City Clay News
Potter Spotlight, by Jane Gilstad August 23, 2016 17:33
POTTER SPOTLIGHT-Harriet Mackie
Her advice is to explore all pottery options and don’t limit yourself to one avenue of expression until you have a good foundation of all the options and techniques.
Summer Classes May 31, 2016 18:01
ADULTS: In addition to our Summer Camp Membership for Adults, we have a number of beginning and multi-level classes running for 8 weeks in July and August. All adult classes come with Open Studio time so you can get in as much time as your schedule permits. You can also sit in on a comparable class if you miss one of our own.
WORKSHOPS: If a class just won't work for you this summer we have weekend workshops for beginners and those with some experience that might
You can see all of our classes and workshops under classes in our drop down menu or click
DOWN the RABBIT HOLE May 31, 2016 15:18
New Sculptural Ceramics by Steve Palmer
June 3- June 26
Please join us for the OPENING on
Friday, June 3, 2016
Artist' talk at 6:00
Summer Camp Membership for Adults May 31, 2016 14:38
NEW for this SUMMER 2016
Because summer schedules are often complicated, many people can't take a regular class in the summer, so we are offering Summer Camp Memberships for Open Studio time and Workshops. City Clay students who have had at least two regular classes with us or those who are qualified potters or sculptors are eligible for Summer Camp. You can work during our daytime hours, seven days a week, and Monday through Thursday nights. You can even plan time to work together with your previous classmates.
WORKSHOPS—are available for anyone, but if you are a summer Camp member you will receive discount on each one you take.
Having a flexible studio schedule can be a big help but the most exciting part of camp is immersing your-self in a workshop. A two or three day workshop is the equivalent of a regular class, but with more focus and fewer interruptions. You will be there to catch your pot or sculpture at just the right moment to trim, attach a handle, carve, or decorate. You will be able to get lost in thought as you detach from your regular responsibilities, and focus on your ideas with abandon. This may sound exhausting for some, but most people find it exhilarating.
Dates: Summer Camp Membership dates—July 5-August 29
Cost: Camp $200.00 for two months, plus a $40.00 discount for each workshop you take.
Cost: Camp without a workshop, $240.00 for two months
Registration: Please call or stop by to register for camp membership
The 21st Annual Artisan Studio Tour October 19, 2015 02:00
We are pleased to announce our participation in the 21st Annual Artisan Studio Tour on November 7th and 8th from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Nan Rothwell and Randy Bill will have their work on display in the Main Studio along with demonstrations by City Clay potters on the potter's wheel, in handbuilding, and with surface design. As always we will have lots of refreshments including coffee and tea served in our handmade mugs and SPUDNUTS of course.
Nan Rothwell: From the pottery down the gravel road to ... September 03, 2015 09:57
From the pottery down the gravel road to a national network:
Nellysford being somewhat isolated, Nan credits the emergence of the Internet with expanding her artistic influence. Starting in the mid-1990s she increased her involvement with various national groups such as the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and won election to the Potters Council Board. Her board membership led to participation at national and regional conferences, in turn sparking an ambition to do more teaching, especially workshops where she feels the learning flows two ways.
Her own introduction to clay certainly informs her approach to teaching: Nan loves sharing what she’s learned and encouraging new potters. As she says so well, “I had some wonderful teachers when I was first learning to pot, and teaching allows me to pass the favor on.” She honors especially Rosemary Zorza, Mick Casson, and Walter Keller.
Although she’s closed her own studio & school in Nellysford, she now teaches classes and specialized workshops at City Clay in Charlottesville. This fall she will teach a beginners and a multi-level wheel class, both on Tuesdays. In addition, she continues to teach workshops at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Shenandoah Potters School and at the Bay School in Matthews, VA. She’s also accessible through her instructional videos, which focus on throwing as well as glazing and decorating.
On a different level, she also originated “Clay Camp,” an occasional gathering of fellow potters to exchange ideas and techniques, share good food, and just enjoy the rich exchange among artists. Regular participants include well known Central Virginia potters Kevin Crowe, Nancy Ross, Becky Garrity, Elizabeth Krome, and most recently Randy Bill. The first camp, a multi-day potting event, was with Jim Lane. Nan traces some of her techniques to these Clay Camp experiences. And, of course, the bonds of friendship endure.
Last spring’s camp inspired Nan to put out a teapot challenge to a small group of colleagues and students at City Clay: looking for a different approach to lid-making on altered teapots, she challenged the group members to create a teapot a week for the gathering. Critiques were insightful and encouraging. This challenge now completed, City Clay members are already talking about organizing another informal exchange along the same lines.
The very immediate future is her upcoming exhibit opening Sept. 8 at City Clay with reception and artist’s talk on Friday, Sept. 11. It will features works just coming out of her stoneware kiln.
As a Juried Artisan and member of the Virginia Artisan Trail Network, Nan will participate in the Artisans Studio Tour the weekend of November 7 and 8, this year sharing space at City Clay with Randy Bill. As already noted, she continues to teach and inspire new students.
Reflecting on the past year when she moved to Charlottesville and left behind her solo studio, she recalls that she briefly contemplated giving up pottery after almost 50 years. Barely settled in Charlottesville though, she was seeking studio space. Fortunately, she’s found a home at City Clay.
What else lies ahead? Come to her opening reception and talk on Friday, Sept. 11 to find out.
Meet Nan Rothwell and Celebrate the Everyday Pot (Sept. 8-Oct. 3, Opening Sept. 11) August 30, 2015 16:39
Nan Rothwell: the back story − to Nellysford and Charlottesville via England and Crozet
(First in a series leading up to Nan's show, "Celebrating the Everday Pot", opening Sept. 8, 2015 at City Clay.)
Nan Rothwell, potter and teacher, describes herself as a good starter. That’s a modest statement from someone who plunged into pottery intensively by spending three years in England learning and practicing her craft in both private studios and at the Harrow School of Art. It’s also modest in light of her forty+ year career, which includes building kilns, launching and maintaining a gallery, starting a collaborative studio in Crozet, and establishing her own studio and classroom in Nellysford.
Her story is inspiring to others; her instruction gentle and encouraging.
At nineteen Nan took off to backpack in England. Along the way, she met and lived with potter Rosemary Zorza, spending six months with her. This was followed by two years of study at the Harrow School of the Arts in a specialized program designed to teach not only the skills of creating beautiful pottery but of managing a business, kiln construction and glaze creation – the full gamut to establish a pottery studio. Breaks from school were spent in production studios gaining more experience. After three years Nan returned to the States intent on finding a location to establish her own studio and possibly a cooperative with other artists.
She looked from New England south to the Blue Ridge of Virginia. New England, Sandwich MA in particular, looked enticing until she asked a fellow potter what the tall red flags outside his kiln shed were for. When he responded that they helped him find the kiln after winter snowstorms, she turned south, past her original home in Washington, D.C. Visiting the Albemarle County area to interview with the Innisfree Village, she found a place to call home upon meeting fellow potters, making friends and initially putting down roots in Crozet.
In Crozet she purchased a house to serve as both home and studio. There she built her first kiln based on her one-time experience at school in England and on a book she bought. Substituting the available 8-lb. bricks for the 1-lb. called for in the book didn’t go well, to say the least. But Nan is comfortable taking on challenges and figuring out how to make things work. For the magic and joy of clay, the lessons were worth it.
As Crozet began to grow, she and her husband Carter opted for a more rural life, buying land in Nellysford near friend and fellow potter Kevin Crowe. In fact, the two families interwove their lives in many ways, each bringing separate skills to house and studio construction, kiln building, pottery, and family life overall.
Watch for the next chapter about Nan, including her work and influences, teaching, and future plans.
Studio closed for summer break August 21, 2015 11:30
City Clay will be closed for a summer break from Monday August 24- through Monday, September 7, 2015. The studio will re-open for the fall schedule on Tuesday, September 8.
Class registration is open, so sign up today for your fall class!
September 8 - October 3, 2015: Celebrating the Every Day Pot August 20, 2015 11:30
Opening Reception and Artist Talk, Friday, September 11, 5:30-7:00
July 4 Opening, 5:30 - 7:00: Comics and Characters June 30, 2015 10:40
Kathy Doerr and Tom Elliott
Opening: July 4th, 5:30 - 7:00
Show: July 4 - July 31
Summer classes & workshops May 25, 2015 08:56Check out the fabulous offerings of summer classes and workshops for adults. (Note that workshops now have a registration deadline. Don't miss out: register early by phone at 434.293.0808 or by email at email@example.com.)
Forms & Texture in Black & White April 01, 2015 17:44
Ted Sutherland, April 28 - May 31, 2015
Out of the Heart and Into the Fire March 01, 2015 17:41
Kevin Crowe Exhibit, March 31 - April 26, 2015
Open Studio Hours (for currently enrolled students) January 21, 2015 10:02
Open Studio hours for students enrolled in Spring 2015 classes: April - May 2015 Monday night 6:30-9:00 Tuesday 12:00-9:00 Wednesday 12:00-9:00 Thursday 12:00-9:00 Friday 12:00-6:00 Saturday 10:00-6:00 Sunday 12:00-5:00
Steve Palmer, October 2014 October 01, 2014 17:00
Gallery exhibition: October 10-November 2, 2014
Join us for an opening on October 10* from 5:00-7:00 pm with a lantern exhibit to follow on the deck.
*Please note, this is not a normal First Fridays opening.
Summer Kids Camp August 20, 2014 08:18
Judd Jarvis: Opening, March 13 and Exhibit, March 13 - 29, 2015 March 01, 2014 17:36
March 13: Exhibit opening, 5 to 7 pm Artist's talk, approximately 6:30 pm March 13 - 29: Exhibit & sale
Judd Jarvis -- potter, teacher, and glaze master opens his show at City Clay Gallery on Friday, March 13th, with a talk and reception, 5 pm to 7 pm. Jarvis focuses on function: the balance, heft, beginnings, endings, and proportions of each pot. He combines wheel throwing and hand-building techniques to create his unique salt-fired work.
Judd states, "Each firing is a little different. Each time I learn a little more. Each unloading stokes the fire to keep working and looking for that balance." For more on Jarvis and an online gallery of his work, visit Jarvis Ceramics.
Garden Inspired, April 2013 April 01, 2013 17:30
Fresh new local pots and sculptures, inspired by or for the garden, from City Clay artists and friends.
April 5-May 12th
Please join us for a First Friday Reception
April 5 • 5 – 7:30 pm
Pure Madi at City Clay, February 2013 January 20, 2013 17:28
Gallery exhibit open: Jan 25-Feb 1
First Friday reception: Feb 1, 5:00-7:00City Clay is pleased to host an exhibit by the non-profit Charlottesville-based organization PureMadi for their new and exciting development in water purification. The MadiDrop is a small ceramic disk that when dropped into a water container, passively purifies the water. It is small, inexpensive, and easily transported. The use of these discs has far reaching implications for everything from disaster relief to water challenged communities. PureMadi efforts are currently directed to rural South Africa, where there is an unfortunate confluence of low-quality water and high rates of HIV infection. The organization is working to train local South African potters to fabricate these water filters and purifiers to stimulate local enterprise and provide a sustainable, community-based solution to regional water quality problems. PureMadi will host its one-year anniversary celebration and auction at Alumni Hall on Friday, February 8th. Tickets are available at www.puremadi.org.
'Tis The Season Holiday Shop December 2012 December 02, 2012 00:00
You've seen the mugs, but you haven't seen everything else. Our Holiday Shop has expanded and new items are arriving weekly - just as quickly as we can get the kilns fired! Stop back frequently to check out all the new ceramic gifts available, and...
Join us for a First Friday Opening Work by local potters, wheel demonstrations and food–of course! Fri, Dec 7 5:00-7:30
Mug Up, November 2012 October 25, 2012 15:30
October 30 through November 25
First Friday: Friday, November 2nd from 5-7:30 pmA show and sale of affordable cups, mugs, teapots, and domestic ware by guest and City Clay potters. Find the perfect, made-in-Virginia gift for a friend or yourself. Don't miss our special First Friday Opening with the 18th Annual Artisans Studio Tour Kick Off Reception. Join our Facebook Page to get updates on this special event and all the other exciting happenings at City Clay.
Global Color, October 2012 October 01, 2012 00:00
A Year of Solo Travel
INDONESIA » JAPAN » INDIA » GHANA » UGANDA » TANZANIA
An installation and talk about people, clothing, and travel by annie temmink
October 5 – 31, 2012
Join us for a First Friday opening reception
Oct. 5 » 5 to 7:30 pm » artist talk at 6 pmWeaving demonstration and sale of work by the International Rescue Committee's Women's Cooperative With a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, Annie spent the last 12 months making bark cloth, pummeling roots and sewing with tailors to study ancient and modern fashion in some of the world’s most spectacular places. Contact Annie at artemmink.com
One Year, September 2012 September 01, 2012 00:00
Come Join Us In Celebrating Our First Anniversary
New work on display from our teachers, members, advanced students, and special guest artists*
September 4 - September 30
Please join us for a First Friday Reception
September 7 • 5 - 7:30 pm
*If you are interested in submitting work for possible inclusion into the show, please email Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org. All art must be at the studio no later than Sunday, September 2. Restrictions apply:
- Work must have been made at City Clay during the last year.
- Work should not have been displayed in any other show at City Clay.
- Final inclusion of all work is at the discretion of City Clay Staff.
Joy - A Clay Spectrum - Members Show and Sale, June 2012 June 01, 2012 00:00
May 29 - June 24
Please join us for a First Friday Reception June 1, 5 - 7:30 pm
The creative process is both exhilarating and at times terrifying. The feeling of clay in your hands, endless discoveries, the gradual mastery of a process, time and space for a completed thought, the physical realization of an idea—such wonder and deep satisfaction. But what should I make, I’m not creative, what if it’s not good, I can’t even draw a straight line, what will I do with all these bowls. There are so many questions and insecurities that keep people from pursuing and enjoying their creative impulses. People with some previous, even professional clay experience, and others without any clay experience created the work in this show; all of them have responded to a deep call to create. Their work is inspired and born of many failed attempts, disappointing lessons, and triumphant successes—there is great JOY and celebration in this collection of work.
CLAY WORKS – Area High School Ceramics Show, May 2012 May 05, 2012 00:00
City Clay is now accepting submissions for the Juried High School Ceramics Show
Application deadline March 30, 2012
Exhibit: May 1 – 27, 2012Eligibility: Central Virginia High School juniors and seniors working in ceramics are invited to submit their work for a juried exhibit of high school ceramics. All work should be made solely by the student submitting it, it should be original, and it should be made of fired clay. Although mixed media is acceptable, the majority of the material used must be clay. Teachers at City Clay will judge the work. Students must be in a public school, a private school or home schooled in Albemarle County, the City of Charlottesville, or in any of the surrounding counties including Green, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Nelson. Link to Submission Forms High School Juried Show Forms for Teachers
MAY 1 – 27
Please join us for a First Friday Reception
May 4, 5 to 7:30 pmCeramics students from Albemarle High School, St Anne’s-Belfield School and Western Albemarle High School are participating in City Clay’s first High School Ceramics Show.
Linda van der Linde and Suzanne Crane April 2 – April 29 April 02, 2012 16:30Opening Reception • Friday, April 6, 5 – 7:30 pm
Executive Retreats and Parties March 27, 2012 16:32
City Clay offers more that just classes . . .
Team Building / Executive RetreatsCity Clay offers a unique environment for your executive retreat. Our 2-3 hour “Try It” workshop accommodates up to 16 participants. Teams are encouraged to explore creativity and collaboration while learning to throw pots on the wheel, sculpting a portrait, or hand building with clay. Multiple day workshops are also available. Call and let us help you design a retreat for your office or organization.
Have a party at City Clay!
Everyone has fun when they get their hands in the mud. Let us help you plan a memorable event – starting with kids as young as five.
WorkshopsCheck the schedule and watch here for updates about upcoming workshops by visiting potters.
Michael Hough February 28 – April 1 February 10, 2012 17:01
First Friday Reception • March 2, 5 to 8 pm
Cub Creek, February 2012 January 31, 2012 11:00
An Exhibition by the Resident Artists of the Cub Creek Foundation of Ceramic Arts
January 31 – February 26
First Friday Reception, February 3, 5–8 pm
I started my education at Ball State at a time the aesthetics was dominated by abstract expressionism. My heroes were, and to some extent still are, Robert Motherwell, Wilhelm DeKooning, Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell and Tapies. After committing to clay as a medium I was deeply influenced by Pete Volkous, Kitaohji Rosanjin and Kanashiga Toyo all who moved clay much as the expressionist painters approached painting. Over the years I, as all serious artists, have struggled to find my own voice and yet those early influences continue to dominate my work. I respond to clay forms that clearly show the hand of the maker. Visit John's website
Mitch Iburg received his Bachelors of Arts in 2011 from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA where he assisted in the design and construction of the school's first wood firing kiln. He has participated in several national juried exhibitions throughout the country. Currently, he is a ceramic artist in residence at The Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA. During his residency he has helped build an 80 cu ft anagama and a wood fired soda kiln. His research of native clays and wood firing fuel a desire to create work that reflects the essence of his location.mitchiburg.com
Kendra SparksI use a slip trailing method of drawing onto clay in conjuncture with other print making methods, referencing images of a personal and public nature, on functional ware and sculpture. I have an obsession with signs of industry and illusions of safety. I’ve grown up within the context of the industrialized model of consumer culture. A conveyer belt outlook that places little or no value on the consequences of our production mentality. My work is not exempt from this industrialized model of thinking. My place in this culture has become defined by the symbols I choose to juxtapose on my work. Symbols that are inherent to our society, which have become neatly bound to physical and mental markers in our daily lives, constructing our geographical and psychological landscape. By way of this symbolic language, I find narrating on forms a way to find personal meaning and purpose within the context of my daily life.
Pure Madi Exhibit, January-February 2012 January 12, 2012 00:00
PureMadi seeks to establish sustainable business enterprises in South Africa.PureMadi, a nonprofit foundation, is a collaboration of faculty and students at the University of Virginia. The company manufactures ceramic water filters using local materials and labor in communities with unsafe water reserves. PureMadi hopes an initial factory in the Limpopo Province of South Africa will serve as a model for factories throughout the region and the developing world. Their goal is to produce 100,000 filters per year and thus improve the water quality for half a million people. PureMadi is the brainchild of Rebecca Dillingham, Professor of Medicine, and James Smith, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UVa, and has earned the financial support of such public health luminaries as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. In addition, PureMadi, (madi-the African word for water) has gained the backing of UVa’s Third-Year Student Council and the Engineering and Applied Science Student Council. The primary focus of PureMadi is the development and distribution of ceramic water filters for household use to help combat the high rates of gastrointestinal infections and develop solutions to global water quality problems. Since filters can be manufactured with local materials and labor, funds are returned to local communities thus promoting a sustainable business enterprise. The inaugural celebration for PureMadi is planned for Friday, February 10, 2012, in the Jefferson Ballroom of Alumni Hall at the University of Virginia from 7-11 p.m. A ticket price of $40.00 includes dinner and dancing to 180 and Beliza Brasil; a silent auction augments the company’s mission. www.PureMadi.org. Contact: Randy Bill, City Clay, 434.293.0808, email@example.com www.cityclaycville.com For additional information, Contact: Jim Smith, PureMadi, 434.996.3615, info@PureMadi.org, www.PureMadi.org
Holiday Shop, December 2011 December 01, 2011 17:32
Join us First Friday, December 2, 5-8 pm
The shop is full of holiday gifts made by City Clay members, students, teachers and regional artists
Robin Campo, November 2011 November 11, 2011 00:00
KNOCK ON WOOD
Artist Bio Breakfasts watching birds and excursions in fishing boats interlace with childhood memories and Looney Tunes influences. Images and thoughts tease each other, compose odd ditties, create mosaics of meaning. The vein of whimsy coursing through my work reflects an enjoyment balancing ceramic illusions with American cultural references. Manipulating clay and creating trompe-l’oeil glazed surfaces becomes my expressive outlet for these relationships. Interpreting the world in clay becomes a mirror of the confusion, delight, perplexity and excitement I feel about the odd turns a curious life takes. My references are designed to evoke shared memories and tickle a common ground.
Biography In 1963, Robin’s family moved to New York City where he was introduced to art and the contemporary work of the time. Several years later, the family returned to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where Robin grew up. He attended Louisiana State University, receiving his BFA in 1984. In 1988 he completed his MA in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. He has shown his work throughout the United States and as far away as Auckland, New Zealand.
Education Ceramics Major, Master of Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1988. Ceramics Major, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1984.
Inclusions/Books The Yxing Effect Teapots: Artists and Collectors 500 Figures in Clay DESIGN! A Lively Guide to Basics for Artists & Craftspeople Handbuilt Tablewear New American Paintings The Artful Teapot 500 Teapots Surface Decoration for Low-Fire Ceramics The Ceramic Design Book The Fine Art of the Tin Can Inclusions/Magazines American Style American Craft Ceramics Monthly
Local Master Potters, October 2011 October 31, 2011 00:00
Janice has been a full time potter since graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied clay and received a BFA in sculpture. She is co-owner of the Barn Swallow Gallery in Charlottesville. She resides in the city with her husband John and dog, Petie. She balances work in the studio with maintaining the gallery and does a number of shows to expand her realm with new ideas, galleries and new faces … which always inspire. www.thebarnswallow.com
Trew Bennett, owner of Buck Creek Pottery, is inspired by Southeast Asian ceramics and by the ancient and timeless traditions of production, folk-craft pottery. Trew offers ware for table and specialty cuisine, as well as large planters and garden urns. Teaware for Chanoyu, Japanese Tea Ceremony, is a specialty. buckcreekpottery
Tom Clarkson has been a working potter since graduating from Ohio University in 1978 with an MFA after receiving a BS in ceramics at Mansfield State University. Tom has been teaching ceramics at Piedmont Virginia Community College since 1983, first as an Adjunct Ceramics Instructor and since 2006 as Professor of Art/Ceramics. His artwork is included in the Corsaw Collection of Funtional American Ceramics, Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH, and Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC.
Kevin Crowe wood fires Asian-English inspired pots. He has taught workshops throughout the United States and Great Britain focused on wood firing, large-scale throwing and tea bowls. Kevin lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with his wife Linda and studio companion/dog Tem. www.kevincrowepottery.com