MICHIGAN MUD 2023 - Traverse City

Michigan Mud 2023 is brought to you in collaboration with Michigan Ceramic Art Association (MCAA) and Northwestern Michigan College. This day long biennial conference will be held on the Northwestern Michigan College campus and will showcase the excellence Michigan and regional ceramic art in its diversity of techniques. This community event is open to the public and features nationally-renowned Keynote Speaker, Bede Clarke and local and regional ceramics artists providing demonstrations and lectures, a student cup show, vendor tables, and a presenters exhibition at Dennos Gallery.

Featured Keynote Speaker:

Featured Keynote Speaker: Bede Clarke is a Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, having taught at Missouri 1992- 2021.  He received his MFA from the University of Iowa (1990) and a BFA from Eckerd College (1982).  Bede maintains a studio in Columbia, Missouri where he continues to create and exhibit his work.

Bede’s work is found in collections in the U.S. and abroad, such as: Taipei County Yingke Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, Ichon World Ceramic Center, South Korea, South Bend Museum of Art, Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University and Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University.

Bede has conducted over 100 workshops and lectures around the country and internationally. Awards have included:

  • Kansas City Artist Coalition Lighton International Artist Exchange Award
  • Sturt Australian Contemporary Craft Center Residency Award
  • Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award, New Zealand
  • Kennedy Center Fellowship for Teachers of the Arts
  • University of Missouri Byler Distinguished Professor Award