The Month in Clay – August 2008

“Dead Weight” by Becky Bogard is on view at the Oats Park Arts Center in Fallon, Nevada.

It’s hard to believe that it is already the end of July and time for the August 2008 Month in Clay feature. Summer will be over before we know it so make sure you get out there and see some clay! As usual we’ve gathered a smattering of exhibitions and events below from various places around the globe to give you a snapshot of what’s happening out there. Even if you can’t visit the exhibitions, you can see the exciting creations potters and ceramic artists are coming up with from British Columbia, Canada, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to down under in New South Wales, Australia!



If you’d like to see more of what is going on in the clay world, don’t forget about Ceramics Monthly magazine, which features exhibition coverage, exhibition reviews by noted art critics and lots of images of ceramic art. And, of course, the Ceramics Monthly Calendar can fill you in on other events not covered in Upfront such as art fairs and festivals, and workshops and conferences.



“Currents, Contemporary California Clay” is on display through August 24 at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai, California. The artists featured are Mary Barnhill, Scott Chatenever, Joe Cramer, Steve Davis, Dora De Larios, Joan Dent, Nina Kellogg, Tom McMillin, Jeff Netzer, Kevin Nguyen, Charles Sherman, Carol Sils, Linda Smith, Vincent Suez (shown at left), Karl Tani, Kathy Waggoner, Nina De Creeft Ward, Ira Winarsky, Fred Yokel, Karl Yost, Scott B. Young. The center will also be featuring a series of new limited edition posthumous works created in Beatrice Wood’s studio, using her molds, glazes and kilns. Sales of these small works will support the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts.


If you can’t make it to Ojai, check out the exhibition online at



“Miss Handled,” the solo MFA thesis exhibition of ceramic artist Kati Fishbein, will be on display at Three Rivers Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Fishbein is a graduate student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania studying ceramics and reproductive media. The show focuses on human relationships to kitsch objects through the use of ceramic sculpture, slip-casting, and video. “Never Again, shown at left is a detail of an installation piece comprised of more than 800 two-inch-tall slipcast lambs glazed in oxblood red to cone 9. They are displayed in a meandering flock, sometimes splitting from each other or huddling together around puddles and other oddities that are part of the space in which they are installed.


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The temporary Gallery of Casa Gòtica of Argentona (Barcelona, Spain) will show the work of thirteen of the best contemporary ceramists of France from August 3-31. The exhibition is held in conjunction with the International Pottery Fair of Argentona, which takes place August 3-6. Featured in the exhibition are Martin Barnsdale, Serge Cousseran, Philippe Dubuc, Xavier Duroselle, Pascal Geoffroy, Charles Hair, Armel Hede, Didier Hoft, Rene Le DenMat, Sylviane Perret (shown at right), Vincent Potier, Patrick Rollet, and Jean Pierre Thomas.


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The 2008 Kelowna Clay Festival takes place August 8-12 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The festival includes demonstrations and workshops by visiting ceramic artists from across North America and Great Britain, including Tony Clennel, James Hibbert, Jim Robison, Lorel Sternig, Paul Wandless (shown at left). A free Community Day will be held on Sunday August 10 and includes demonstrations on wheel throwing, handbuilding and raku firing, plus competitions for throwing the tallest pot blindfolded and pulling the longest handle (prizes will be awarded to winners!).


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The National Teapot Show VII is on display through September 7 at Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmoor, North Carolina. The exhibition features more than 200 teapots in a variety of media including clay, glass, wood, metal, fiber and mixed media, by more than 160 American craftspeople. The teapots range from traditional and contemporary, functional and conceptual, whimsical and serious…. and all teapots are for sale!


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“Twilight,” a solo exhibition of new work by Becky Bogard, is on view through August 24 at E.L. Wiegand Gallery, Oats Park Art Center ( in Fallon, Nevada.


“I find myself increasingly nostalgic,” said Bogard. “I long for warm summer nights, the feel of grass under my bare feet and sleeping under the stars. Twilight is a magical time of day that signifies things are about to change. It turns night into day and day into night. It is both the beginning and the end. As if in a dream, the lines of reality become blurred. As sleep overtakes me, interior becomes exterior and exterior becomes interior. ‘Twilight’ is a place where I lost my love and faith, but gained renewed passion and abundance in conviction.”


“Willow Land,” an exhibition of new ceramic work by Gerry Wedd, will be on display August 13-September 7 at the Helen Stephens Gallery in Waverly, New South Wales, Australia. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, August 13, starting at 6 p.m.


To see more work by Gerry Wedd, visit



Wesleyan Potters in Middletown, Connecticut, will host “Sectional Throwing for Maximal Effect,” a workshop with Richard Aerni, from August 18-22. Tuition is $490 (plus materials fee). Richard will teach ways to develop extreme forms and large-scale works using plaster and bisqueware bases for sectional work on the wheel. Methods of working in this manner will be demonstrated, and participants will then design and create their own forms using this approach. Plaster working techniques and bisqueware forms will be demonstrated as well. Aspects of glazing and decorating large and complex forms will be discussed, with a focus on spray glazing. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas for design and construction as well as a selection of bisqueware to glaze during the workshop.


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