Ceramics Club Hosts Ceramic Art Workshop, Traveling Exhibit & Ceramic Library Social Outreach Project

Ceramic artwork by Lorna Meaden.

Ceramic artwork by Lorna Meaden.

Montgomery County Community College Ceramics Club will be hosting a two-day workshop March 30 and 31, featuring three nationally renowned artist potters–Julia Galloway, Lorna Meaden and Tara Wilson—and a traveling exhibition, Artstream Nomadic Gallery, and the Artstream Ceramic Library outreach project at Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. The workshop, exhibition and outreach project are free, and the community is invited to attend and participate.

The workshop, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the Science Center Theater. Each artist potter will be doing demonstrations throughout the two-day event. Visitors are welcome to stop by and observe. As in previous years, the conference will be livestreamed and can be viewed at mc3.edu/component/content/article/215-areas-of-study/arts-humanities/art/8874-ceramic-art-ws.

Ceramic artwork by Tara Wilson.

Ceramic artwork by Tara Wilson.

“We offer this bi-annual event to our students, as well as the community, to expose them a variety of talented, respected artists who will share their potter techniques and skills through these free demonstrations,” said MCCC Assistant Professor of Art/Ceramics Michael Connelly, who coordinates the demonstrations. “This year, we decided to expand the event by including the Artstream Nomadic Gallery and Artstream Ceramic Library.”

The Artstream Nomadic Gallery is a travelling ceramic exhibition that is actually housed in a 1967 Airstream trailer, which will be parked in MCCC’s quadrangle in the middle of campus, March 30 and 31. With a home base in Carbondale, Colorado, the traveling exhibit has been in more than 150 locations across the country during the past 14 years. The 2015 Spring Tour, “Art for the Table,” features the artwork of 26 nationally recognized and emerging studio potters and includes a wide-range of styles, aesthetics and techniques found in contemporary ceramics. For more information about the gallery, visit art-stream.com.

Ceramic artwork by Julia Galloway.

Ceramic artwork by Julia Galloway.

An extension of the Artstream Nomadic Gallery, the Artstream Ceramic Library is a social outreach project. The project’s mission is to connect contemporary functional ceramics with a variety of people. The Ceramic Library loans out unique handmade ceramic cups created by 13 well-known artists. Borrowers agree to use the cups in some type of artistic manner—music, video, visual art—and then to photographs of the cups in use and share them with the Ceramic Library. The Artstream Ceramic Library will be at MCCC’s Brendlinger Library, College Hall, from April 1- 30. For more information about this creative, art-in-movement project, visit art-stream.com/library/what.

About the Artist Potters

Artist Julia Galloway is a utilitarian potter and professor, and is currently the Director of the School of Art and Professor at the University of Montana, Missoula. She creates pottery of porcelain clay, and likes pottery that is “joyous.” Born and raised in Boston, she did her graduate studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder; her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at New York State College of Art & Design at Alfred University; and studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, as well as Massachusetts College of Art. She has exhibited across the country, and her work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, Long Beach Art Museum, The Huntington Museum of Art, Archie Bray Foundation, The Clay Art Center and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Artist Lorna Meaden’s artwork involves soda-fired porcelain. Her work, as she describes in her artist statement, “begins with the consideration of function, and the goal is for the form and surface of the pots to be interdependent.” She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Fort Lewis College in 1994, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University in 2005. She did residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation and Anderson Ranch Arts Center following graduate school. She has been a studio potter for several years in Durango, Colorado.

Artist Tara Wilson is a studio artist living in Montana City, Montana. She has given lectures and workshops throughout the United States and her wood-fired utilitarian work has been exhibited internationally. Tara set up her studio in Montana City in 2008 after finishing residencies at The Archie Bray Foundation and Red Lodge Clay Center. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from the University of Florida.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Art/Ceramics Michael Connelly at mconnelly@mc3.edu.

~ by Diane VanDyke

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