*works above by Katie Susko and Justin Rothshank
I’m super excited to announce that Musing About Mud is one of the many sponsors for the second installment of Growlerfest that will be on exhibit in Pittsburgh during NCECA. I was eager to work with Alexandra Jelleberg and Bradley Klem on this project as their vision for this event and exhibition aligns strongly with my beliefs of the value of handmade objects getting into the hands of new audiences. I’m passionate about projects that take pottery out of their usual gallery or domestic context and present them in new and interesting ways. Pottery, as many of artists and collectors know, has the power to effect change on our awareness of everyday objects and their value. Quality handmade ceramics are not only beautiful in their function, but also in their skilled execution, and ability to convey the vision, ideas and aesthetic leanings of the individual artist’s creative voice. Ever since Alexandra and Bradley began this project in 2015, I’ve been following along closely and am honored to be one of the participating artists. The collaborations that Growlerfest has established between artists, local breweries, and their patrons, is an innovative way to grow new audiences for ceramics. This year’s Growlerfest, in partnership with Brew House Association, is part invitation, part juried exhibition and all parts exceptional international ceramics. I hope to see lots of familiar and new faces at the reception in Pittsburgh. Let’s come together and raise a glass to how pottery (and beer) enriches our lives and experiences.
The Brew House Association, along with project coordinators Alexandra Jelleberg and Bradley Klem, are hosting GrowlerFest in Pittsburgh, PA. The NCECA Venue Originated Exhibition is comprised of an exhibition of beer growlers, jugs, and other containers used for storing or serving beer. The invited artists’ pieces will be complemented by juried selections through an open call. The Exhibition is free and open to the public.
A Special Reception & Beer Mixer will happen at the Brew House Association during the NCECA conference on Friday, March 16th 6-10pm. The exhibition entry is free and VIP tickets are $25 at the door, $20 in advance and includes a select draft pour & bar snacks, a special VIP tour of “The SpeakEasy Loft” with views of the Pittsburgh skyline, access to “The Distillery” with resident artist studios, & a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of several prizes. All proceeds from the event go towards supporting Brew House Association arts programming.
GrowlerFest will be at the Brewhouse Association, located at 711 South 21st St., Pittsburgh, PA, 412-381-2000. Open hours will be extended during the conference: Tue-Sat 11am-2pm, Saturdays 11am-2:30pm, or by appointment (10am-5pm).
Studio Potter Issue Launch: Join us 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 16th, at the Brew House Association in Pittsburgh to celebrate the launch of our upcoming issue, Volume 46, Number 1, Winter/Spring 2018, “Regional Perspectives and Pottery Tours”! Light refreshments will be provided, non-members can sign-up to receive a free, one-year, digital membership, and all attendees will be entered into a raffle for new SP logo merchandise, our new poster, print issues, and tickets to GrowlerFest (see below). Editor, Elenor Wilson, will speak briefly about new opportunities at Studio Potter, and will be available to answer questions about the organization and the journal.
GrowlerFest 2018 Invited Artists
Nicole Aquillano, Amanda Barr, Jessica Brandl, Tom Budzak, Ben Carter, Adriana Christianson, Blair Clemo, Carole Epp, Adam Field, Chase Gamblin, Perry Haas, Ayers Design: Meredith Host & Alex Watson, Michael Kline, Lorna Meaden, Didem Mert, Steve Theberge, Kyla Toomey, Mariko Paterson, Justin Rothshank, Liz Quackenbush, Gwendolyn Yoppolo
GrowlerFest Juried Artists
Michael Bishop, Paul Blais, Mike Bowen, Kathryn Davis, John Domenico, Ashley Gauntt, Brenna Gerlach, Jim Gottuso, Kyle Guymon & Melissa Yungbluth, Kevin Kowalski, Alex & Lisa LaPella, Ryana Lawson, Kristin Lemieux, Jenifer Levine, Mac McCusker, William Mueller, Sarah Newberry, Ashlyn Pope, John Reinking, Emma Rimi, Erin Robison, Alexandra Saunders, Jay Schmidt, David Smith, Katie Susko, Andrew Tarrant, Clive Tucker, Adam Yungbluth
Don’t miss out! Get your applications in! Have the chance to get your work seen at NCECA in Pittsburgh this March!
Read about the last Growlerfest in Ceramics Monthly by Amanda Barr
Check out the website for more details and info.
But most imporatantly – APPLY! (direct link to application)
- About GrowlerFest At The Brew House Association
GrowlerFest at the Brew House Association, connects artists to the craft beer movement, showcasing ties between food, beer and ceramics. It’s goal is to link craft breweries and the vitality of handmade pottery. GrowlerFest 2018 pairs invited Artists with an Open Call for beer growlers, jugs, and other containers used for storing or serving beer. Curated by Alexandra Jelleberg & Bradley Klem, the exhibition will be on view March 2-29, 2018 in the Brew House Association’s Gallery.
- NCECA VENDOR SPONSORED EXHIBITION
During this national ceramics conference, March 14-17th, 2018, GrowlerFest will be at the Brewhouse Association, located at
711 South 21st St., Pittsburgh, PA, 412-381-2000. Open hours will be extended during the conference: Tue-Sat 11am-2pm, Saturdays 11am-2:30pm, or by appointment (10am-5pm).
A Public Reception will be held Friday, Mar 16, from 6-9pm, with local beer & food tasters. More details to be announced!
- About the Brew House Association | brewhousearts.org
- GrowlerFest 2018 Invited Artists
Nicole Aquillano, Amanda Barr, Jessica Brandl, Tom Budzak, Ben Carter, Adriana Christianson, Blair Clemo, Carole Epp, Adam Field, Chase Gamblin, Perry Haas, Meredith Host, Michael Kline, Lorna Meaden, Didem Mert, Steve Theberge, Kyla Toomey, Mariko Paterson, Justin Rothshank, Liz Quackenbush, Gwendolyn Yoppolo
- GrowlerFest Concept
GrowlerFest connects artists to the craft beer movement by showcasing the ties between local food, craft beer, and ceramics. It’s goal is to create a “cross current” link between the craft brewery movement and the vitality of handmade pottery. Through the intersection of collaboration and individual aesthetic, we hope to spark investment in handmade objects among a group of people who share a common interest. The enjoyment of food and drink can be greatly enriched by the experience of using the beautiful work artists so thoughtfully produce.GrowlerFest is partnering with the Brew House Association (BHA), which provides a wide range collaborative spaces, programs, and people in order to encourage the pursuit of artistic excellence. The BHA has emerged as a place where code writers mix with sculptors, artists evolve into entrepreneurs, and citizens from Pittsburgh’s South Side, Hilltop, and Mon Valley come to be creative. A former brewery located near Pittsburgh’s cultural district, it presents the perfect location for an exhibition centering on its historical purpose and contemporary identity.The exhibition will be comprised of two components, one being juried growlers from artists who answer an open call for entry, and another being growlers made by an invited list of artists. We will pair these two components in order to create a multi-faceted exhibition which fosters a particular aesthetic while sparking interest in the growler as a form. The events will feature beer tasting and local food and will be free and open to the public during the NCECA Conference.The public is invited to an exhibition and social gatherings centering on the beer growler.
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The Cup Collaboration exhibition is curated by Adriana Christianson and will be held at The Box Hill Community Art Centre gallery 470 Station Street , Box Hill , Victoria 3128- Australia .
The exhibition will be opened by Vicki Grima, the editor of The Journal Of Australian Ceramics , at 6pm on September 12th, 2016.
are chosen from the Australian and International clay community . Each
pair of participants collaborate to produce two cups , and also include
one of their own signature cups to the exhibition.
be available to purchase at the exhibition opening , and beginning the
following day September 13th,at 12pm AEST , the ONLINE STORE will open .
FACEBOOK The Cup Collaboration
GrowlerFest 2015 East + West is a project that will showcase the ties between the local food movement, craft beer, and ceramic art.
Project Art (Cummington, MA) is partnering with artist Bradley Klem
(Phoenix, AZ),The Eutectic Gallery (Portland, OR) and Portland Growler
Company (Portland, OR) to bring GrowlerFest 2015 East + West to the East
and West Coasts for the first time.
Project coordinators Alexandra Jelleberg and Bradley Klem’s aim is to
create a narrative about the link between the craft brewery movement
and the vitality of handmade pottery:
Through the intersection of collaboration and individual
aesthetic, we hope to spark investment in handmade objects among a group
of people who share a common interest. The enjoyment of food and drink
can be greatly enriched by the experience of using the beautiful work
artists so thoughtfully produce.
GrowlerFest 2015 East + West intends to connect artists working in
disparate ways and faraway places to both each other and the craft beer
movement by offering the surface of a growler as a way to collaborate
with one another, and an exhibition with functional and decorative
components to draw parallels and comparisons in form, style, design
and philosophy between local and global ceramic artists.
• GROWLERFEST 2015 EXHIBITION
15 ceramic artists have collaborated on limited editions of ceramic
growlers that will be on exhibit at Project Art October 3–December 2.
Also on display will be vessels by local studio potters. Participating
potters include Ben Eberle, Robbie Heidinger, Tiffany Hilton, Jeffrey
Lipton, Maya Machin, Michael McCarthy, Robbie Heidinger, Steve Theberge,
Elenor Wilson. By appointment, contact Project Art at 701.471.9782 or click here to inquire.
• EXHIBITION OPENING & BEER TASTING EVENT
Join us for a celebration with craft beer tastings, local food, and
ceramic art on Saturday, October 10, 5–7. Early bird tickets are $15,
$20 at the door.
• ARTIST SALON & BRUNCH
Sunday, October 11, 10–12, join us for a potluck brunch
and slideshow presentation by artist Bradley Klem.
GrowlerFest 2015 Artists