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UF Ceramics Pre-Conference

Nan Smith will be demonstrating life casting from a live model using rubber molds, algisafe, and plaster, and will be building a partial life-size figure in studio. This will be a lively, fast-moving workshop on the figure by an expert artist/craftsman.
Kathy King will address throwing in parts to create stacked flower holders based on the historical forms of Delft stacked tulip holders - but with a serious twist. Kathy will discuss decisions about composition of surface imagery on the form, and will reveal methods of using humor to seduce the viewer (as well as some tales of foibles and follies in using this technique!)
Kevin Snipes
Kevin says, “I often use written text in the form of cartoon-like word bubbles, or notation-like scribbling to give the viewer clues into the unfolding stories. People I know become quirky child like representations of themselves, and fodder for true or completely bogus tales. I like to think of my work as “sweet and spicy”; not too much of either, with a good dash of humor. There is an uncertain sense of edginess or mystery that offers the viewer just enough information, so that they can extrapolate his or her own stories.”
Kevin will show building and surface methods and talk about the ideas that inform his works.
Details left on the presentations for the UF Ceramics Pre-Conference. For information with links see:  
March 27th – 28th
Events include a Sunday evening reception for the national juried show at UF's Harn Museum, Alchemy: from Dust to Form. The online catalog is lovely, but the works in person are wonderful.
Join us for an evening and a day of inspiring and informative talk and visuals, meet new friends in clay. The time spent in conversation with the artists while they work will be a special experience.

UF's Harn Museum has a great national, juried clay show, "Alchemy: from Dust to Form", juried by Nan Smith and Kathy King mounted in the lovely rotunda space. For people driving through, it's about 5 minutes off the Archer Rd. exit of I-75, and has a nice cafe downstairs for lunch. Admission is free. See the Harn web site for hours:
Alchemy catalog online:  
The Harn is normally closed Mondays, but said they would make special arrangements the Monday before NCECA. If people stop in at the front desk and say there are there to see the Alchemy show, you can visit that one gallery. The Harn also has up a good show of African textiles, and has Asian art, including a lot of ceramics, from the permanent collection up. It's worth a stop during regular hours if you're driving. Next door is the Natural History Museum, also free. Their butterfly rainforest does have an admission fee, but the landscaping is quite lovely and it's a beautiful space. They have a window facing the museum hallway where they have rows of crysalises with hatching butterflies.
There are a number of pre-conference shows up in Gainesville at the Thomas Center, Oak Hall School gallery (close to the Newberry Rd I-75 exit), and on UF's campus, including the first of 2 MFA thesis shows. Ceramics MFA students Charlie Cummings (ceramic sculpture, print on clay, and video), Brian Weaver (figurative ceramic sculpture), and Chris Pickett (handbuilt vessels) will have impressive thesis shows up at this time.
More info about Gainesville shows:
(1) The Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall High School - 8009 SW 14th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32607  (352)332-3609
Title of Show:  INTERSECTION: UF Ceramics Undergraduates
Description of Show: This exhibition will feature the art work created by junior and senior ceramics students at the University of Florida. Housed in the beautiful Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall School in Gainesville, the work on display will represent a new generation of artists, both sculptors and potters, and the diversity present within the UF Ceramics educational mission.
Exhibition Dates: March 9- March 29, 2011
Days and Hours the Gallery Will Be Open During NCECA (March 30th – April 2nd, 2011):
Gallery will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm during the University of Florida NCECA Pre-Conference on Sunday March 27th and Monday March 28t. .
Reception Date and Time: Sunday March 27,-2:00- 4:00 pm
(2) The Thomas Center Mezzanine Gallery, 302 NE 6th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32601-5476  (352) 334-5067
Title of Show:  CURRENTS: PAST AND PRESENT                                                            
Description of Show: Currents: Past and Present, is a juried exhibition featuring a vast array of sculpture and pottery created by University of Florida alumni and current students. Exhibited works were created during the last two years by these recognized and emerging talents. Past and Present was juried by Anna Callouri-Holcombe, Professor of Art, UF Ceramics. The exhibition is sponsored by H.O.T. Clay, the UF Ceramics student organization. Currents, is an annual national juried ceramic exhibition started by volunteers of H.O.T. Clay in 2008.
Exhibition Dates: March 26-May 31
Days and Hours the Gallery Will Be Open During NCECA (March 30 – April 2, 2011):
M, W, F 8am-5pm, Tu 8am-7pm, Sat 1pm-4pm
Reception Date and Time: Monday March 28th 2011 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
(3) The Focus Gallery at the University of Florida Main lobby of Fine Arts building C, on the University of Florida campus, Inner Drive and 13th Street, (352)273-3000
Title of Show:  INTERSECTION
Description of Show: A juried exhibition of current 1st and 2nd year graduate MFA candidates and Post Baccalaureate students from the University of Florida Ceramics Program.  Steve Howell served as juror for this exhibition. Steve Howell an award-winning studio potter known for his colorful earthenware vessels maintains a studio in Gainesville, Florida.
Exhibition Dates: March 21th – April 1, 2011
Days and Hours the Gallery Will Be Open during NCECA (March 30th – April 2nd, 2011):
Monday – Friday 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: Closed
Reception Date and Time: March 28th -  6pm-8pm
(4) The Dean’s Atrium Gallery at the University of Florida Main Lobby of Building Fine Arts A on the University of Florida campus, access by Inner Drive and 13th Street.
Description of Show: An exhibition of selected intimate works created by Kathy King, Nan Smith and Kevin Snipes.
Exhibition Dates: March 21th – April 8, 2011
Days and Hours the Gallery Will Be Open during NCECA (March 30th – April 2nd, 2011):
Monday – Friday 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: Closed
(5) The University Gallery at the University of Florida - 102 Fine Arts Building B, Gainesville, FL 32611, 13th Street and inner Drive on the University of Florida campus. (352) 273-3000
Title of Show: MFA I CANDIDATES EXHIBITIONS (featuring ceramics by Charlie Cummings, Chris Pickett and Brian Weaver)
Description of Show: The University Gallery presents an exciting exhibition of artwork by graduating MFA students. Media represented include ceramics, installation, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video, and works on paper. Participating Artists include: Charlie Cummings, Chris Pickett, Brian Weaver, Jill Mullins, Josh Cajinarobleto, Garima Thakur, Nathan Shkrab  Charlie Cummings exhibition is focused on the Florida springs represented in a mixed media installation of silkscreened ceramic tablets, video projections with ceramic and glass artifacts. Chris Pickett’s constructed vessels reflect his interest in contemporary painting and design. His luscious glazes enwrap plush and ingratiating forms that use the vessel format to convey a sense of comfort. Brain Weaver’s installation and grouped figures show a theatrical display of the abject using the puppet and director as metaphors for control.
Exhibition Dates: March 22 – April 1 with reception March 18 7-9 pm
Days and Hours the Gallery Will Be Open during NCECA (March 30th – April 2nd, 2011):
Open for UF Pre-Conference – Sunday March 27 1:00 pm -4:00 pm and Monday March 28 10:00 am -4:00 pm
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturdays -- 12am -4 pm
Sunday, Monday and Holidays: Closed
(6) FAC Showcase Displays – Fine Arts Building C - Ground and First floors, 13th Street and inner Drive on the University of Florida campus. (352)273-3000
East Ground floor case – New experiment works created using 3d printing and scanning technology done by Anna Calluori Holcombe, Professor UF Ceramics.
West Ground floor case – Neighborhood Treasures – Ceramics created by local artists including the vessels of Leland Shaw, John Tilton, Steve Howell and the sculpture of Ira Winarsky and Bill Schaaf.
First floor case – UF Ceramics Memories – a selection of published works, posters, postcards, awards by UF faculty, students and alumni.

Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Gallery


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