Conversations on Clay – C02W01-21

Date: Jan 11 - Apr 07, 2021

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Elyse Pignolet, Garth Johnson, Kathy King and Nathan Murray

Price Option(s):
$400 — Reduced Tuition (COVID-19 Artist Relief Offer)
$875 — Full Price Tuition (For those able to pay at this time)

Students may choose to pay the Reduced Tuition or the Full Price Tuition. Additional need-based scholarships available upon request.

Concept:

Anderson Ranch invites you to join our online community to engage in a rigorous and stimulating Critical Dialog Program about the exciting world of contemporary ceramics. Through lectures and discussion each Monday and Wednesday (twice a month for four months), we connect to embark on a variety of topics that are crucial to today’s field of ceramics, giving participants the opportunity to reflect conceptually on this hands-on medium. This fall and winter we focus on the potential for ceramics to be socially engaging. Presenting artists join us in our dialog whose work plays an interactive role.

Faculty:

January 11 & 13 – Elyse Pignolet – You Should Calm Down: #Pottery is Political

Elyse Pignolet explores how engaging with social issues through her artwork is a way of confronting current political and social injustices. Pignolet discusses the potential for socially committed ceramics addressing themes in her work that deal with female transgression and empowerment, the dialectic between feminism and misogyny, inequality, gender stereotypes, and sexual harassment. She also asks: how does social media play a role in this 20,000-year-old medium?

Elyse Pignolet is an American with Filipino heritage, living and working in Los Angeles. She completed her BFA degree in ceramics at CSU Long Beach. Exploring the boundaries between ceramics, painting and sculpture, Pignolet attempts to place the permanence and traditions of ceramics with the fleeting and transitory nature of the contemporary world. Her work is in public collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Achenbach Foundation, San Francisco, CA.

ElysePignolet.com


February 8 & 10 – Garth Johnson – No Food in the Galleries: Reinventing the Museum Café

Garth Johnson guides us through the Everson Museum of Art’s new project “No Food in the Galleries: Reinventing the Museum Café”. The project uses the Museum café to change the way the Museum shows its ceramics and relates to the public. Garth discusses and present a rogue’s gallery of potters who place radical hospitality at the core of their practice.

Writer, curator, and educator Garth Johnson is the Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York. Johnson is a self-described craft activist who explores craft’s influence and relevance in the 21st century. His recent exhibitions at the Everson include Renegades & Reformers: American Art Pottery, Earth Piece: Conceptual and Performative Works in Clay and Key Figures: Representational Ceramics 1932-1972.


March 8 & 10 – Kathy King – TMI? Gender and Sexuality in Ceramics

Take a brief tour through the history of ceramics to the contemporary to investigate gender and sexuality within ceramics as it pertains to the time and culture in which it was made. King then turns that lens toward her own narrative imagery intended to provoke impressions of gender, sexuality, and the influence of popular culture on our sense of self.

Kathy King has worked for twenty-five years exploring her personal narratives based on feminism, gender and sexuality presented through carvings on utilitarian vessels, mixed media installation and printmaking. King is both the Director of the Harvard Ceramics Program and a studio artist in the Boston area.


April 5 & 7 – Nathan Murray – BIPOC of Nebraska

Nathan Murray talks about his experiences creating figurative ceramic work that touches on societal issues of race by representing the stories and experiences of BIPOC Nebraskans in clay.  He explores the need for intersectional activism and creating ties of mutual support, along with the unique role art can play in engaging with people of diverse identities.  Nathan discusses the importance of representation, finding inspiration within the process of creating his work.

Nathan Murray is a socially engaged artist and educator living in Lincoln, NE.  Nathan received his MFA from University of Florida. He has been an artist in residence at the Lux Center for the Arts, NE, He exhibits work nationally and has been widely published in magazines, books and online.

nathanmurraystudio.com


Additional Information: This workshop will meet 3 – 4PM MST on Mondays and Wednesdays. Zoom Video Conferencing software (download free from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions.

Further details will be emailed to registrants.


Additional Information: This workshop will meet 3 – 4PM MST on Mondays and Wednesdays. Zoom Video Conferencing software (download free from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions.

Further details will be emailed to registrants.

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You are sooooo bisexual by Kathy King


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