movie day: Clay @ Home: Artist Talk with Lisa Naples

Join Jennifer Zwilling as she leads a talk with artist Lisa Naples. The Clay Studio serves artists in the community and its community with art. We were founded in 1974 by a group of 5 ceramic artists seeking a shared space and mutual support, but they soon realized their work embraced something broader: to educate and engage the larger community with the joy of making in clay. Today The Clay Studio supports 65 Resident and Associate artists and welcomes 4,700 students in their classrooms every year, while also serving 3,800 schoolchildren and adults in the Philadelphia area. We offer classes and workshops year round in handbuilding, wheel-throwing, casting and glazing, for people of all ages, from beginner to advanced. These online how-to demos are tutorials created by ceramic artists that anyone can do at home. They celebrate the idea that homemade is handmade, and they connect artists with people right where they live. Enjoy! If you would like to make a donation to support The Clay Studio and its community of artists, teachers, and students, please visit
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A Passion for Clay @ Blue Rock Gallery

Bluerock Gallery loves ceramics, and has a long history of representing some of Alberta’s most talented ceramic artists!  This open-themed exhibit will showcase the wide variety of interests and complexity of ceramic techniques, employed by our artists, as well as those of a few emerging artists.  With almost 20 participants, there will be much to enjoy!  We invite you to join us in person at our gallery or visit our website, to view and shop a diverse range of high quality Alberta ceramics!  Opening Reception Saturday, September 26 from 4-7pm.  Free & open to the public.

Participating Artists:

Gallery Artists: Mindy Andrews, David Barnes, Katie Borrowman, Louise Brud, Dawn Detarando, Katy Drijber, Debra Durrer, Tanya Everard, Brian McArthur, Lisa McGrath, Neil Liske, Juliana Rempel, Evonne Smulders, Darlene Swan, Annette ten Cate

Guest Artists (Emerging): Lael Chmelyk, Mel Doiron, Emily Stone, Ella Valge-Saar

Find out more HERE.

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Hiroe Swen: A Lifetime in Ceramics

Our next exhibition “Hiroe Swen – a lifetime in ceramics” is a ‘must see’ and will be on show from 20 September. There is a harmony between nature and practicality in Hiroe’s work.  Her pottery is functional, her artwork gives a simple feeling of “Kokorozukai” or consideration for others.  She expresses her joy through the unique forms of her work to achieve a new and personal sense of art and style.

Hiroe Swen was born in the old capital city of Kyoto, regarded by many as the cultural heart of Japan. At age 23 Hiroe began a 5 and a half year apprenticeship at the Kyoto Crafts Institute under master potter H Hayashi. At that time, female potters were very rare and Hiroe was a pioneer in ceramic society. She met her future husband Cornel in the mid-sixties and together they migrated to Australia in 1968. Hiroe and Cornel have lived in Australia ever since and throughout her life Hiroe has been a prolific creator of ever changing and evolving hand built ceramics. In 2016, Hiroe-san was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays by the Government of Japan for her contribution to the promotion of Japanese culture and mutual understanding between Japan and Australia.

In this landmark exhibition at Sturt, for one of the most important Japanese-born ceramic artists still working in Australia today, we recognise the 6 decades of Hiroe’s extensive career as well as showcase the stunning new work being made by Hiroe today. The exhibition will run from 20 September to 15 November and a digital catalogue is available for the purchase of Hiroe’s new work.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings there will not be a public opening for this exhibition but the exhibition will be on show for 7 weeks so there is plenty of time to plan your visit.

This project has been supported by the Embassy of Japan in Australia.

100 Years 100 Women @ The Clay Studio

August 18th, 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, giving women in the US the right to vote.

Who gained the right to vote when the 19th amendment was ratified on August 18th, 1920? The amendment stated that “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” It was a partial victory, but who was still excluded? Native Americans, most Asian Americans, and although African Americans were technically included, it was not until the 1965 Voting Rights Act that racial discrimination was prohibited. Even today, many BIPOC citizens still face disenfranchisement.

We are taking advantage of this anniversary to celebrate the work for women’s rights that has been done, while simultaneously acknowledging the work that remains. Statistics show that women earn only about 80% of what men earn, while women of color earn only 65% of what white men earn.[1] The US Congress is only 23% women,[2] and we still have not seen a woman president. The struggle of trans and woman identifying people is still in its infancy. These facts are the tip of the iceberg of remaining disparities that we must continue to dismantle.

Women have fought hard in so many ways, against extreme injustice, to gain a foothold for themselves and others, for their children, and for all children. This work, both public and private, is deserving of celebration and admiration.

We asked 50 artists to each choose two women they admire and honor them by making a modern-day commemorative plate. We welcome all perspectives on this topic, and we embrace a wide definition of women, transgender, and female identifying people. The people each artist chooses can be famous, anonymous, or their own private inspirations. The artists selected reflect the true wide range of cultures and gender identities of people making art in clay. By choosing artists across cultures and gender identities we welcome an illustration of women important to each artist within their varying experiences.

We are excited to present commemorative plates dedicated to women who these artists feel embody the spirit of female empowerment, and who deserve recognition for their contributions to society.

We look forward to walking into a gallery of heroes who will inspire us to keep fighting for justice and equality.

[1] “Racial, gender wage gaps persist in U.S. despite some progress”. Pew Research Center. July 1, 2016. Retrieved November 26, 2016.

[2] Women in the US Congress 2020, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

[1] “Racial, gender wage gaps persist in U.S. despite some progress”. Pew Research Center. July 1, 2016. Retrieved November 26, 2016.

[2] Women in the US Congress 2020, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

Cover Photo: Sue Tirrell