and anesthesiologist, is trying to help an Iraqi artist who just immigrated to the US 3 months ago get started in Cleveland. Ahmed Gareeb paints, sculpts and does ceramics. He is in the process of learning English , has few financial resources and would like to share space so he can begin to do some work. Sawsan brought Ahmed to see the studio at CSU and introduce him to Dick Schneider. He would be eligible to take a class next fall. I was wondering whether you know of anyone who might have a work space that he might use. He lives on the Westside. An Iraqi architect Adil Altaei who is well settled and speaks good English and lives in the same area as Ahmed,  has been helping him also. Ahmed Gareeb's CV and images of his work are on the following website: 
If you know of any studio space or have any other suggestions please forward them to Sawsan Alhaddad [] and or to me.
Thanks in advance for any ideas.
Cheryl E. Weinstein

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Friday March. 12th Info

Friday Openings

Totems is an arrangement of new works by Paul Sydorenko. He creates "conceptual scenes that demonstrate the battle between the untamed and civilized; rural and inner-city" in this exhibit that "parodies the perils and conquests of mankind with innocence and simplicity." [Just check out his whimsical piece at left.] Then check out this cool exhibit opening on Fri 3/12 from 7-10PM @ William Rupnik Gallery, 1667 E 40th St, Unit 1A.

The War Within our Hearts The peeps at Doubting Thomas Gallery, 856 Jefferson Ave in Tremont, say that today "will see the beginning of a war on desire. You will be called upon to witness its truths." That's pretty powerful stuff, so you'd better check out this exhibition of contempo works by Dustin Nowlin [whose work is pictured at left], w/ guests Pamela Erdhart and Josh Lovullo, opening Fri 3/12 from 6-10PM. Runs through Fri 4/2. Call 216-269-8688 for details.

Tremont ArtWalk Sure, the ArtWalk is best in the summer when you can meander around lovely Tremont. But there's still so many cool offerings happening now, in March. On Fri 3/12, the Brandt Gallery hosts Phoebe Maire collages in my love for you is not defined by the things i do not tell you. Geode Gallery throws an opening reception for Eric Mull and his Tropical Architecture photos. And Visible Voice hosts Sharon E. Gregor signing her book, Rockefeller's Cleveland.

Asterisk Gallery Proudly Presents: "Referential – Homage, Montage, Sabotage" (Videos based on other artworks) curated by Cynthia Penter Opening Reception March 12, 6 - 11pm
Referential: Homage. Montage. Sabotage. will be an exhibition of video loops based on an original artwork from another medium. The show is being curated and organized by Cynthia Penter, a local media artist, with the assistance of Dana Depew, the gallery’s owner. “I asked a group of artists to make a short looping video about a master artwork or artist which they either love or hate. I wanted their response to the artwork and to see them transform the originating piece into the medium of video, displayed appropriately for a gallery experience. I wanted to see the 2D and 3D art brought to life.” The artists have been encouraged to treat the work with any approach they desire. The 30 artists invited to participate included students, former students, and friends of Penter, as well as video artists from other states. All were invited based on previous work and to share in what Penter hopes will be a fun and engaging art experience. show runs through April 3, 2010 hrs by appt 330-304-8528

Saturday Opening
Junk Mail and Advertisements Sandusky native Joshua Rex paints scenes filled w/ decay, neglect and advertisements. Also featured in his work: Caged beasts, heiresses, shipwrecks, food items, unknown persons, abandoned buildings, jars, U.S. Presidents and reclining chairs. He works w/ pre-existing subject matter to invoke an unconscious sense of loss. Check out his newest exhibit--Junk Mail and Advertisements--opening on Sat 3/13 from 6-10PM @ Low Life Gallery, 16001 Waterloo Rd. On display though Sun 3/28

Show at Pentagon Gallery

Pentagon Gallery in Cleveland Heights
Opening on March 13th 
It is entitled: Art Show 2010,Subjects of Emotion
The 3 featured artists are Sherri Koppel/pottery, Susan
Hood-Cogan/printmaking and Patricia Simmons/mixed media
The show will hang until may 15th

Sherri Koppel
Middle School Art Teacher
Don't be Ordinary........Be Extraordinary

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Kent Cup Show!

Took myself down to the Kent Cup Show today.  Great way to spend an afternoon.
Here are a few of the cups.  Hope they peak your interest enough to go support the KSU
Gallery at 141 East Main Street, Kent, Ohio  44240


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Fun trip through Penland coming up.

Penland has planned a special trip to London during the run of the British craft fair COLLECT. We hope you will join us!

We begin our time together on May 12 and have full days planned for May 12, 13, 14, and 15. We have VIP tours of the Victoria & Albert Museum with curators, visits to collector homes, a tour of the historic Goldsmiths Hall, special previews of COLLECT, and private openings at numerous artists' studios. We will cap our visit to London with dinner at Penland Trustee Sarah Elson and her husband Louis' home.
COLLECT baboon 
See the detailed itinerary at the end of this message.

PLEASE CONFIRM WITH US NO LATER THAN MARCH 24, 2010. We currently have reserved 15 double rooms at the Kensington Hilton Hotel and can accommodate up to 30 people on our tour.

Note: the reserved hotel rooms are doubles with twin beds. If you want to make adjustments, please discuss this with Susie Gross, see contact information below. Note the times on our itinerary when you are on your own. Air transportation is on your own.

Your cost will vary depending on your housing arrangements. Each participant on the tour will pay the fee that covers ground transportation for 4 days, 3 lunches, one evening meal, gifts to our hosts, and Penland's planning time.

How to pay-you MUST make two payments-one payment to Susie Gross at CWT Vacations + one payment to Penland. The payment to CWT Vacations covers hotel and bus costs for 3 days. The payment to Penland covers the day with the Renwick, meals, gifts, and Penland-related costs.

For hotel and ground transportation, provide Susie Gross with a credit card number for either $770 if you are staying in the Kensington Hilton Hotel and joining the tour or $195 if you have made your own housing arrangements but are joining the tour. The Kensington rate covers 5 nights, breakfasts, and taxes.

Send a check payable to Penland School of Crafts ATTN London trip or call me (ext 12), Mike Davis (ext 33), or my assistant Betsy Dewitt (ext 13) with a credit card for $765 per person which covers the day we spend with the Renwick Alliance, four meals, Collect tickets, host gifts, and Penland's expenses. $555 of the Penland amount is tax deductible.

I wish this didn't have to be so complicated, but it provides us with a great hotel and ground travel rate.

Summary Costs:
Penland check or credit card $765 per person + CWT Vacations credit card $770 (hotel and bus) or $195 (no hotel/bus only)

Susie's contact information is below. You may contact her to help with extending your hotel stay at this rate prior to May 11 or after May 15. You may want assistance with flights, transport to hotel from the airport, or other travel questions.

Susie Gross | Travel Advisor
CWT Vacations
tel:+1 (704) 552-9841 ext. 227 | tel:+1 (800) 523-6945  ext.227
fax: +1 (866) 914-3859
6115 Park South Drive Suite 300 | CharlotteNC 28210

Many thanks again to Sarah Elson, the British Crafts Council, and Susie Gross for these wonderful plans

Best wishes,

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sandy Miller at Juma

Reminder, scroll down to view Sandy Miller's opening at Juma gallery this Friday night, March 5th!

Friday March 5th info

Harris Stanton Gallery presents a fabulous silent auction of over 80 regional & international artists. A portion of the proceeds goes towards the Akron Art Museum. There is a $10 charge at the door on the closing night for the vodka tasting party & all of that money goes directly towards the museum. The proceeds this year will be used for the museums first multi- media video installation, Isaac Julien's "True North". The Akron Art Museum is one of Northeast Ohio's best
contemporary museums. Please come & help them raise money by attending
this event. Date Friday March 5th Time 5:30-8 pm. Location Harris Stanton Gallery, 2301 W. Market St. in Akron.

What is Good is Given Back Anthony Bartholomew has realized an art career high. Opening on Fri 3/5 at 6PM, he'll exhibit his newest prints alongside his former art professor, Noel Reifel, who's taught printmaking and drawing at Kent since '76. See a student and his teacher (now colleague) together in What is Good is Given Back at Zygote Press. Runs through Sat 4/3 @ 1410 E 30th St

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

10th Annual National Juried Cup Show at Kent

Downtown Gallery

Posted Feb, 12, 2010
The 10th Annual National Juried Cup Show will be on display March 5-27 at the School of Art's Downtown Gallery in downtown KentOhio. The juror, Dean Adams, is currently an Adjunct Faculty in Ceramics/Foundations at Montana State University. Mr. Adams exhibits nationally and internationally and has participated in many artists/ residencies, including the Archie Bray Foundation, The Banff Center and the Watershed Center for Ceramics. He is also a founding board member for the LH project onOregon.
There will be a reception on Friday, March 5 from 5 until 7 PM.
The National Juried Cup Show, now an annual event, has been promoted nationally for eight years. It was originally sponsored in part by the Kent State UniversitySchool of Art, Ceramics Department. The department, which has been an internationally-recognized program for many years has been and continues to be an integral part of the cup show and helps to maintain its integrity.
"At six weeks prior to the opening we had already gotten well over 100 entries with more expected," said Anderson Turner, director of galleries. "We've received submissions from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii - it really is amazing!"

The Downtown Gallery, located at 141 East Main Street in downtown KentOhio, is open Wednesday through Friday 12-5 PM and Saturday 10-4 PM.
For more information contact:
Anderson Turner, Director of Galleries

A few catch up workshops and conferences

Just in from a very quick trip to the south and found my mailbox full of interesting things going on in the clay world.

Here are a few:

Don't forget the up and coming Wooster Workshop,  April 15th - 17th.
Looks like Phyllis out did herself this year!
Bill VanGilder, Sylvie Granitelli, & Fong Choo.


NCECA 2010 pre-conference and post-conference happenings:


Theresa Yondo is now teaching classes out of her awesome studio in Russell.
Anyone looking for classes contact her!

And from Neil Patterson:

Greetings Pottery enthusiasts!

We are excited to present “Pots and Potters” a Pottery showcase during the NCECA conference in Philadelphia March 31 to April 3. We have invited six of the nations best known potters to exhibit a body of work at our studio. Come meet all eight potters and see hundreds of great pots!
We are walking distance from the convention center and hope to see you! See our web site for a more detailed map with an insiders guide to pottery attractions and restaurants in Philly.
We also have a few spaces left in our Pre-conference workshops. See our web site for details.
Best regards, Sandi and Neil

Neil Patterson and Sandi Pierantozzi
Neighborhood Potters
2034 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia PA 19130
215 236-1617