Growlerfest 2018 @ NCECA

*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

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(in)visible @ NCECA

(in)Visible is a show by the group “We Are Not Invisible,” a community of artists hoping to break the silence within our world, in particular the clay community, and engage in honest discussions and education about sensitive and often taboo topics, beginning with an exhibition during the 2018 NCECA (National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts) conference in Pittsburgh PA.

Our Statement – As the 2016 election year and beyond have highlighted, deep currents of belief, experience, and culture divide our world. This exhibition highlights female and gender non-binary artists working in ceramics, who in some way feel invisible to the dominant culture. These artists represent a marginalized group in the field, often unrecognized and belonging to specific groups of race, gender, culture, religion, and/or physical and mental illnesses (commonly termed as “invisible”). For each of us, art is our voice and our way to make seen and heard what we are all too often told to keep silent about.

What We’re Doing – (in)Visible is not simply a show. As part of NCECA 2018 we will be represented on two panel discussions, and have both Facebook and Instagram pages that feature artists from all media and genres beyond the original group in an effort to bring even more voices to the conversation.

The Show: NCECA 2018 Concurrent Exhibition: (in)Visible
Location: Braddock Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
February 2- March 17, 2018
reception March 16, 5-9pm
Braddock Carnegie Library 419 Library St, Braddock PA
hours: T — Th 11-8, M, F 10-5, Sat 9-4

The Panels: NCECA 2018
Thursday March 15, 1:15pm-2:45pm Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom A. PANEL: THE ART OF OTHERNESS, Moderaator: Courtney Leonard Panelists: Habiba El-Sayed, Mac McCusker, Raven Halfmoon. The Art of Otherness features the experiences of ceramic artists who face challenges of belonging to a marginalized culture through ethnicity, religion and gender identity. This panel seeks to challenge diversity, and offer real solutions in tackling cultural invisibility in the ceramic community.

Thursday March 15, 4:00pm-5:00pm 301-303. PANEL: UNSPOKEN, UNSEEN: INVISIBLE, Moderator: Sarah Jewell Olsen Panelists: Sara Morales-Morgan, Jamie Bates Slone, Ashleigh Christelis. Being a working artist is difficult enough without facing the social and personal obstacles of a mental or physical illness. This panel aims to end the stigma and silence and start a conversation about mental and physical health with the artistic community, out of the shadows of invisibility.

T-shirt’s! We have T-shirt’s! Thingsmadegood.threadless.com is helping us out with the design (above) and the shop.

Website: www.wearentinvisible.org

Instagram: @wearentinvisible

wanna get a sweet deal on The Crafted Dish?

The Crafted Dish is a project brought to you as part of National Clay Week. Each October join NCW in a celebration of Clay in all its forms. Lindsay Oesterritter and Stephen Creech, began in 2015 to outline what would become the annual, National Clay Week. NCW started with the ambition of uniting and supporting communities and celebrating ceramics in all its forms.
Partnering with talented artists and thinkers has allowed NCW to accomplish more than originally imagined. With the initiative of the teams and partnerships, NCW has funded scholarship projects, raised money for charity, provided a resource for educators, brought more attention to what is happening with clay in local communities, and connected those local, grass-roots clay communities to global conversations.
All the artwork, recipes, essays, jurying, graphic design, marketing and support of The Crafted Dish has been donated by the many artists and organizations involved.It is our pleasure to offer this publication as a means to give back to the community. Proceeds from the sale of The Crafted Dish are being donated to The Stop Community Food Centre.
Mission: The Stop strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality. For over 30 years, The Stop Community Food Centre has been at the forefront of dignified, innovative programs that provide access to healthy food; build skills, health, hope, and community; and confront the underlying issues that lead to poverty and hunger. Our wide range of programs include drop-in meals, a food bank, community kitchens and gardens, perinatal and family support, civic engagement, and children and youth engagement.

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