MICHIGAN MUD 2019

Michigan Mud 2019 is brought to you in collaboration with the Michigan Ceramic Art Association (MCAA) and Oakland Community College. This day-long conference will be held on the campus of Oakland Community College Auburn Hills. This biennial event is open to the public and features the nationally renowned artist – Julia Galloway. Also offered will be demonstrations and lectures by regional ceramic artists, a student show, vendor tables and the opportunity to network with the state’s vibrant ceramics community.

Featured Keynote Speaker:

Julia Galloway

Saturday, October 19th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Presentations and Demonstrations presented by:

Julia Galloway
David Velez Felix
Ebi Baralaye
Lane Kaufmann
Emily LoPresto
Travis Erxleben
Jessika Edgar

 

Lecture by

Paul Kotula

Associate Professor of Ceramics at Michigan State University, will present an art lecture on the John A. Sinker, Jr. Ceramics Teaching Collection

Michigan Mud Presenters Exhibition Opening and Artist Reception

The Michigan Mud Presenters Exhibition and Artists Reception will be co-hosted and curated by the MCAA and the Holding House. This evening event will be held at the Holding House, an artist-run workspace in Core City, Detroit, that offers equitable art access to the community through multi-disciplinary, inter-cultural art experiences and exhibitions.

3546 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Anyone registering after Wednesday 10/16 will need to bring their own lunch. We have already ordered the box lunches from the caterer.

Early Bird: $90

Standard Registration: $100

Early Bird registration ends on September 15 at midnight

Student Registration: $30

Applies to high school, undergraduate, and post-graduate students

Price includes the membership discount.

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Student Show Invitation

To enter students into the student show please fill out this form and email to michmud2019@michclay.com.

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Julia Galloway

Keynote Speaker

Julia Galloway is a professor and the Director of the School of Art at the University of Montana-Missoula. Julia has exhibited across the United States, Canada, and Asia and her work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC, Long Beach Art Museum, Long Beach CA, and the Ceramics Research Center at the Arizona State Art Museum, among many others. Julia will discuss the state of ceramics today and provide illuminating demonstrations in throwing/handbuilding combinations, handles and spouts and surface decoration.
www.juliagalloway.com

Jessika Edgar

Presenter

Jessika Edgar is a ceramic artist based in Detroit. Her research focuses on concepts related to identity and value through an investigation in contemporary craft and sculptural abstraction. Raised in both Western Massachusetts and Southern California, Jessika has an MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2011), an MA in Studio Art (2009) and BA in Studio Art (2008) from California State University Northridge. Jessika has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at The Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for the Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI, Ceramic Research Center and Brickyard Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, India, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX and Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. She has been awarded residencies at Guldagergaard: International Ceramic Research Center, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Wassaic Projects, and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild.
www.jessikaedgar.com/

David Velez Felix

Presenter

David Velez Felix is a graduate from Yale University with a BFA in photography. He pursued his photography career in New York City until 1999 when he moved to Michigan for an Art Directorship. As a decidedly “American Artist” his subject matter is culturally all inclusive. His Americana is defined by his belief in the melting pot as portrayed in his latest body of work. It wasn't until 2010, when he received the generous gift of a clay hand-building class, that David found his true passion. Since then, clay has been his favorite and primary medium for his constantly evolving artistic expression as a ceramicist.
www.dvf.design/

Ebitenyefa Baralaye

Presenter

Ebitenyefa Baralaye is a ceramicist, sculptor, and designer. His work explores cultural, spiritual, and material translations of form/objects, text, and symbols interpreted through a diaspora lens and abstracted around the aesthetics of craft and design. Baralaye received a BFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Ceramics from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Baralaye was an Emerging Artists Program recipient at the Museum of the African Diaspora in 2017 and an AICAD Teaching Fellow at the San Francisco Art Institute from 2016 to 2018. He is currently an Assistant Professor and Section Head of Ceramics at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
www.baralaye.com/

Emily LoPresto

Presenter

Emily LoPresto is a ceramic artist who has been working with clay for more than half her life. Her current work is functional slip cast ceramic objects for everyday use with an empasis on the process of mold making. Using modern technology to aid her process Emily vies each mold as a problem to solve to result in a functional ceramic object. Emily graduated from the College of Creative Studies with a major in Crafts, Ceramics and a minor in Jewelry Metals. She has a full-functioning studio and is actively making ceramic work. It is her hope that people purchase her work and enjoy using it in everyday life as much as she does.
www.eloceramicart.com/

Lane Kaufmann

Presenter

Lane Kaufmann is a ceramic artist focused on public engagement and community development. He grew up in a Mennonite family in Goshen, Indiana where he learned the importance of social justice, the value of being a part of a community and to value purpose whether in idea, object, or occupation. His work investigates meaning in our daily lives, the individual’s role in the collective and how art can engage within a community to bring about social reform.
A graduate of Goshen College with a BA in Studio Art, Lane furthered his studies at Michigan State University where he recently graduated with a Masters of Fine Art. Lane moved to South Korea to teach English and study the Korean ceramics tradition. An influential moment in Lane’s career was learning about the impact caused by trade and wars between Korea, Japan, and China and how those exchanges are reflected in the ceramic wares of that time. From then on Lane was conscious of the historical connotations of particular forms and styles.
After returning from Korea, Lane was invited to be a resident artist at Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, Virginia. This year gave him the opportunity to focus on developing his art within a small, dedicated community of artists. Here Lane spent time mining the native clays and preparing wood for firing his work. The sleek and controlled forms he made in Seoul gave way to more rustic and natural ones, inspired by the land and people around him at Cub Creek.
His current work is a synthesis of functional pottery and socially engaged art. Currently, he is teaching foundation level classes at Michigan State University as Fixed-term Faculty.
www.lanekaufmannpottery.weebly.com/

Travis Erxleben

Presenter

Originally from Houston, Texas, Travis Erxleben is currently Studio Technician and Instructor at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. Travis earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas in 2016. His works revolve around a fascination with historical objects. Having never known his paternal grandparents, Travis was given only the objects they left behind after death to learn who they had been and where his family had come from. His portfolio is comprised of sculptural works that stimulate a thematic commentary about the lasting legacies of previous generations. The works highlight the importance of preserving historically significant objects, the unique testaments that they embody, and the lessons they have to teach us about our origins. Travis’ work has been exhibited in solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions throughout the United States. He is currently represented by Gathered Glassblowing Studio and Gallery in Toledo, Ohio.
www.traviserxleben.com/

Paul Kotula

Speaker

Paul Kotula is an artist, gallery director, and educator. His studio work is at the intersection of art, craft, and design. It has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in such public collections as Crocker Art Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Over his extensive career as a gallery director he has curated over 100 exhibitions. He also curated exhibitions for Augsburg University, Broad Art Museum, and Rhode Island School of Art and Design. He is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University.

Michigan Mud
October 19, 2019

Welcome to Michigan Mud 2019! We hope this event provides valuable information and inspiration. Thank you to our host, Oakland Community College - Auburn Hills! 
Student Exhibition | Building F Lobby
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Student awards will be selected by Julia Galloway and presented during lunch
Vendor Tables | Building F Lobby
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration & Coffee | Building F Lobby
  Demo Room E-219
Demo Room E-204
Demo Room E-223
 
9:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Julia Galloway
Throwing/Handbuilding
Combinations, Handles
and Spouts and Surface
Decoration
Demonstration
Jessika Edgar
Investigating Sculptural
Abstraction and Creative
Handbuilding Approaches

Demonstration
Emily LoPresto
Plaster Prototyping and
Casting with Colored Slip


Demonstration
 
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Featured Keynote Lecture:  Julia Galloway
The State of Ceramics Today
Presentation of MCAA Lifetime Achievement Award
Theater F-123
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch | Atrium F-127
Presentation of Student Awards
1:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Julia Galloway
Throwing/Handbuilding
Combinations, Handles
and Spouts and Surface
Decoration
Demonstration
Lane Kaufmann
Coil Throwing
Large Vessels


Demonstration
Travis Erxleben
Why am I Here?



Demonstration
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
Paul Kotula
John A. Sinker, Jr.
Ceramics Teaching Collection

Theater F-123

Lecture
2:50 PM - 3:00 PM         Break
3:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Julia Galloway
Throwing/Handbuilding
Combinations, Handles
and Spouts and Surface
Decoration


Demonstration
David Velez Felix
Sketching on Paper and on
Computer for Guidance in
Assembling Freeform Shapes
and Underglaze Choices and
Application

Demonstration
Ebitenyefa Baralaye
Material Lives





Demonstration
5:00 PM Conference Adjourns
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM         Michigan Mud Presenter Exhibition and Artist Reception
Holding House, 3546 Michigan Avenue, Detroit
Speakers, Presenters, Demonstrators and Lecturers

Julia Galloway

Keynote Speaker

Julia Galloway is a professor and the Director of the School of Art at the University of Montana-Missoula. Julia has exhibited across the United States, Canada, and Asia and her work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC, Long Beach Art Museum, Long Beach CA, and the Ceramics Research Center at the Arizona State Art Museum, among many others. Julia will discuss the state of ceramics today and provide illuminating demonstrations in throwing/handbuilding combinations, handles and spouts and surface decoration.
www.juliagalloway.com

Jessika Edgar

Presenter

Jessika Edgar is a ceramic artist based in Detroit. Her research focuses on concepts related to identity and value through an investigation in contemporary craft and sculptural abstraction. Raised in both Western Massachusetts and Southern California, Jessika has an MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2011), an MA in Studio Art (2009) and BA in Studio Art (2008) from California State University Northridge. Jessika has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at The Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for the Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI, Ceramic Research Center and Brickyard Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, India, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX and Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. She has been awarded residencies at Guldagergaard: International Ceramic Research Center, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Wassaic Projects, and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild.
www.jessikaedgar.com/

David Velez Felix

Presenter

David Velez Felix is a graduate from Yale University with a BFA in photography. He pursued his photography career in New York City until 1999 when he moved to Michigan for an Art Directorship. As a decidedly “American Artist” his subject matter is culturally all inclusive. His Americana is defined by his belief in the melting pot as portrayed in his latest body of work. It wasn't until 2010, when he received the generous gift of a clay hand-building class, that David found his true passion. Since then, clay has been his favorite and primary medium for his constantly evolving artistic expression as a ceramicist.
www.dvf.design/

Ebitenyefa Baralaye

Presenter

Ebitenyefa Baralaye is a ceramicist, sculptor, and designer. His work explores cultural, spiritual, and material translations of form/objects, text, and symbols interpreted through a diaspora lens and abstracted around the aesthetics of craft and design. Baralaye received a BFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Ceramics from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Baralaye was an Emerging Artists Program recipient at the Museum of the African Diaspora in 2017 and an AICAD Teaching Fellow at the San Francisco Art Institute from 2016 to 2018. He is currently an Assistant Professor and Section Head of Ceramics at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
www.baralaye.com/

Emily LoPresto

Presenter

Emily LoPresto is a ceramic artist who has been working with clay for more than half her life. Her current work is functional slip cast ceramic objects for everyday use with an empasis on the process of mold making. Using modern technology to aid her process Emily vies each mold as a problem to solve to result in a functional ceramic object. Emily graduated from the College of Creative Studies with a major in Crafts, Ceramics and a minor in Jewelry Metals. She has a full-functioning studio and is actively making ceramic work. It is her hope that people purchase her work and enjoy using it in everyday life as much as she does.
www.eloceramicart.com/

Lane Kaufmann

Presenter

Lane Kaufmann is a ceramic artist focused on public engagement and community development. He grew up in a Mennonite family in Goshen, Indiana where he learned the importance of social justice, the value of being a part of a community and to value purpose whether in idea, object, or occupation. His work investigates meaning in our daily lives, the individual’s role in the collective and how art can engage within a community to bring about social reform.
A graduate of Goshen College with a BA in Studio Art, Lane furthered his studies at Michigan State University where he recently graduated with a Masters of Fine Art. Lane moved to South Korea to teach English and study the Korean ceramics tradition. An influential moment in Lane’s career was learning about the impact caused by trade and wars between Korea, Japan, and China and how those exchanges are reflected in the ceramic wares of that time. From then on Lane was conscious of the historical connotations of particular forms and styles.
After returning from Korea, Lane was invited to be a resident artist at Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, Virginia. This year gave him the opportunity to focus on developing his art within a small, dedicated community of artists. Here Lane spent time mining the native clays and preparing wood for firing his work. The sleek and controlled forms he made in Seoul gave way to more rustic and natural ones, inspired by the land and people around him at Cub Creek.
His current work is a synthesis of functional pottery and socially engaged art. Currently, he is teaching foundation level classes at Michigan State University as Fixed-term Faculty.
www.lanekaufmannpottery.weebly.com/

Travis Erxleben

Presenter

Originally from Houston, Texas, Travis Erxleben is currently Studio Technician and Instructor at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. Travis earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas in 2016. His works revolve around a fascination with historical objects. Having never known his paternal grandparents, Travis was given only the objects they left behind after death to learn who they had been and where his family had come from. His portfolio is comprised of sculptural works that stimulate a thematic commentary about the lasting legacies of previous generations. The works highlight the importance of preserving historically significant objects, the unique testaments that they embody, and the lessons they have to teach us about our origins. Travis’ work has been exhibited in solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions throughout the United States. He is currently represented by Gathered Glassblowing Studio and Gallery in Toledo, Ohio.
www.traviserxleben.com/

Paul Kotula

Speaker

Paul Kotula is an artist, gallery director, and educator. His studio work is at the intersection of art, craft, and design. It has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in such public collections as Crocker Art Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Over his extensive career as a gallery director he has curated over 100 exhibitions. He also curated exhibitions for Augsburg University, Broad Art Museum, and Rhode Island School of Art and Design. He is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University.

Michigan Mud Agenda

Michigan Mud
October 19, 2019

Welcome to Michigan Mud 2019! We hope this event provides valuable information and inspiration. Thank you to our host, Oakland Community College - Auburn Hills! 
Student Exhibition | Building F Lobby
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Student awards will be selected by Julia Galloway and presented during lunch
Vendor Tables | Building F Lobby
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration & Coffee | Building F Lobby
  Demo Room E-219
Demo Room E-204
Demo Room E-223
 
9:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Julia Galloway
Throwing/Handbuilding
Combinations, Handles
and Spouts and Surface
Decoration
Demonstration
Jessika Edgar
Investigating Sculptural
Abstraction and Creative
Handbuilding Approaches

Demonstration
Emily LoPresto
Plaster Prototyping and
Casting with Colored Slip


Demonstration
 
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Featured Keynote Lecture:  Julia Galloway
The State of Ceramics Today
Presentation of MCAA Lifetime Achievement Award
Theater F-123
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch | Atrium F-127
Presentation of Student Awards
1:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Julia Galloway
Throwing/Handbuilding
Combinations, Handles
and Spouts and Surface
Decoration
Demonstration
Lane Kaufmann
Coil Throwing
Large Vessels


Demonstration
Travis Erxleben
Why am I Here?



Demonstration
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
Paul Kotula
John A. Sinker, Jr.
Ceramics Teaching Collection

Theater F-123

Lecture
2:50 PM - 3:00 PM         Break
3:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Julia Galloway
Throwing/Handbuilding
Combinations, Handles
and Spouts and Surface
Decoration


Demonstration
David Velez Felix
Sketching on Paper and on
Computer for Guidance in
Assembling Freeform Shapes
and Underglaze Choices and
Application

Demonstration
Ebitenyefa Baralaye
Material Lives





Demonstration
5:00 PM Conference Adjourns
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM         Michigan Mud Presenter Exhibition and Artist Reception
Holding House, 3546 Michigan Avenue, Detroit
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