Potters’ Retreat with Matt Long, Kristen Kieffer and Adam Field @ Mary Anderson Center for the Arts

name is Steven Cheek and I am the current Director of the Mary Anderson
Center for the Arts located on the grounds of Mt. St. Francis, IN. We
are just across the river from Louisville, KY and a short 25 minute
drive from the Louisville airport on 450 acres of beautiful woods,
fields and a lake.

Mary Anderson Center for the Arts is holding our first Potters’ Retreat
this summer, June 11-14, with Adam Field, Kristen Kieffer and Matt Long
as our inaugural presenters. This three day demonstration based
workshop will showcase three highly regarded ceramic artists. To see
more information on this event, check out our new website.
I am very excited about this workshop and I would love to have a great turnout. I have created a facebook event for
this and I am in the process of the final big push for this event. I
have extended the early registration out to May 15. If you have any
questions feel free to contact me.

Steven G Cheek
Director/Artist in Residence
Mary Anderson Center for the Arts

Clean Creek : Iron and Manganese

An exhibition of ceramic art that
utilizes iron and manganese recovered from abandoned mine drainage.

The Exhibition is on display in the
Arthur Butcher Art Gallery through February 25.
Artists’ Reception: Feb 20 5:30- 7:30pm
All the works incorporate Iron
and manganese recovered from acid mine drainage in south west Pennsylvania. The
Non-profit recovering the materials is www.cleancreek.org

The exhibition features works by:

  • The Clean Creek Potters who are: Shelly Cubarney, Pamela Esch, Robert E. Isenberg, and Amanda Wolf 
  • Concord Ceramic Instructors: Norma Acord and Jamey Biggs
  •  Invited Artists: Linda Arbuckle (Florida), William Brouillard (Ohio), Susan Filley (North Carolina), and Matt Long (Mississippi) 

The glaze recipes
using the recovered metals are published in the catalog.

2012 Workshops at the Bray

Registration starts on January 11th.

Throwing, Altering, Assembling for Use
and Innovation

Instructor: Walter Keeler
March 16–17

Become a
Master of Plaster

Instructor: Nicholas Bivins
June 1–3

Mash and Mingle: Exploring the Decorative Impulse

Instructors: Matt Metz &
Liz Quackenbush
June 11–22

New Forms to Finish:
Soda Firing

Instructors: Matt Long &
Brad Schwieger
July 9–13

Cut and Construct

Instructor: Christa Assad
August 24–26

The Psychologically Charged Figure

Instructor: Christina West
September 21–23

Pottery as Site:
the Decorated Object

Instructor: Andrea Gill
October 19–20


Registration Information
Walter Keeler
Nicholas Bivins
Matt Metz & Liz Quackenbush
Matt Long & Brad Schwieger
Christa Assad
Christina West
Andrea Gill

For more information contact:
The Archie Bray Foundation
2915 Country Club Ave.
Helena, MT 59602
phone: 406/443-3502
e-mail: archiebray@archiebray.org

or visit their website.

A weekend away.

nice wood stack for the kiln

It’s been quiet around here for a few days I realize. Forgive me I took a break and went out to recharge my batteries. Not the computer ones, but the ones for my soul.

Matt taking a technology break

Peter attaching handles

The last few days I had the amazing opportunity to attend a workshop with Matt Long, Peter M. Brondz, and Robin Dupont. Organized by the most generous of potters, Martin Tagseth, the last few days consisted of a small intimate group of us taking over Martin’s studio and sharing studio tales, experiences and knowledge.

Some of Matt’s thrown cups

Robin altering a beer tumbler

For me it was a reminder that I’ve been in the studio alot lately, nose to the grindstone. I should have let up and had a break after my show went up at the Mendel, but instead I’ve gone straight into production for 4 upcoming market sales. Perspective was offered up to me this weekend. A reminder to live in the moment; the wealth and value of a life lived following your heart; and the necessity of amazing friends that understand you on a variety of levels. Old friendships were re-established, new ones formed, debates and conversations around the kiln fire offering the usual late night insight that one misses when alone in their isolated studio.

Robin and Matt finishing up some gorgeous teapots

My desire to one day return to throwing (someday….fingers crossed) was definitely re-kindled by the immensely talented artists, inspiration and insight into how others forge the path of a life in clay gave new perspectives and faith in my personal choices. And a late evening walk in the surrounding prairies invigorated my love of this land where I was born and raised.

sunset over the farm yard.

I’ve returned to the city, a little changed, a lot the same, in need of a good sleep, but most importantly immensely thankful to everyone that made this weekend happen.

Cheers to Martin, Mark, Peter, Robin and everyone!

A special treat for me was to see a cup of mine that i’d traded with Martin was getting some good use. Always nice.