ACAD Ceramics hosts 1000 Miles Apart Conference 2013

ACAD Ceramics is pleased to host the annual 1000 Miles Apart Conference, October 3, 4 and 5 , 2013.

Everyone interested is invited and encouraged to attend the conference events free of charge.

The conference will include our featured Guest Artists workshops and
presentations (Bios and images further down in this post!), the
Participant’s Exhibition, lunchtime presentations,  cup exchange, social
events – including a reception for the exhibition in Gallery 371, ACAD
(Friday 5 to 7 pm with refreshments and snacks) and student led
presentations of the participating institutions, highlighting our
 vibrant western Ceramics Programs.  We would like to acknowledge the
ACAD Scholarly Research and Creativity Initiatives through the Rawlinson
Fund for their generous support of this event.

We have a full schedule of events starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday October 3rd.  The following is the basic schedule to date.  We suggest if you are coming from out of town, arriving the night before.

Thursday  Oct 3      

  • 9 am to noon Sean O’Connell demo main studio
  • noon to 1 p.m. lunch
  • 1- 2 p.m. visitor presentation T.B.A.
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sean O’Connell presentation in the Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre
  • 3:30 to 5 p.m. Ryan McKerley – demo main studio
  • Pub event

Friday Oct 4             

  • 9 am to noon Ryan McKerley demo main studio
  • Noon to 1 pm. lunch       Cup exchange
  • 1- 2 p.m. visitor presentation T.B.A.
  • 2-3:30 pm. Ryan McKerley presentation in the lecture hall
  • 3:30 to 5 p.m. Steve Gorman demo main studio
  • 5 p.m. -7 p.m. Opening of Participant’s exhibition in Gallery 371

Saturday Oct 5         

  • 9 a.m. to noon Steve Gorman demo main studio
  • Noon to 1 pm. lunch
  • 1 to 2 pm. Steve Gorman presentation lecture hall
  • 2 to 4 pm Student presentations on their schools
  • 4 p.m. 371 Show take down begins
  • Pub event

 Sunday Oct. 4

  • 371 Show takedown 10 – noon

The following hotel listings are close to the college and relatively inexpensive:

A brief description of Motel Village including directions and other hotel suggestions:


Royal Wayne Motor Inn (

Econo Lodge (

Comfort Inn (

Best Western Crowchild Trail

Cup Exchange

We are not doing an official chili bowl trade this year, but there will be an informal cup exchange on Friday October 5th.  Catherine Dale is coordinating this, so please email her if you have questions.

Also, this year we are providing lunches for all attending.
Therefore, it is important that you please RSVP us if you are attending
and the days you will be joining us.

We look forward to seeing you here!

ACAD Ceramics Students and Greg Payce, Katrina Chaytor, Brad Keys, Sean O’Connell, Robin Lambert

As a student run conference, ACAD Ceramics students have played a big
role in the selection of presenting artists and the conference
itinerary.  We also are pleased to have our Ceramics Visiting
Artist/Instructor 2013/14, Sean O’Connell present at our conference. We
introduce our Guest Artists for 1000 Miles Apart here, in the order of
their appearance:

Sean O’Connell

Sean O’Connell is a studio potter, recently from Helena, MT where he
was the 2012/13 Windgate Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation.  He has
been involved in the arts since an early experience as a silversmith’s
apprentice at the age of thirteen in Fayetteville, AR.  He attended
college at the Kansas City Art Institute several years later, and upon
completing his BFA in Sculpture, Sean became increasingly interested in
making functional pottery.  This led to many years of independent
research, study and practice.  After several years working as an
instructor in community art centers throughout the Chicago area, Sean
pursued his MFA in Ceramics at the School for American Crafts, Rochester
Institute of Technology in western New York.  Shortly after he was the
2009 Salad Days Artist in Residence at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts
in Newcastle, ME.  In 2011 Sean was accepted as a long term Artist in 
Resident at the Archie Bray Foundation.  In the course of finishing up
his time at the Bray, Sean is continuing to make quality functional
ceramics, exhibiting nationally, and regularly  gives workshops and
lectures around the country.

Petite Dejeuner, porcelain

Ryan McKerley

Ryan Mckerley started making pots while he was an
art student at Abilene Christian University in West Texas.  In 1995,
after receiving his BFA at  Abiline Christian University, he moved to
Austin and began an apprenticeship with Billy Ray Mangham.  As his
apprenticeship continued, Ryan developed his pottery (and water carving
technique), taught children and adults and began building his own kilns.
Today he divides his time between his ceramic studio technician duties
at the Dougherty Arts Center, organizing the Art of the Pot Studio!
Tour, and teaching/exhibiting around the U.S.

Tumbler (2 views), 2012 Porcelain Thrown, trimmed, water carved, carved, glazed, soda-fired, cone 10

Steve L. Gorman

Steve Gorman attended Central Missouri State University receiving a
BFA in Art Education in 1985 and his MA in 1995.  Gorman held teaching
positions in the Centerview School District for 7 years and theNorth
Kansas City School District for 18 years.  Recently retired from his 25
year teaching career, Gorman is able to pursue his art career full time.
 Gorman’s work is in the collection of the Nerman Museum of
Contemporary Art – Campus Collection; the Oppenheimer Collection; the
Southern Illinois University; the Waterloo Museum of Art; Baker
University; and many private collections.  He has shown his work at
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Arts in Kansas City and Componere Gallery in
St. Louis.  In 2011, Gorman had a solo exhibit at the Nerman Museum of
Contemporary Art.

Lucky, 12 ” x 12″ x 9″