Michigan Mud 2015 was held at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn. The event featured Same Chung as Keynote speaker and demonstrations, presentations and lectures by Jeff Blanford, Kelly and Kyle Phelps, Laura VanCamp, Matt McGovern, Tylor Lotz, Missy McCormick, Henry Chrisman, Marie Murray, David Ellison, Alex Thullen, John Click and others.
Michigan Ceramics is one of the few U.S. exhibitions of its caliber operated entirely by artists. This Biennial exhibition and competition showcases the excellence of ceramic art and its diversity across the state of Michigan and neighboring states. Entrance is open to all residents of Michigan and all MCAA members, regardless of state of residence.
MCAA Michigan Ceramics 2014 ran from October 17 – December 31, 2014 at the Saginaw Art Museum in Saginaw, Michigan. The reception and awards for exhibiting artists took place on October 17th. On October 18th, a workshop with the juror, Andrea Gill was held. The show then moved from the Saginaw Art Museum to the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, Michigan, from January 25 – May 17, 2015.
SAGINAW ART MUSEUM
The Saginaw Art Museum held a workshop and competition with our Juror, internationally recognized ceramic artist and educator, Andrea Gill, from Alfred University.
“My work investigates a visually complex experience that can act as a focus for contemplation and meditation: the object as mediator between seeing and feeling. The goal is to connect the emotional, visceral and retinal with a moment of peace, perhaps even joy.”
Andrea Gill is a Professor of Ceramic Art at Alfred University’s School of Art and Design since 1984. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tiffany Foundation, Gill’s work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute and many private collections. She is a Fellow of the American Crafts Council, and a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. Gill is represented by the Harvey Meadows Gallery in Aspen, CO.
The Saginaw Art Museum gathers both contemporary and classic art in a brick-clad Gregorian Revival mansion that itself is a historical treasure. Originally designed in 1903 by Charles Adams Platt as the Ring family home, the building’s exquisite interior includes dark butternut wood paneling and decorative moldings. Filling the rooms is the museum’s permanent collection of paintings, prints, textiles, and sculptures from American, European, and Asian artists; African artifacts and masks; Native American art; and American and Mexican folk art.
Saginaw Art Museum
1126 North Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, Michigan 48602
Every two years ceramic artists, students, educators and enthusiasts gather from across the state and beyond the state borders to enjoy two days of lectures, demonstrations, panel discussions and exhibitions offered by the Michigan Ceramic Art Association. This year’s conference was hosted by Delta College, located just off I-75 between the Tri-Cities of Bay City, Saginaw and Midland.
There was a Cup/Mug sale to benefit student scholarship, Vendor tables which included Rovin Ceramics, and the MI Student Exhibition, Presenters Exhibition, and a Silent Auction.
Michigan Ceramics 2012 ran from October 12th to November 9th in The Robinson Gallery at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham Michigan. The reception and awards for exhibiting artists took place October 12th from 6 to 8 pm.
An all day workshop demonstration with John Glick was held on October 20th, 9am to 4pm. John Glick demonstrated wheel oriented pots with an emphasis on surface detailing using his newly developed tools. A demo of hand-built pieces with approaches to surface detailing was included.
- Maintaining a vigorous approach to studio practice, respecting ones ideas and making the resulting work a celebration of discovery and play.
- The yearly residency process and business matters as it relates to the digital realm and survival in the present arts culture.
Glick’s well-planned demonstrations were delivered with seasoned humor, honesty and hopefully encouragement to all who came to listen and reflect. His vessels were on view and available for sale to the members of the workshop.
The exhibition showcased the work submitted for the competition. Awards were given in each of the following categories:
- Juror’s Choice Award $300: Steve Hansen “New Pink Body”
- The Williams Family Fund Award – Vessel $500: Tom Phardel “Twin Peaks”
- Emerging Artist Award $500: Monica Wison “Low Density”
- Functional Award $500: Alex Thullen “Covered Jar”
- Sculpture Award $500: Greg Stahley “Black Gold”
- Student Award $500: Alex Smith “Marble Faceted Teapot”
- Carol Socks-Parker“Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”
- Charles Dean“Three Talons”
- Elizabeth Youngblood“Idea of Reticular”
- Jeremy Brooks“Born in a Barn”
- Marcia Polenberg“William Morris”
- Mark Chatterley“Multidimensional Memories Exposed”
- Paul Young“Wood-fired Bottle-Vase”
- Rachel Gervais“Progressing Onwards”
- Susanne Stephenson“Night Garden Cage”
Juror: John Glick
Michigan Mudis a conference offered every 2 years by the Michigan Ceramic Art Association. This year’s conference included demonstrations and lectures by many Michigan ceramic artists. Our featured keynote speaker was Robert Piepenburg
Over 200 clay enthusiasts attended the Conference co-sponsored by Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Visit the Gallery One Presenters Exhibition at WCC through October 28, 2011.
Professional clay artists, hobbyists, ceramic department faculty and students from schools throughout Michigan all enjoyed the two days of clay presentations and lectures, and gave the conference rave reviews.