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New Year, New Opportunities!

New Year, New Opportunities!

Every January I find myself thinking about all the new opportunities that come along with the New Year.   The longer I work in clay, the more I have come to realize how much more there is to learn and experience.  With this in mind, I have set out to outline just a few of the exciting opportunities that are available to us in 2014.  In fact, many of these workshops are not very far from home!


FREE at Pewabic Pottery, Jan 31–Feb 1. Watch and learn as celebrated North Carolina potter Daniel Johnston demonstrates his coil/pinch technique to “throw” REALLY BIG POTS.  When I say really big pots, I mean pots I could hide inside.  Katy and I saw his presentation at Michigan Mud this past fall, and we were mesmerized. If you attend this (need I remind you, FREE) event, you will not be disappointed!


Right here at Rovin on Feb. 8, you can learn how A.Blair Clemo crafts his handsome press molded/thrown forms.  He was honored as a Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist in 2013, and he loves to share his unique process. Space is limited, so call to register. We hope you will join us!


If you are planning a trip to the sunshine state in February, maybe you will want to stop by St. Pete’s Clay for the Florida Heat: Surface conference – Feb. 19–23.   Sign up for a day or two, or the entire conference. I can’t get over the line-up for this conference; it’s basically a who’s who of some of the most current and celebrated ceramicists working in the US right now! GAH!


Next on the calendar is the 3 Days of Clay workshop hosted by the Jackson Potters Guild.  March 7–9, Michael Sherrill, founder of MudTools, will share his unique techniques for creating his whimsical functional and sculptural work.  I am particularly excited to learn how he manipulates extruded forms and layers boldly colored clays! The Rovin team will be there, and we hope to see you there too!


It hasn’t been his close to home in a while… NCECA will be in Milwaukee, WI this year!  March 19-22, the list of presenters is too long for me to even touch on!  NCECA has set the standard for ceramic arts educations, be there to find out why.  This year, NCECA says “Exhibitions and programs will expand on traditional definitions of fine and decorative arts, craft and design in the context of the 21st century.” 


If you are thinking ahead to summer already, consider taking a course at Ox-Bow in Saugatuck. Ox-bow offers incredible classes, in an oasis-like setting away from the roar and rush of everyday life.  An artist’s retreat nestled in the rolling hills along the west coast of Michigan, Ox-Bow to provides the “space”, facilities, and mentor-ship necessary to learn and grown as an artist.


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