Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Best in East Coast Pottery to be Displayed | Artists to Accompany POTTERY INVITATIONAL 2017

WORCESTER, MA – The group of artists in the Worcester Center for Crafts Krikorian Gallery’s live exhibition, THE POTTERY INVITATIONAL, scheduled to open May 5, is so diverse that their only common denominator seems to be clay.
 

The Pottery Invitational will be open on May 5 with a benefit Whiskey Tasting Preview from 5:30-7pm and public visitation from 7-8:30pm; on Saturday, May 6 from 10-5; and on Sunday, May 7 from 11-4. Admission is free except for the benefit preview.

Work by the 20 artists and one working team will be on display accompanied by the artists themselves, a nod to bringing pottery in all of its forms to the public with the makers who can talk about it.

“We were looking for diversity,” said Aysha Peltz and Todd Wahlstrom, curators of the show. “Clay is so malleable that it gives the potter an opportunity to create a seemingly endless variety of forms and then the surface design—well, the sky is the limit!”

This diversity is evident in the list of potters invited to exhibit as well as to where they work. Potters included in the show include Normandy Alden (West Winfield NY), Hayne Bayless (Ivoryton, CT), Bruce Gholson & Samantha Henneke aka Bulldog Pottery (Seagrove, NC), Sarah Heimann (Lebanon, NH), Jody Johnstone (Swanville, ME), Robbie Lobell (Coupeville, WA), Maya Machin (Ashfield, MA), Colleen McCall (Elmira, NY), Hannah Niswonger (Winchester, MA), Tom O’Malley (Forestdale, RI), Jeremy Randall (Tully, NY), Nicholas Seidner (Middletown Spring, VT), Willi Singleton (Kempton, PA), Stacey Snyder (Arlington, VA), Brian Taylor (Brewster, MA), Kyla Toomey (Waltham, MA), Holly Walker (Randolph, VT), Adero Willard (Northampton, MA), and curators Aysha Peltz and Todd Wahlstrom, both of Whitingham, VT.

“The mix of potters and pottery gives the Craft Center an opportunity to celebrate ceramics,” said Candace Casey, Director of the WCC Krikorian Gallery. “We invite people to come and see its diversity, but also see how beautiful and aesthetic pots are functional and can have an important place in everyday living.” Everything in the Pottery Invitational is for sale. “It’s a great place to buy gifts!” she added.

The Pottery Invitational takes over the Worcester Center for Crafts. Invitational artists in the gallery with their work for the duration of the show, allowing attendees to approach the makers without intimidation. Resident Artists from the Crafts Center will be demonstrating in the Center’s highly regarded Ceramics Studio on Saturday and Sunday, showing the public many techniques for creating with clay. Demonstrations are at 11 am, 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Demonstrating will be Ian Petrie, Jessikah Ann, Jon Glabus, and Joshua Primmer.

WHISKEY TASTING PREVIEW


Whiskey Cups by Maya Machin
Whiskey Cups by Hayne Bayless
Friday, May 5 from 5:30-7 pm, the Pottery Invitational kicks-off with a Benefit Whiskey Tasting Preview that features first dibs on the art and handcrafted whiskey. Attendees will receive a $15 credit (nontransferable) that can be used that night in the Invitational to purchase ceramics—perhaps, even a whiskey cup made by one of the potters. Provided by Austin Liquors, the whiskey tasting will give guests an opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists; shop & collect with first dibs;and enjoy handmade chocolates by Stewarts Chocolates of Holden and locally made cheese from Westfield Farms of Hubbardston. A limited number of reservations for this benefit are available; admission to the Benefit Preview is a $35 donation to the Crafts Center per person; reserve online at www.tinyurl.com/PIWhiskeyTasting or by calling 508.753.8183, x 301.
 

“We challenged our artists to make whiskey cups for the preview,” said Casey, “so we’re excited to see the wonderful assortment that will be available.”

MORE ABOUT THE WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS & THE INVITATIONAL

The Pottery Invitational was started at the Worcester Center for Crafts in 2003 as a way to expose the community to the work of regional and national ceramic artists, and to assist artists in creating a new market for their work. Based loosely on an event held at the renowned Art School at Old Church in Demarest, NJ, the Worcester Center for Crafts Pottery Invitational has grown into the Center’s premiere large-scale educational event for the public around the work of clay artists.

“The Pottery Invitational is part of Worcester’s creative economy,” said Honee Hess, executive director of the Crafts Center. “It markets the work of artists who sell their work. People come from far and wide, stay in hotels and eat in local restaurants, and we move closer to our mission -- sustaining crafts as an important part of our community and society.” An appreciation of all things hand-made is good for artist, business, and the community.

The Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC) is one of the oldest non-profit institutions for craft study in the United States. Founded in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society to help immigrant women produce and sell handcrafted wares to support their families, the Center evolved into New England is leading center for craft education, exhibition, and entrepreneurship. In 2004, the organization expanded and opened the New Street Glass Studio – an off-campus, 8,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, multi-studio glass facility. The WCC offers the only comprehensive glass studio program in New England available to the public. Through an affiliation begun in 2009, the WCC is home to the Worcester State visual arts studios.

The Craft Center’s mission is “to sustain craft as a vital part of our community” by providing high-quality craft education and training, by supporting craft artists in their professions, and through
advocacy and public education initiatives including adult education classes and workshops, youth education and outreach programs, exhibitions showcasing the work of established and emerging artists, artist residencies, lectures, family events, studio rentals, Gallery Store, and major events. The WCC is a member of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and it’s WOO card program, and receive funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

For more information or to arrange a photo opportunity, please contact Honee A. Hess, Executive Director of the Crafts Center at hhess@worcester.edu.



SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, May 5

5:30 Show opens with Benefit Preview celebration. $35.00 pp. Mingle with the curators and artisans while enjoying a “Whiskey Tasting” and receive a $15 coupon to purchase anything (maybe a whiskey cup) from the Pottery Invitational that night; enjoy handcrafted cheeses by Westfield Farms of Hubbardston MA and chocolates by Stewarts of Jefferson, MA. Sponsored by Austin Liquors of Worcester and Shrewsbury.

7:00 Show opens, free to the public
8:30 Show closes
 

SATURDAY, May 6

10:00am show opens, free to the public
11-12:30 Artist-in-Residence demos in ceramic studio
2:00-3:30pm AIR demos in ceramic studio
5:00pm Show closes
 

SUNDAY, May 7

11:00 Show opens, free to the public
11:00-12:30 AIR demos in ceramics studio
2:00 -3:30 AIR demos in ceramics studio
4:00 Show closes

Monday, April 3, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: A Conversation between Definite and Indefinite Opens at Craft Center - Exhibit features work by Michael Hachey and Kat O'Connor




Worcester, MA- An exhibit of large scale drawings done by artists Michael Hachey and Kat O'Connor will go on display in an exhibit entitled, Definite : Indefinite. The show will open with a reception honoring the artists from 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday, March 30, 2017. The exhibit and reception is free to the public. The show is on view through April 29. The artists will give a joint artist talk on April 20 at 5:30 pm "What started as a visitor asking Kat O'Connor if she ever worked abstractly turned into a two year dialogue and joint critique between O'Connor and Hachey," said Gallery Director Candace Casey. "Michael's work is traditionally thought of as abstract while Kat's work is usually described as realistic." Both Michael Hachey of West Boylston and Kat O'Connor of Worcester teach at Worcester State University. Michael is a Professor and Kat is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.


In a joint statement, the artists said: "The most self-evident categories often conceal mystery. Such are the terms real and abstract. The fruits of a nearly two-year conversation and mutual critique, these large-scale drawings explore the polarity of realism and abstraction-their meaning, motivation, and modes of working for us."

Both artists are known as painters but each is also skilled in multiple drawing techniques and these large-scale monochromatic drawings are breath-taking."You step back to see them more fully or you step forward to see the intricacies of each stroke-it is really hard to explain their impact visually much less the impact of the conversation between definite and indefinite worlds," said Casey. "This is a must-see exhibit."

Gallery admission is free of charge as is the artist's talk and reception. Musical compositions by Kyle Martin inspired by the work on exhibit will be played at the opening reception. Krikorian Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Works by Michael Hachey

Works by Kat O'Connor

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About the Worcester Center for Crafts:The Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC) is one of the oldest non-profit institutions for craft study in the United States. Founded in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society to help immigrant women produce and sell hand-crafted wares to support their families, the Center evolved over the past 155 years into New England's leading center for craft education, exhibition and entrepreneurship. In 2004, the organization expanded and opened the New Street Glass Studio - an off-campus, 8,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, multi-studio glass facility. The WCC offers the only comprehensive glass studio program in New England available to the public.  Through an affiliation begun in 2009, the WCC is home to the Worcester State University visual arts studios and partners in community outreach. The Craft Center's mission is "to sustain craft as a vital part of our community" by providing high-quality craft education and training, by supporting craft artists in their professions, and through advocacy and public education initiatives including adult education classes and workshops, exhibitions showcasing the work of established and emerging artists, artist residencies, lectures, family events, studio rentals, Gallery Store, and major events.  It premiered its new Youth Craft + Creativity program in October, 2016. The WCC is a member of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and its WOO Pass program, and receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.