Clay for Clay Community

The ability for potters and ceramic artists to earn their usual income has been greatly affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Exhibitions, teaching, markets and selling opportunities have ceased. The time has come for us to help each other through this difficult time. Building on the success of Clay For Australia, I would like to offer a way to keep sales happening – CLAY FOR CLAY COMMUNITY, #clayforclaycommunity. It is up and running on Instagram !

www.instagram.com/clayforclaycommunity

It’s simple.

* An artist can post on Instagram up to 5 works (at any one time) on their IG, using #clayforclaycommunity as one of their hashtags.

* Anyone can buy the work. Artist keep the payment!!

* Every time the artist has 5 sales, they buy 1 work by another artist (valued at 20% of total of the 5 sales).

* Follow #clayforclaycommunity to see all the work being offered for sale.

* Keep an eye on the @clayforclaycommunity for news, opportunities and announcements.

* Repost our campaign and tell your family, friends, colleagues and collectors. * Be generous and share the love! More detail on ww.instagram.com/clayforclaycommunity

I hope Clay For Clay Community will help you deal with this difficult time a little easier and hope that you will take part on this project. \

Best wishes

Vipoo Srivilasa

 

upcoming online Curator talk: It’s Still Political: Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness in Contemporary Ceramics

Mar 6 to Jun 21

Curated by Mac Star McCusker with Kelly Connole

REMOTE Curator Talk with Mac Star McCusker
Join the curator of It’s Still Political: Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness in Contemporary Ceramics, Mac Star McCusker, for a lecture and conversation surrounding topics of the associated exhibition.

Thursday, April 16, 6 pm
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It’s Still Political, curated by Mac Star McCusker with Kelly Connole as Curatorial Advisor, revisits the themes addressed by Sexual Politics: Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness in Contemporary Ceramics, an exhibition originally on view at Northern Clay Center in the spring of 2015. In that exhibition, Kelly Connole wrote, “Artists have the potential to freeze a moment in our collective cultural history, record it, interpret it, and help us breathe in the truth of our own time.”

The theme is just as relevant today. It’s Still Political focuses on gender fluidity, specifically, gender expression. McCusker offers, “We are all forced to participate in narrowly defined gender roles. Feminine men and masculine women have assumptions immediately made about their sexuality even though gender expression and gender identity have nothing to do with sexuality.” Five years after the original exhibition, it is still a misconception frequently held in our culture.

This exhibition features works by artists who actively engage in and promote insightful dialogue about gender expression and identity and provides much-needed current perspectives on the subject within the context of both human experience and ceramics.

Participating artists include: Shane Elliot Bowers, Dekalb, Illinois; Shannon Gross, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Arthur Halvorsen, Somerville, Massachusetts; G.V. Kelley, Lincoln, Nebraska; Mac Star McCusker, Durham, North Carolina; Marval Rex, Los Angeles, California; and Maya Vivas, Portland, Oregon.

About the curator
A maker themself of wheel-thrown, slab-built, and sculpted ceramics, McCusker’s work “spotlights the policing of gender, anti-discrimination laws, Bathroom Bills, and issues addressing the LGBTQ community.” The artist has produced work in such series as The Transition Series, Project Canary: The Gender Magnet Drop, Trans-Action Figures, among others. McCusker lives and maintains a studio in North Carolina and currently teaches at Odyssey Clayworks. They hold an MFA from Georgia State University in Atlanta and a BA from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia.

Of their practice, McCusker says, “Living and working in the state of North Carolina has forced me to address things affecting my community, making me the subject of my own work. I have become, for better or worse, visible and vulnerable through making and creating ceramic sculptures. I am generating a dialogue about my life, my own narrative, political, and social concerns, and through that process I am educating others.”

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American Craft Forum presents Innovation in the Face of Adversity – ONLINE THIS FRIDAY!

REGISTER HERE!!!

We may be in the house, but it’s time we think outside the box. This FREE three-part online series is meant to be an inspiring, refreshing, pragmatic, and safe conversation space. We’ll explore innovations in our craft communities in the face of adversities and challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak. We want to hear from you about ways artists, writers, and organizations are creating unique solutions in a time of crisis.

Produced and presented in collaboration with American Craft Council, CERF+, Springboard for the Arts, and the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).

Part 1: Vulnerabilities, Disruptions, and Opportunities in the Marketplace

April 3, 2020, 2 – 3:15 p.m. CDT

Americans for the Arts is reporting a $3.6 billion impact on the arts sector due to the effect of the outbreak on operations through canceled events, lost wages, and other expenses. The business of craft has been disrupted at every level – from marketplace events to supply chains to retail and gallery outlets to small manufacturing production. What solutions are we seeing? How are artists and businesses adapting? What alternatives might we consider? Can we use craft thinking to design our way out of this?

Program Outline:

What have we learned?

  • Guest: Jackson Schwartz, co-founder of Hennepin Made, a glass lighting fixture company launched in response to the last economic recession @hennepinmade
  • Moderated Q&A: Where have we been and what have we experienced in the past and how did we overcome it?

What’s new about this scenario and what does innovation look like?

  • Guest: Ayumi Horie, founder of Pots In Action lauded for her pioneering use of digital marketing and social media within contemporary ceramics @ayumihorie
  • Moderated Q&A: Who else is innovating, changing, refocusing?

How do we coordinate new ways of working?

How can we take care of one another, ourselves and our community?

Part 2: Understanding the Impact and Pursuing Relief

April 10, 2020, 2 – 3:15 p.m. CDT

The nation’s arts and culture industry is experiencing devastating economic losses with closed venues and cancelled performances, exhibitions, and events as a result of the pandemic. With the passing of the $2 trillion emergency stimulus package that includes important provisions supporting the arts sector and creative workforce, there is still a lot to sort out for independent artists, entrepreneurs, and organization leaders. This series of online forums continues with this session devoted to helping you navigate what all this means for the craft sector and practical advice for pursuing relief.

Program Outline

What are we finding and why is this work important?

  • Guest: Ruby Lopez Harper, Mexican, mother, wife, dancer, photographer, poet, and social justice warrior. Ruby is also the senior director of local arts advancement for Americans for the Arts @americans4arts
  • Moderated Q&A: What other studies should we be staying focused on?

How has the craft field specifically been impacted and what sources of relief are out there – for artists, for businesses, for organizations?

  • Guest: Carrie Cleveland, artists advocate and assistant extraordinaire and education and outreach coordinator at CERF+ The Artists Safety Net @cerfplus
  • Moderated Q&A: What other needs should we be focussed on getting relief for?

How can we take care of one another, ourselves and our community?

  • Guest: Carl Atiya Swanson, manager of Springboard for the Arts’ Creative Exchange program, a national platform sharing stories of artists with impact and toolkits for change @springboardarts
  • Moderated Q&A: How else can we take care of one another, ourselves, our community during this time?

Part 3: Education Disruptions and Opportunities

April 17, 2020, 2 – 3:15 p.m. CDT

Our series continues by turning to the impacts COVID-19 has had on the education field. From residencies to education centers to higher education, the way we learn, teach, and educate has been turned on its head. We close our first round of the American Craft Forum by hearing from the education field – students, educators, and administrators – about new directions the field is turning to and what we’ve learned from this most recent disruption.

Program Outline

What impasses, roadblocks and challenges have our craft education systems faced in the past and how have we responded?

  • Moderated Q&A: Other examples?

How are education systems innovating and changing and moving forward with this?