October 5-7, 2018
Admission – All Weekend: $90.00
Special Student Rate: $70.00
Prices Include Meals
Affordable Lodging & Camping Available.
The Keystone Ceramics Forum is a great opportunity for ceramic artists from across Pennsylvania (and beyond) to come together for a fast-paced weekend of demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions, critiques, and discussions on Touchstone’s woodland campus. The programming will be led by studio professionals and emerging artists as well as faculty from colleges, universities, and arts organizations. It will be an opportunity for dialogue and collaboration between established and emerging makers from across the region.
The programming hub for the Forum will be the Great Room of Blaney Lodge. Touchstone will transform this gorgeous timber-framed space into a metalsmithing laboratory where demonstrators and lecturers can project their content onto the 15-foot high walls. Touchstone’s two galleries will be primed with open pedestals to host a pop-up exhibition highlighting the work of Forum attendees. Saturday’s demonstration marathon will end with an evening bonfire at Touchstone’s fire circle where attendees will be able to network, plan future collaborations, and just hang out. The event will conclude on Sunday with a panel discussion regarding the presentations, tips and techniques, as well as best practices for metalsmiths and jewelers.
Each attendee is encouraged to bring a piece or two of work to display during the pop-up exhibition. Small cards will be available to all for writing information and some basic display stands will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you prefer to bring your own display stand, please label it with your name. All work will be locked safely in the gallery during the event.
The $90 general admission and $70 student admission both include event entry and meals for the weekend. Inexpensive shared lodging is also available at an additional cost.
Accommodations for Friday and Saturday evening are available only to event attendees and are based on a shared rate (private rooms are unavailable due to the volume of guests on campus). Pricing for a dorm room, cabin, and camping is $70, $50, and $25, respectively. Attendees may request to share a room with another attendee; however, Touchstone cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled. Campers must bring their own tent and will have access to the bathhouse. All attendees lodging on campus who are not purchasing the $50 linen service must bring their own bedding, pillow, towels, toiletries, etc. as Touchstone does not provide these items.
Please be sure to note any special dietary needs to our office at least one week in advance of the event. Admission includes the following meals: Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner; and, Sunday continental breakfast. There is a guest refrigerator in the dining hall. Guests may also use the campfire for making snacks.
Demonstrations and Presentations:
‘Soft Slab Construction’
Hannah Pierce will demonstrate how she builds with slabs of clay to construct unconventional, perspective-altering forms. This demo will briefly introduce new ways one can bend and balance sculptural pieces.
Bio: Hannah Pierce is a ceramic sculptor and mixed media artist as well as the current Abilities Fellowship Artist at Baltimore Clayworks. She received her MFA in Ceramics from Edinboro University of PA and her BA in Studio Art at Humboldt State University of CA. Before graduate school, Hannah worked as an educator for people with developmental disabilities at The Studio and Cheri Blackerby Gallery, located in Eureka, California. Within Hannah’s work, her background in illustration, painting, and printmaking has allowed her to incorporate experimental surfaces and an abundance of loaded imagery. She has exhibited her work nationally in exhibitions such as The Clay Studio National as well as the The Clay Studio’s Graduate Student Biennial, the 50th and the 52nd Annual NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, and the Workhouse Arts Center’s 6th Annual Workhouse Clay International where she received the award, “Best of Show”. She was also awarded a Full Kiln God scholarship as a resident at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts.
For more information, please visit Hannah’s website at hannahmpierce.com and follow her on Instagram @hannah.pierce
Dan will demonstrate various dinnerware forms including plates, bowls, and cups while discussing pots for daily use. During his demonstration, he will talk about form and function, and also making commission work.
Bio: Daniel Tomcik is a utilitarian potter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Daniel first found his love for craft in a family run pizza shop, throwing pies. He received his BFA with a concentration in ceramics at California University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Daniel, fueled by the community aspect of craft and the technicalities of wood-firing became the wood kiln assistant at Baltimore Clayworks, firing the noborigama 18 times within nine months. Daniel also worked as a studio technician at Touchstone Center for Crafts, Standard Ceramics and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Daniel was hired as Studio and Grounds Manager at Touchstone Center for Crafts in 2017. He currently is working on establishing a collective/ studio in Pittsburgh.
For more information, follow Dan on Instagram @tomcikpots
‘Creating Trompe L’oeil Surfaces’
Clay has the unique ability to take on almost any form, texture, and hue. In this demo, Carly will discuss different methods of surface treatments for green and bisque ware, as well as underglaze and glaze applications. Although her techniques were developed in pursuit of the perfect brick wall surface, Carly’s techniques can be adapted for uses beyond trompe l’oeil to add visual interest to any form.
Bio: Carly Slade grew up in “Big sky Alberta”, Canada. She received her MFA from San Jose State University and her BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Her work is influenced by her blue-collar roots and plagued by a concern for the precarious nature of the working class. Using a mix of materials (most often including clay, embroidery, and building supplies), Slade creates dioramas of real places in an unreal perspective. Slade is currently the Artist in Resident and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA.
For more information, please visit Carly’s website at carlyslade.com and follow her on Instagram @carlyslade
‘Illustrated Surface Techniques’
In this demonstration, Kurt will create and decorate a slab built platter. The platter will first be constructed using a wooden template. Then, using his signature style, Kurt will demonstrate how he combines brush painting, sgrafitto and mishima to arrive at a finished surface composition.
Bio: Originally from the San Fransisco Bay Area,, Kurt now makes his home in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Kurt holds a degree in Education from the University of Wyoming and an MFA from Louisiana State University. He has participated in Residencies at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine, Penland School of Crafts, and The Archie Bray Foundation in Montana. In 2009-2010 Kurt was the Fergus Post-MFA Fellow at The Ohio State University. Kurt’s work is influenced by the folk pottery traditions of Asia and the Middle East, as well as a wide variety of contemporary sources such as advertising logos, graphic novels, and street art. By shuffling and recombining these proven formula, it is Kurt’s hope that the muse of familiarity appears cross-dressed as innovation.
For more information, please visit Kurt’s website at kurtandersonpottery.etsy.com and follow him on Instagram @kurtandersonpottery
‘Hand-building Using Basic Molds’
This demonstration will focus on using hand-building techniques to create sculptural and functional dinner ware with an emphasis on surface texture. Jeremy will demonstrate his approach to creating mugs, bowls, platters and center pieces using a verity of simple bisque, wood and plaster, drape/slump molds. Further discussion on surface finishes will include Jeremy’s approach to wood firing and soda firing techniques.
Bio: Jeremy Wallace is a wood and soda fire potter originally from Minnesota, where he began working with clay at community college. He received his BFA with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin Superior in 2009. Jeremy’s work uses form, texture, and atmospheric firing to capture the beauty of raw clay in the finished vessel. Interested in the community aspect of wood firing, Jeremy gained experience as a wood kiln assistant at Baltimore Clayworks for two years before completing a year long residency at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg, FL. Jeremy then returned to Baltimore in 2014 as the Lormina Salter Fellow at Baltimore Clayworks. His work has been exhibited nationally, and he has taught classes and workshops at multiple clay studios, including Touchstone Center for Craft. In 2016 he was chosen as a Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist. He currently resides in Baltimore and maintains his studio practice at Baltimore Clayworks.
For more information, please visit Jeremy’s website at jeremywallaceceramics.com and follow him on Instagram @wallaceceramics