An eclectic group of ARTISTS take part in a celebration of nature and community through the ceramic arts, along with public art, music, dance, a fashion show, photography, and a big party!
Organized by James Simon and Whitney Smith, the exhibition includes artwork by Touchstone ceramic artists.
Exhibition Dates: March 13-18, 2018
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 1:00-6:00 pm (Wednesday 10:00 am-5:00 pm)
Reception: Friday, March 16, 7:30 pm until 1:00 am
EXPECT: AMAZING live music and great drinks. Organized by James Simon, Whitney Smith, and John Fleenor – all podium furniture created by Master Iron Worker John Walters.
MUSIC: starting at 10:00 pm FEATURES THE INCREDIBLE “Bombici” Psychedelic Balkan Music, LIVE!
WHERE: 305 Gist St., 15219, is a well-known art street 9 minutes from downtown where John Fleenor & James Simon both live and work. John’s 2,500 sf garage space will host the clay exhibit and fashion show. Simon’s three-story warehouse/studio/home, directly across the street will host the after-party.
TOUCHSTONE ARTISTS: Mark Arnold, Fred Herbst, Doug Jeppesen, Daniel Tomcik, Dan Scully, Matthew Hyleck, Stacy Larson, Yoko Sekino-Bové, Brett Kern, Didem Mert, and Travis Winters
INFO: James Simon, 412-434-5629, simonsculpture.com
The 52nd Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts will take place March 14-17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture, our theme for NCECA’s 2018 conference reflects Pittsburgh as a city of rivers, bridges, complex immigrant history, gritty perseverance, & reinvention.
This workshop will be about discovering and developing YOUR voice and telling YOUR stories through clay.
The artist’s voice is often constructed with the materials, structures, colors, surfaces, and techniques he or she chooses to use. Materials, functions, tools, and firing methods will be discussed and demonstrations to improve your technical skills will be shown. Since ceramic work often presents stories of its own, your creative challenge will be to establish a conversation with it and discover where that dialogue leads. We will use mid-range electric kilns to complete some projects. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.Register Now
Yoko Sekino-Bové was born in Osaka, Japan. She worked as a graphic designer before her passion for ceramic art took her on a new path. After receiving an MFA in ceramics from the University of Oklahoma, Yoko moved to Washington, Pennsylvania, and started working from her home studio. Her porcelain work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and most importantly, many private homes (mainly kitchens). Yoko participated in several residencies, such as the Arts/Industry residency at John Michael Kohler Art Center, the Archie Bray Foundation, and at Cerdeira Village in Portugal. Her work has also been shown in Canada, Portugal, Japan, Latvia, Turkey, Dominican Republic, and South Korea. Her works are featured in 500 Cups; 500 Platters and Chargers; 500 Teapots, volume 2; Humor in Craft, and Cast; as well as a variety of periodicals. Her technical articles are featured in the Pottery Making Illustrated magazine. Yoko also teaches ceramics at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania.
To see more of Yoko’s work visit yokosekinobove.com
Learn to make and use different tooling for texture and embellishment with hand, sledge, and power hammer.
In this workshop, we will discuss and explore different techniques with an emphasis on controlled material isolation and movement, and how all of these processes can inform design. You will then use what you have learned to execute personal forging projects of your own design. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.Register Now
Starting his studies of metalworking in 2006, Abe Pardee received his BFA in metals from the Appalachian Center for Craft in 2010. He subsequently worked for several professional blacksmiths and completed the two-year Apprenticeship Program at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2016, Abe opened Pardee Metal, LLC in Sparta, Tennessee, where he produces forged furniture, sculpture, home goods, and architectural ironwork. He has exhibited his work in museums and galleries around the country, is a 2010 Student Niche Award recipient, and has taught workshops at the Metal Museum and the Appalachian Center for Craft.
You will be amazed and proud of the work YOU can do in these workshops!
Cordwainer shoes are unique in the world of shoemaking. In this weeklong workshop ‘Making Classic Handmade Leather Shoes’ from July 9-13, using original tin patterns from the 1920s, students will learn about basic pattern making and then move forward from there. You will choose from an array of leathers and make your shoes to your exact foot measurement. From cutting the leather, lacing the uppers together, and then culminating with hand-lacing the soles to the uppers, your final product will leave you with a unique pair of Cordwainer shoes. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.Register Now
In this weeklong workshop ‘Leather Bag Design and Sewing’ from July 16-20, students will discover the basics of pattern making and creative ways to make knots and straps. Learning the beginning steps of sewing with leather on a portable industrial sewing machine, you will make three bags: a small zippered bag, a Molly bag, and a one-of-a-kind bag of your own design. A few of the designs offered are: cell phone purses and iPad and computer covers. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.Register Now
Molly Grant began leatherworking in her early twenties, first by working on her own and then by apprenticing at the Black Swan Leather shop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire—where she learned the basic skills of traditional leatherworking. Molly first saw Cordwainer Shoes when she was ten years old at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair, known nationally as the oldest craft fair in the nation. She became a juried member in 1989, and participated by showing her line of handbags. There, she had the opportunity to meet Paul Mathews, owner of the Cordwainer Shop. Within a few months’ time Molly was traveling to craft shows nationally with Paul and learning the Cordwainer art. Molly still makes handbags, but the main business is teaching shoemaking workshops at the Deerfield, New Hampshire shop and at craft schools across the country.
A casual atmosphere makes this week at Touchstone a rewarding adventure!
Natural shapes are all around us. You can incorporate rocks, leaves, and shadows as a supporting role to any subject. Watch how easily your painting (abstract or otherwise) will come alive when the foundation is interesting. The next step is to simply fill in those shapes with color. Watercolor basics, personal expression, and a number of other fun and creative topics will be discussed. Lessons are designed to encourage you to try new color and composition approaches that will spark ordinary subjects into exciting visuals. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.Register Now
Ron Thurston won the Keystone Award and Medal in the 2014 Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 35th Annual International Juried Exhibition at the State Museum in Harrisburg. Watercolor Artist magazine featured eight of Ron’s paintings in the April 2014 issue. A signature member of the American Water Society, he is also a past president of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society. He is a founding member of Pittsburgh Underwater, an exhibiting group of five, who started Watercolors Gallery—this gallery lasted for ten years. Ron has won three Aqueous Open Best of Shows and a Grumbacher Gold Medal. Ron won a silver medal at Adirondacks 2013 National Exhibition of American Watercolors and another award in 2014. He was accepted into the first five Signature American Watercolor Exhibitions at Fallbrook Gallery, Fallbrook, California. Ron’s reputation as one of the premier watercolor painters in western Pennsylvania brings many buyers to his work.
To see more of Ron’s work visit ronthurston.net