Conference-Related Exhibitions will include:
And the following exhibitions at the Alabama Power Gallery:
Visit with your friends from Olympic Kilns, Mid-South Ceramic Supply, Mecca Tools, Seger’s Pottery Tools and many other vendors.
Alabama Clay Market – Be sure to bring your cash, credit card or checkbook-or all three, because here is where you’ll find some beauties to take home for inspiration all year long! The Clay Market is open Thursday from 5-7, Friday and Saturday from 9-5.
The CERF Raffle – The Craft Emergency Relief Fund receives the funds raised through this raffle (you could win wonderful tools or supplies), and those funds help artists who have suffered studio disasters. CERF also helps with business plans, health and safety, insurance and emergency readiness.
The Georgine Clark Scholarship Fund Auction - Your donation (bring a work of ceramic art you made, that you are willing to donate) to this auction will help needy and grateful students attend Alabama Clay Conferences in the future.
Empty Bowls - Bring a Bowl. Donate it. It will be sold at a local special event to benefit food banks around the state of Alabama.
Participants’ Exhibition – Be a showoff and bring a special work of ceramic art you have created in the past year. We all want to see what everyone else is creating.
The (always popular) Mug Exchange, this year at the Good People Brewing Company – This is a blind swap. First you bring a mug you made. Next you admire all the mugs that other people brought. After and during the mug exchange, socialize with one another while you enjoy refreshments and live music. Finally, you leave with a mug made by someone else! Win, win, win.
Hands-on Workshops on Sunday - Keep your eyes peeled for a great lineup of hands-on workshops. Sign-ups will be available with your registration.
The Presenters this year for the Sunday Workshops are:
1) Ken Baskin, associate professor of art/ceramics at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, will share his unique techniques and processes in manipulating the soft and malleable substance of clay into highly industrial-looking artifacts of machines and machine parts. This hands-on workshop will be “geared” toward K-12 art educators as they develop ideas in planning three-dimensional arts experiences for their students.
Location: Birmingham Museum of Art
2) Cheryl Tall, internationally known ceramic artist, will share her passion for her work dealing with the human figure. She will demonstrate her coil building method in creating wonderfully animated characters filled with whimsy and humor.
Location: Birmingham Museum of Art
3) Tony Clennell, internationally known, second-generation, ceramic artist from Canada, will demonstrate his adventurous and playful methods of handling his functional forms. Tony will work with art teachers to help them improve their skills in teaching wheelthrowing and the creation of functional forms.
4) Tony and Rachel Wright, professors of art at the University of South Alabama, will bridge the gap between printmaking and clay through the use of current technologies. Rachel is highly involved with learning about laser printers and 3D scanning at the makers’ space in Mobile. She participated in a special workshop for this at Anderson Ranch this summer.
Order your T-shirt before January 27. They will not be sold at the conference! This design will be printed on a white T-shirt, and sponsor names will be tastefully printed on the back.