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

GrowlerFest 2015 East + West – Upcoming events



GrowlerFest 2015 East + West is a project that will showcase the ties between the local food movement, craft beer, and ceramic art.

Project Art (Cummington, MA) is partnering with artist Bradley Klem
(Phoenix, AZ),The Eutectic Gallery (Portland, OR) and Portland Growler
Company (Portland, OR) to bring GrowlerFest 2015 East + West to the East
and West Coasts for the first time.

Project coordinators Alexandra Jelleberg and Bradley Klem’s aim is to
create a narrative about the link between the craft brewery movement
and the vitality of handmade pottery:

Through the intersection of collaboration and individual
aesthetic, we hope to spark investment in handmade objects among a group
of people who share a common interest. The enjoyment of food and drink
can be greatly enriched by the experience of using the beautiful work
artists so thoughtfully produce.

GrowlerFest 2015 East + West intends to connect artists working in
disparate ways and faraway places to both each other and the craft beer
movement by offering the surface of a growler as a way to collaborate
with one another, and an exhibition with functional and decorative
components to draw parallels and comparisons in form, style, design
and philosophy between local and global ceramic artists.

15 ceramic artists have collaborated on limited editions of ceramic
growlers that will be on exhibit at Project Art October 3–December 2.
Also on display will be vessels by local studio potters. Participating
potters include Ben Eberle, Robbie Heidinger, Tiffany Hilton, Jeffrey
Lipton, Maya Machin, Michael McCarthy, Robbie Heidinger, Steve Theberge,
Elenor Wilson. By appointment, contact Project Art at 701.471.9782 or click here to inquire.
Join us for a celebration with craft beer tastings, local food, and
ceramic art on Saturday, October 10, 5–7. Early bird tickets are $15,
$20 at the door.
Sunday, October 11, 10–12, join us for a potluck brunch
and slideshow presentation by artist Bradley Klem.
GrowlerFest 2015 Artists

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artKamp at Project Art • fall 2014

This fall, six ceramic artists from across the country and one from Australia will join together to work on a
collaborative venture at Project Art in Cummington, Massachusetts. Their objective is to produce a unified
tablescape installation that includes tableware, plates, serving pieces, and decorative centerpieces. The
experience is intended to provide an opportunity for the artists to explore the differences and
commonalities of their aesthetics, creative processes, attitudes, and working styles and methods
culminating in an expanded world view as well as the tangible ceramic work.

artKamp was envisioned by Vipoo Srivlasa, an Australian ceramic artist who works to promote
international interaction between artists through social media and collaborative projects. “Working in a
foreign country, I often question my assumptions about life, which ultimately helps me to become a better
artist. Facing cultural divergence helps me understand the conflicts and contradictions in issues regarding
race, religious, and sexual discrimination from personal, regional, and global points of view. This is why I
am actively involved in organizing projects that create opportunities for cultural exchange between artists

artKamp is supported by a generous grants from The Australia Council, a governmental arts funding and
advisory board, and the Lighton International Artists Exchange Program. LIAEP “works to make the world
a smaller place by giving artists of different cultures the opportunity to work together in the hope that
lasting friendship and understanding will develop.” 

The participating artists will be: Elenor Wilson, Massachusetts; Ben Carter, California; Chase Gamblin, Tennessee; Mara Superior,
Massachusetts; Bonnie Smith, New York; Francis Palmer, Connecticut; Alexandra Jelleberg, North
Dakota and Vipoo Srivilasa, Melbourne, Australia. 

Project Art will host the event in the studio of their renovated 19th century mill building as well as provide
organization, help, and support. Resident artists Elenor Wilson as well as Project Art director Alexandra Jelleberg will be on hand to assist.

Two artist salons will be held during the session. With the intention of sharing the experience beyond the
group, participating artists will offer visual presentations and welcome discussion. These events will take
place at Project Art on Friday, September 26 and Friday, October 3 from 6 to 9pm and include a potluck
dinner. They are free and open to the public but are limited to 30 people. RSVP by e-mail to 

To expand the reach of the project and build connections in the wider community, the artists will engage in
digital social networks during and after the project as well as podcasts produced by participant Ben Carter
of Red Clay Rambler.

artKamp participants will visit several local museums, galleries, and cultural hot spots. Studio Potter
Michael McCarthy in Goshen, Massachusetts, will welcome the artists to participate in the firing of his
wood-fired kiln. Guest artists who will visit during the final weekend include Sin-ying Ho, Garth Johnson,
Ayumi Horie, and Suwanee Natong. A final dinner during that weekend, by invitation only, will be served
on the art installation and in the process celebrate the completion of the project.

Project Art • 54 Main Street, Cummington, MA O1O26 • 413-446-O614

Funded Residency Opportunity – Deadline FEB 1st

Link to website for details –

restored 19th century former mill building located in the small town of
Cummington, Massachusetts. The funded residencies are intended to
provide a place and support for emerging and professional contemporary
artists, writers, curators or critics to complete a specific project.
International artists working in ceramics with an upcoming US exhibition
are encouraged to apply and produce
works in the US to avoid costly international shipping. Up to four
studio rentals are available for ongoing production of art either short
or long term. One funded resident studio is available for a 150 square
foot space in the shared group studio. Other spaces are available in
the group studio in 150, 200 and 400 square feet spaces and there is one
private, 800 square foot studio. Studio rentals rent monthly, include
basic utilities and cost $250, $300 and $350 accordingly. Artists have
24 hour access to their studio however between 8pm and 8 am it is quiet
work only. Artists are expected to maintain a relatively clean and
organized environment in their own and shared spaces.

Art only provides studio space. Housing, food, supplies, materials and
firings are not included. A list of local housing is available, some
within walking distance. While a car is highly recommended for a short
term residency it is possible to exist without one. There is a
hardware and general store within walking distance. Supplies can be
ordered and delivered in advance. Transportation to and from the
airport can be arranged.

For artists working in ceramics –
electric firings and spray booth are available on site. Supplies can be
purchased in advance and delivered. There are several wood kilns in
nearby studios that are potentially available to residents – a list can
be provided but all arrangements are the responsibility of the artists.

STUDIO RENTALS – same as the residencies described above, however, the
rentals are for year long terms, are not project based and can be

RESIDENCIES – Project Art seeks proposals for short
term artist residencies that range from a minimum of two weeks to a
maximum of three months. In 2013, the residencies are offered June 15 –
September 15. Proposals will be reviewed and chosen according to
individual merit, space needs and time availability. Each year, one of
the proposals is awarded a funded studio which is provided rent free for
up to three months. The funded residency is chosen from among the
applications submitted.

square foot studio space is available for up to three months. It
includes basic work tables and shelving, access to an electric kiln for
firing, shared workspace and public areas. Does not include cost of
firings or materials. Additional space may be available and is awarded
based on quality of project and studio availability.

A public
presentation of completed artwork or project is required at conclusion
of residency. The studio is not generally open to the public but there
are periodic public events, tours and visiting professionals.

APLLICATION DUE DATE – postmark February 1, 2013


February 1, 2013 | All applications will be reviewed by Project Art
director, Leslie Ferrin along with current studio artists. Artists will
be selected on the basis of quality of work, ability to produce work in
a group setting and potential for positive interaction with the
professional arts community in the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley and
Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts.

April 15, 2013 | Notification – accepted applicants will have two weeks to commit to attending the residency.

May 1, 2013 | Upon confirmation, a security deposit of $200 is due by
May 1, 2013 refundable upon completion of residency and return of space
to original condition. Written cancellation more than 30 days before
start date will result in return of 50% of deposit.

TO APPLY – our application package must include each of the following items. Incomplete packages will not be considered.

1. Completed application form.

2. FEE WAIVED for 2013 $15 non-refundable application fee – payable by check or money order to Project Art.

3. Ten images of recent work in jpeg format on a CD. (images must be at
least 72 dpi). Do not submit images embedded in a program such as
PowerPoint or as a .pdf file)

4. Image List stating Title, Medium and Size corresponding to the image file names.

5. Bio (100 words max.)

6. Artist Statement (500 words max.)

7. Curriculum Vitae

8. Two references with name and contact information.

9. Residency proposal letter stating your intended course of
exploration during your residency and space requirements and desired
time frame. (500 word max)

Please include a hard copy as well as a digital file of all documents on a CD.

Please mail or fax application to:

54 Main Street
Cummington, MA 01026

Contact: Leslie Ferrin
Cell 413.446.0614
Fax: 413.634.8833

If you would like your materials returned, please provide SASE