American Craft Forum presents Innovation in the Face of Adversity – ONLINE THIS FRIDAY!


We may be in the house, but it’s time we think outside the box. This FREE three-part online series is meant to be an inspiring, refreshing, pragmatic, and safe conversation space. We’ll explore innovations in our craft communities in the face of adversities and challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak. We want to hear from you about ways artists, writers, and organizations are creating unique solutions in a time of crisis.

Produced and presented in collaboration with American Craft Council, CERF+, Springboard for the Arts, and the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).

Part 1: Vulnerabilities, Disruptions, and Opportunities in the Marketplace

April 3, 2020, 2 – 3:15 p.m. CDT

Americans for the Arts is reporting a $3.6 billion impact on the arts sector due to the effect of the outbreak on operations through canceled events, lost wages, and other expenses. The business of craft has been disrupted at every level – from marketplace events to supply chains to retail and gallery outlets to small manufacturing production. What solutions are we seeing? How are artists and businesses adapting? What alternatives might we consider? Can we use craft thinking to design our way out of this?

Program Outline:

What have we learned?

  • Guest: Jackson Schwartz, co-founder of Hennepin Made, a glass lighting fixture company launched in response to the last economic recession @hennepinmade
  • Moderated Q&A: Where have we been and what have we experienced in the past and how did we overcome it?

What’s new about this scenario and what does innovation look like?

  • Guest: Ayumi Horie, founder of Pots In Action lauded for her pioneering use of digital marketing and social media within contemporary ceramics @ayumihorie
  • Moderated Q&A: Who else is innovating, changing, refocusing?

How do we coordinate new ways of working?

How can we take care of one another, ourselves and our community?

Part 2: Understanding the Impact and Pursuing Relief

April 10, 2020, 2 – 3:15 p.m. CDT

The nation’s arts and culture industry is experiencing devastating economic losses with closed venues and cancelled performances, exhibitions, and events as a result of the pandemic. With the passing of the $2 trillion emergency stimulus package that includes important provisions supporting the arts sector and creative workforce, there is still a lot to sort out for independent artists, entrepreneurs, and organization leaders. This series of online forums continues with this session devoted to helping you navigate what all this means for the craft sector and practical advice for pursuing relief.

Program Outline

What are we finding and why is this work important?

  • Guest: Ruby Lopez Harper, Mexican, mother, wife, dancer, photographer, poet, and social justice warrior. Ruby is also the senior director of local arts advancement for Americans for the Arts @americans4arts
  • Moderated Q&A: What other studies should we be staying focused on?

How has the craft field specifically been impacted and what sources of relief are out there – for artists, for businesses, for organizations?

  • Guest: Carrie Cleveland, artists advocate and assistant extraordinaire and education and outreach coordinator at CERF+ The Artists Safety Net @cerfplus
  • Moderated Q&A: What other needs should we be focussed on getting relief for?

How can we take care of one another, ourselves and our community?

  • Guest: Carl Atiya Swanson, manager of Springboard for the Arts’ Creative Exchange program, a national platform sharing stories of artists with impact and toolkits for change @springboardarts
  • Moderated Q&A: How else can we take care of one another, ourselves, our community during this time?

Part 3: Education Disruptions and Opportunities

April 17, 2020, 2 – 3:15 p.m. CDT

Our series continues by turning to the impacts COVID-19 has had on the education field. From residencies to education centers to higher education, the way we learn, teach, and educate has been turned on its head. We close our first round of the American Craft Forum by hearing from the education field – students, educators, and administrators – about new directions the field is turning to and what we’ve learned from this most recent disruption.

Program Outline

What impasses, roadblocks and challenges have our craft education systems faced in the past and how have we responded?

  • Moderated Q&A: Other examples?

How are education systems innovating and changing and moving forward with this?

call for entry: KC Clay Guild Teabowl National

sam chung image for teabowl show invite

Juror, Sam Chung. Entries due June 26, 2020.

Apply online:


Deadline for entries: June 26
Jurying complete: July 24
Notifications emailed: July 30
Deadline to send accepted work: September 30
Opening at Bredin-Lee Gallery, KCMO…5-9pm: October 2
Return of unsold work*: October 31


Best of Show ($500), 1st Runner Up (($300), 2nd Runner Up ($200).
Other prizes include Purchase Awards, equipment awards, gift certificates totaling over $1000.

resisters: Women in Clay Invitational @ Workhouse Arts Center – now online

Concurrent with the NCECA 2020 conference theme of Multi(VA)lent: Clay, Mindfulness, Memory, resisters presents a dynamic presentation of contemporary ceramic artwork by women artists from the state of Virginia. The exhibition connects and addresses themes of memory by focusing on the works of women in alignment with an important historical marker of the Workhouse site – the women’s suffragists movement.

The group show includes 19 artists and 37 pieces and considers the methods in which artists use clay to explore ideas of potency, power and unity. The exhibition is on view March 14 – May 10, 2020 in the Vulcan and Vulcan Muse Galleries at Workhouse Arts Center.

Due to the statewide closures from the Coronavirus outbreak, we have put this exhibit online! Enjoy the virtual exhibit, artist studio talks and artist statements HERE.

call for artists: Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award

2018 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award Recipient, Isaac Logsdon

2018 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award Recipient, Isaac Logsdon

The Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award (WMAA), founded in 2014, provides an opportunity for students and emerging artists to continue their ceramic research and education for a period of up to twelve consecutive months within the grant year, further expanding their professional development. This award is available to current undergraduate or graduate students, recent graduates (within one year), or those who have completed a university-equivalent training in ceramics (including apprenticeships) within the year prior to the application deadline.

During the grant year, the recipients can research a new technique or process, study with a mentor or in an apprenticeship setting, travel to other ceramic art centers or institutions for classes and workshops, collaborate with artists of another media, and travel. Proposals to fund large capital equipment purchases will not be accepted. One or two cash awards will be made in 2020, up to $3,000 each, for projects taking place between May 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021. Recipients contribute project updates to NCC’s social media and are required to give a public presentation at their school or other institution. See updates from past recipients at

This award is made possible through the support of generous individual and institutional donors in honor of MacKenzie’s legacy of ceramic education, both traditional and non-traditional.

The deadline for the Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award application is Friday, April 17, 2020, by 5 pm.

Find out more and apply here:

technical tuesday: Using a Clever Pottery Technique to Make a Ceramic Fruit Bowl | Où se trouve: Studio Laroche

How to make a big bowl! Would you be brave enough to do this pottery technique? Check out her bowls and lanterns on her website store:… Step into Studio Laroche, and you will find Catherine, a ceramic artist who designs and makes by hand every piece in her shop.

This video shows you the full process of Catherine making a bowl from wheel throwing a bowl, drying, trimming, bisque, glazing, and firing the final pottery piece. Her handmade pottery is made in small batches in a modern decor styles, so this artisan pottery is not your Grandma’s outdated China cabinet! In a world of mass-produced dishware, handmade pottery adds personality back into your kitchen and home. Her ceramics are the result of a love for art and passion for the craft. She writes “I design small batch collections of ceramic wares inspired by the beauty, simplicity and tranquility of everyday moments. In doing so, my mission is to nurture a healthy, happy way of life through objects that are equally beautiful, meaningful and useful.” Rigaud, Quebec has been home to Studio Laroche since the Summer of 2018. The studio is located in the heart of the town, cozily nestled in one of the oldest buildings in the region. With the shoreline of the river in the backyard and the mountain just a short walk away. If you ever find yourself in Montreal or Ottawa area – consider signing up to one of her wheel throwing pottery workshops where you too can create a ceramic pottery piece from scratch.

More details about pottery workshops and showroom hours are available on her facebook page:… Or if you’re interested in browsing online, you can purchase her pottery online here:

Stop by for a visit: See how the her pottery pieces are made and browse the showroom shelves during open studio hours or by appointment. See you there! ================================================ Visit Studio Laroche on the web ~ (◠﹏◠✿) ✪

Official website: