Ceram-A-Rama 2016 Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

a benefit for the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
at the ASU Art Museum Brickyard

We’re getting ready for a high-energy party!s

Ceram-A-Rama 2016 will be an unforgettable night of drinks,
appetizers, silent and live auctions and music at the ASU Art Museum
Brickyard. This year’s event honors Paul J. Smith, director emeritus of
the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, on the occasion of his
new exhibition of artist portraits at the museum. The festivities also
coincide with the 15th Annual Self-Guided Ceramic Studio Tour
organized by the CRC Artists Advisory Committee, Feb. 20–21, 2016.
While you’re here, experience the full spectrum of ceramics in the
Phoenix-metro area with a special VIP package.

Ceram-A-Rama VIP Package includes:

  • Evening tour kickoff event on Feb. 17 with Ceramic Studio Tour artists;
  • Two-day bus tour of the valley led by retired
    Ceramics Research Center curator Peter Held, Feb. 18–19 – visit
    collector’s homes, artist studios, local cultural attractions and
    private receptions (detailed information for the bus tour);
  • Reserved seats for a special lecture with Paul J. Smith;
  • Exclusive dining and shopping opportunities; and
  • VIP admission and seating at the Ceram-A-Rama party
    at the ASU Art Museum Brickyard, Feb. 20, where we’re hosting live and
    silent auctions of regionally and nationally renowned artists.

Get your tickets now!

•$500 Two – Day VIP Bus Tour Package per person
Includes: VIP Ceram-A-Rama Ticket
•$650 VIP Ceram-A-Rama table of eight
•$100 VIP Ceram-A-Rama ticket per person
Includes: Ceram-A-Rama Ticket plus
Auction preview
Reserved seating for lecture by Paul J. Smith
VIP reception with Paul J. Smith
Reserved seating at Ceram-A-Rama
Pre-paid parking at the Brickyard
•$35 Ceram-A-Rama ticket per person
•$25 Ceram-A-Rama Early Bird ticket per person (end Feb. 13)
Open bar and complementary appetizers
Live music and dancing
Silent and live auctions
Free parking in Lot 20 near ASU Art Museum (Mill &10th)

To reserve your VIP package today, or to inquire about donation of
artwork and volunteer opportunities, contact Mary-Beth Buesgen at Mary-Beth.Buesgen@asu.edu.


Masquerade – Opens this friday!


Tune into the mystery and excitement of the masquerade! This
exhibit is a combined juried/curated show, with artwork from artists who
were intrigued by the theme and applied, as well as art work from
artists invited to share their work. There are literal masks and there
are metaphorical masks, there are figures and faces and totems.
Santa Fe artist Max Lehman juried and curated the show creating a
bewitching experience. Lehman juried local and regional artists who
answered our call for artists. He also invited fellow artists from all
over North America who sent work from as far away as Canada and Hawaii.

Fuller Lodge Art Center – 2132 Central Avenue – Los Alamos, NM 87544 – 505-662-1635

medalta international cup exhibition wrap up

Well it was a whirlwind weekend. I traveled to Medalta to open the Medalta International Cup show and meet with a new group of resident artists; some which will be around just for a short month long stint, others staying up to a year. But more on them later. The cup show is really what I want to talk about first.

From the first minute I found myself surrounded by the actual cups in person I had a bit of a chill. And possibly a panicked sweat as well. While I knew what to expected since I had been the one selecting the work; I truly hadn’t prepared myself for seeing them in the flesh. To be honest I was taken aback by some of the work. The scale of pieces differed so much that I saw them in a different light. Others, I found, had details that had not come through in the images I’d seen making them even more impressive in person. I had prepared a short list of who I thought would take the prizes, but I soon found myself starting from scratch and looking over each piece one at a time all over again. Each piece was picked up, fingers were run over bottoms, handles were tested, glaze details were drooled over. But suddenly I was saddled with the weight of my decision. Medalta and the Medicine Hat College put forth what I think is one of the best prizes out there. A month long residency with accommadations! If only there could be a way for the juror to win….kidding. But it is a huge prize and I needed to be able to justify my decision. One cup out of 150 cups was going to have to stand above the others.

I narrowed my list and went back hourly to reevaluate and in the end I chose this beautiful piece titled “Ugly Monkey” By Kyoungwa Oh of the USA as our top prize winner. I assure you this piece is beyond delectable in person. My camera phone image does it no justice.

Congrats to you, Kyoungwa Oh!

Student prize – supplied by none other than Ceramics Art and Perception and Ceramics Technical, went to Melanie Sherman

The following works were also purchase prizes for the Medalta Collection:

Chiho Tokita

Max Lehman

Mary Philpott

Claire Prenton
Megan Puls

I was supper thrilled to see how many of the artists were in attendance
at the opening. So special to be able to share this night with you all.

Cheers and congrats to all of the artists in the exhibition. Thanks to each and everyone of you for making beautiful work. Thanks to all the amazing staff at Medalta who worked overtime on this project (even in a post flood renovation zone). In particular three people: Aaron Nelson for getting the idea off the ground; Jenna Stanton for overseeing the project logistics and administration, and for installing a beautiful show in a manner that highlighted each artists work; and Quentin Randall, Medalta’s resident web designer and marketing/promotions staff. Thanks to all the Medalta staff that helped out with this project.  Thanks to Medalta AIR, Medalta College, and Ceramics Art and Perception and Ceramics Technical for supplying the awards.

Oh Medalta, you have a special way of bringing the clay world
together; of supporting and promoting international and Canadian craft
and artists. We artists love organizations like that. Keep up the amazing work.

Over the next while I’ll be posting a lot of eye candy from the award winners and some of the artists from the exhibition. Please stay tuned for that.  In the meantime head on over to Medalta in person or online to pick out a cup for yourself before they’re all gone!

Upcoming at Santa Fe Clay:

Register by calling 505-984-1122

New 7 Week Classes Begin May 28th
Full schedule and class descriptions will be posted soon                
Weekend Workshop

Stay Weird
Instructor: Max Lehman

May 18 & 19
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

will work with Max as he explores the spontaneous side of the creative
process. Demonstrations and activities will be geared towards working
fast and not over-thinking. Technical demonstrations will include
simple slab techniques such as slump and drape molding. Max will also
show how to use these slab techniques in combination with slip-cast
objects. Finally, Max will show how simple underglaze application can
tie it all together

In the Gallery

April 19 – May 25

Christa Assad, Hayne Bayless,
Jason Bige Burnett, Linda Cordell,
Thaddeus Erdahl, Kelly Garrett Rathbone, David Hicks, Steven Hill, Marilyn Lysohir, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas

April 26 – June 1 

Eliza Au, Nathan Craven,
Heather Mae Erickson, Del Harrow, Elizabeth Hunt, Maren Kloppmann,
Jae Won Lee, Julie York.