Teaching Workshops Article for SP


Before and after my Workshop Logistics article for CM came out last month, I heard from folks who wanted to know more about actually teaching workshops. In 2008, I wrote Thoughts from the Road: Learning to Teach Workshops for The Studio Potter journal, and they’ve recently made it available online. It was enjoyable for me to re-read after so many years, and reflect on what’s changed or is the same. Btw and per the article, I have now taught several No Fear Clay! workshops!

“A fear of trying is really a fear of failing.”

 

You can read the article here, and purchase this particular issue (Teaching & Learning, Vol. 36 No. 1, Winter/Spring 2008) here. I also contributed an article to an SP issue devoted to Starting Out (Vol. 33 No. 1 Winter/Sping 2004) which is available here.

I served on the Board of The Studio Potter for 3 years, and believe it offers a unique voice in the ceramics community, and found it paramount in my education as a young potter. For 47 years it was a print publication, and is now solely online. Peruse their site to learn more.

Workshop Logistics Article for CM

Read ALL about it! My novel* article for Ceramics Monthly highlighting actual contract standards for workshops with a spotlight on honorarium rates and inconsistencies by citing real numbers is HERE. I hope it will empower workshop presenters and become a resource for both ceramic artists and workshop venues (new & experienced) as well as inspire much needed conversation towards change and equity. Workshop participants will find it informative too and can help advocate for presenters. Please read, re-read, and share far & wide, especially with artists and institutions who could benefit from this information and/or don’t understand contract norms and fair honorariums.

Where to read: Article PDF,
Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.
CM Feb 2020 issue pp. 40-44, or CeramicsArtNetwork.org.

I spent big chunks of time working on this from May thru November in 2019 and could not have done it alone. Thank you to CM editor Jessica Knapp for inviting me to write about workshop logistics based on a personal FB rant, and for allowing me to veer off topic to pinpoint glaring issues in our field. Thank you to the CM team for agreeing to give me twice the word count when I realized it was quite necessary as well as being patient with my obstinate vision. Big thank yous to my clay friends, peers, and colleagues who candidly and thoughtfully answered my call for feedback and offered enthusiastic support for both me and what I aimed to write. And not at all lastly, thank you to my husband Trevor for reminding me to punch the thesis, enduring the ups and downs of this project, and being my constant cheerleader.

There is still so much more to say on this topic. Hopefully change will begin, others will take the baton, and the conversation will continue. Thank YOU for taking the time to read and share the article.

In 2008, I wrote Thoughts from the Road: Learning to Teach Workshops for The Studio Potter journal, which you can access here.

*Word choice courtesy a NYT article about women being less likely to praise their own work or emphasize its importance compared to men who are more likely to use the terms “unique,” “novel,” & “excellent.” So again, this article is an excellent MUST-READ!

Spin Me Round: A Ceramics Exhibition

Delighted to be a part of this exhibition that’s so close I could actually attend for a change! I even did a demo for students two weeks ago. If you are in the New England area, I highly recommend checking out this show as well as this fantastic gallery at Keene State College. There are two other concurrent exhibitions up as well.

The show features work by 14 excellent ceramic artists —some of whom I’ve known for 25 years!— representing a wide range of approaches to the potter’s wheel and thrown, functional ceramics.

Spin Me Round
October 17th – December 11th, 2019
Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene, NH

2nd Annual Studio Tour in Philly

I’m delighted to be returning as one of the participating potters for The Philadelphia Potters 2nd Annual Urban Studio Tour coming up soon! As you can see in the image above, the event is comprised of 15 fantastic potters at 3 nearby studio locations in Philly. We will all be present over the three days with lots of pots for sale. The Clay Studio will also be participating and has a couple pieces by each of us so you can see a sampling as well as mingle with the artists during our talks the Thurs eve prior. This is a must-attend event for any pottery lover in the mid-Atlantic!
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Most every bit of info you could need is provided in the image above: who, where, and contact details. You can also follow The Philadelphia Potters on Facebook here and Instagram here, as well as see a map and more images on their website here. Hope to see you!

Flower City Pottery Invitational 2017


I’m delighted to be back participating in the third annual Flower City Pottery Invitational happening this Friday eve – Sunday, October 13th – 15th at the Flower City Arts Center in Rochester, NY. The show and sale, curated by fellow potters Matt, Metz and Richard Aerni, features twenty-one potters from all over the country who will be in person with their tables full of pots. The two and half days also includes artist talks and demos which are listed on the schedule page. It’s going to be a spectacular event! Hope to see you!

Participating potters pictured from top left: Andrea Gill, Lorna Meaden, Steven Godfrey, Shoko Teruyama, Brian Jones*, Matt Repsher, Becky Lloyd, Mary BarringerMatthew Metz, Carolyn Dilcher-Stutz, Peter Pincus, Julie Crosby, Kristen Kieffer, Mark Shapiro, Mark Pharis, Dan Finnegan, Jenny Mendes, Adero Willard, Doug Peltzman, Matt Kelleher, & Richard Aerni. [*Brian Jones will be participating instead of Sanam Emami, pictured.]

PS: If you can’t attend but want to shop the show, you can do so VIRTUALLY! Email ceramicstudio@rochesterarts.org to set up your virtual shopping appointment and receive images of available work live from the event!

Brooklyn Pottery Invitational

I’m delighted to be on of 10 studio potters participating in this new 3 day event of sales, demos, and lectures! Important details below with the full schedule of demos to be announced, so please share and follow the event on Instagram and Facebook, as well as RSVP. All of us potters (listed below) will be there all three days with loads of pots on hand to peruse and purchase. Hope to see you!

Participating Potters:
Lois Aronow, NYC
Ryan Greenheck, PA
Brian Giniewski, PA
Hiroe Hanazono, PA
Bryan Hopkins, NY
Lynn Goodman, NYC
Kristen Kieffer, MA
Adero Willard, MA
Dustin Yager, NYC
Matthew Yanchuk, NYC
& Roberto Lugo on Friday night

Fri, Sept 8th, 5 – 9 PM
Sat, Sept 9th, 10 – 6
Sun, Sept 10th, 11 – 5

Old American Can Factory
232 3rd St, Brooklyn (Gowanus), Corner of 3rd & 3rd
Home to over 150 artists and small creative businesses since the late 70s.