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″

CREATING MEANING: The Pre-Conference

Last minute spots still available

Mar. 27-28, 2011

University of Florida, College of Fine Arts Gainesville, FL

CREATING MEANING: Pre-Conference at the University of Florida in conjunction with the 2011 National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference in Tampa Bay

UF Ceramics will be hosting Creating Meaning on Sunday March 27 and Monday March 28, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida. Creating Meaning will offer 3 artists workshops and 7 campus and city-wide Ceramic exhibitions. The event will offer those who enroll an opportunity to visit our studios, to see the work of UF students and Gainesville artists as well as selected works by national artists. A full day workshop with a slide lecture will be offered by artists Nan Smith, Kathy King and Kevin Snipes. “Alchemy: From Dust to Form: 2011 Ceramics National” will be on display at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art (Jurors: Kathy King and Nan Smith). Other exhibitions include: “Intersection: UF Ceramics Undergraduates”, Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall High School; “Currents: Past and Present – UF Alumni and Student Juried Exhibition”, Thomas Center Mezzanine Gallery, (Juror: Anna Calluori Holcombe); “Intersection: UF Ceramics MFA and Post-Baccalaureate Candidates”, Focus Gallery, (Juror: Steve Howell); “Nan Smith, Kathy King, Kevin Snipes: Workshop Leaders Exhibition”, UF College of Fine Arts Atrium, FAA; Ceramics MFA Thesis Exhibitions of Charlie Cummings, Chris Pickett and Brian Weaver at the University Gallery, “Gainesville Artisan’s Guild Members Show”, “Form and Surface Invitational”; The Randy Batista Gallery. Shuttle tours to gallery venues will run on Sunday afternoon ending at the Harn Museum for a reception. Breakfast, lunch, the tour and the workshop costs are included in the registration fee. Find out more here.
This Pre-Conference is sponsored by the UF Ceramics School of Ceramics and HOT Clay, the student run organization. UF College of Fine Arts School of Art and Art History

Upcoming NCECA deadlines

A blended invitational and competitive ceramic exhibition for artists from the geographic region west of the Mississippi River. Deadline June 15, 2011.

2012 Program Proposals – ON THE EDGE Get involved with the NCECA program. Please propose a Lecture, Panel Discussion, Demonstration, Topical Discussion, or NCECA Connection for the 46th annual NCECA Conference in Seattle, Washington. Please be aware that this year our call for Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections is earlier than in past years. Deadline May 3, 2011.

2012 Invitational Exhibition PUSH PLAY. The 2012 NCECA Invitational focuses on the importance of play as related to art and life. Deadline July 5, 2011.

will open April 14, 2011.

Ceramic Conference 2011 Unbound: The International Studio Practice

***You can’t miss this one! Yours truly will be there.
May 6 – 8, 2011 In the 21st century we find ourselves increasingly globalized through the food we eat, the clothes we wear, goods we purchase and the images we consume through TV and the Internet. In this conference we will look at the internationalizing of the ceramics studio practice and the effect that it has on us as makers. We’re excited to announce the following presenters for this event: Elaine Henry of Ceramics Art & Perception Magazine – Keynote Speaker Paul Scott (UK) – lecture and demo Ginny Marsh (USA) – lecture and demo Ian Johnson (CAN) – lecture and demo Jeremy Hatch (CAN) – lecture and demo Carole Epp (CAN) – lecture and demo Robin Lambert (CAN) – lecture Koi Neng Liew (Singapore) – lecture and demo Registration Details and Fees: Student Rate: $99
Late registrations (after April 1): $118.80
Course #: 1300 Regular Rate: $225
Late registrations (after April 1): $270.00
Course #: 1303 Register early and save! Registration fee includes all demos and lectures for the duration of the conference, as well as social events and meals throughout the weekend. Accommodation: Limited accommodation will be available in our Student Residences, and can be booked when you register for the conference. Additional accommodation is available at the Sandman Hotel and can be reserved by calling 1 800 SANDMAN. Stay Tuned for Details on Post-Conference Workshops with Paul Scott! For more info and to register visit the RDC website.