Thursday, July 28, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Mother Daughter Journey Featured in Exhibit at Worcester Center for Crafts

Worcester, MA—The journey of a mother and daughter can be filled with rebellion and many road-bumps along the way as well as overflowing with love and admiration. The latter is what we see in an exhibition opening at the Worcester Center for Crafts’ Krikorian Gallery on July 22. Two artists, who happen to be mother and daughter, are featured: Rosalie Olds and Claudia Olds Goldie. The exhibition A Mother Daughter Journey: Rosalie Olds & Claudia Olds Goldie will be on view through September 10, 2016. Both artists make ceramic sculpture and figures dominate their work.

There are 15 works by each artist in the show. Rosalie Olds, in her late eighties, is showing work from many periods of her life; Claudia Olds Goldie is showing more recent work. Although the show opens to public view at HOT NIGHT IN THE CITY, July 22, an Artists’ Celebration will also be held on Thursday, August 4 from 5:30-7:30pm. The public is invited to both events, free of charge.

“I found the Worcester Center for Craft and it changed my life,” said Rosalie. “I had always wanted to do sculpture and was a student with Leon Nigrosh, gradually working my way up.” Although she had no plans to become a teacher, Rosalie taught aspiring ceramicists for over 20 years at the Craft Center. She periodically still teaches private students and at the Willows where she currently resides.

“My mom— my mentor, teacher, friend, and cheerleader. She has been all these things to me throughout my life. We are creative souls, artists, easily distracted, quick to be wonderstruck, easily pulled into our own worlds of private imaginings, terrible at remembering names,” said Claudia. “For all these reasons, I have loved my mother and pushed mightily against her.” In 1978, however, securing her first teaching position, Claudia found herself needing to teach her mother’s artistic material—ceramics. Her mother coached her in her new job and slowly Claudia found she couldn’t escape the allure of clay.

“I was hooked,” Claudia reminisces. “With no formal education in ceramics other than the valuable tutelage of my mother, I began to experiment with techniques to create my own personal figurative style and alternative, non-glazed surfaces.”

Showing the two artists together gives the viewer an opportunity to explore influences but also to see how each artist’s own time is reflected in her work and the individual skills and techniques that give each work respectively its power. Speaking of Claudia in American Craft magazine, Holly Walker writes, “Goldie portrays mature women with candor.” Rosalie’s sculptures are figurative, as well, but are often of animals as well as humans, and the sculptures sometimes also function as vessels.

On the closing day of the exhibit, September 10 from 10am-5pm, Claudia Olds Goldie will present a Sculpture Demonstration Workshop at the Craft Center where she will demonstrate a variety of approaches to her process of creating a hollow built, standing ceramic figure and a proportional, expressive head. This workshop is by registration only. Registration can be done online at (class #171CW006A) or by phone, 508-753-8183 ext.301. Claudia Olds Goldie received her BFA from Boston University College of Visual Arts and teaches sculpture and ceramics at Dexter Southfield School in Brookline. Represented by Boston Sculptors Gallery, her awards include the Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award and a Kiln God Residency from Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. She has shown her work nationally. Her work can be seen in numerous publications including 500 Figures in Clay (2004) and 500 Figures in Clay 2 (2012) by Lark Books Publishing.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Sizzling Entertainment, Hot Craft to Mark Worcester Center for Crafts' HOT NIGHT IN THE CITY, July 22, 2016

(L) Craft Center Students & Faculty Participating in a Raku Firing. (R) Hot Night Blacksmithing.
WORCESTER, MA - Once a year, the Worcester Center for Crafts is turned inside out in celebration of craft's fiery traditions. On Friday evening, July 22 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, HOT NIGHT IN THE CITY, a block-party style Open House, returns with plenty of heat. The public of all ages is invited to this exploration of craft's hot processes in and outside of the Craft Center at 25 Sagamore Road in Worcester. The evening also marks the opening of an exhibit in the Craft Center's Krikorian Gallery, A Mother Daughter Journey: Rosalie Olds and Claudia Olds Goldie.
Dusk's darkness will give way to the warm glow of artists' illuminating demonstrations on the ancient arts of glassblowing, raku firing, wheel throwing, flame working, blacksmithing and more. Wheel throwing under the stars will feature short introductory hands-on experiences with centering clay, and members of the public will be able to try their hands at throwing pots. A portable glass furnace will be set up in the parking lot to demonstrate the glassblowing that goes on daily at the Worcester Center for Crafts' New Street Glass Studio. Blacksmiths will forge metals, and the Raku artist Ginny Gillen and her class will do a pottery raku firing. A new feature this year will be the enamel raku fire, where super-hot enamel works will go straight from the kiln into combustible materials, creating a dazzling display. The cool of the evening will be provided by the locally renowned band, Jubilee Gardens. The public will be invited inside to participate in several maker activities in the Metals studios, including enameling-fusing glass pigments onto copper blanks in hot kilns-and to preview fall's class line-up. HOT NIGHT IN THE CITY will occur rain or shine.
"Hot Night gives us the opportunity to literally turn ourselves inside out in order to tell the community THANK YOU for being partners with us," said Honee Hess, executive director of the Crafts Center. "We have these 'hot' activities going on every day, but on HOT NIGHT we bring them out into the open for all to enjoy." Activities at HOT NIGHT are free to the public, although donations are accepted.
Fueling the crowd will be BT's Smokehouse of Sturbridge with its wood-fired barbeque, and Anzios with its wood-fired pizza. For dessert, Worcester State University alum, Renee King, will be bringing Queen's Cups' award-winning cupcakes to the event. Wooberry Frozen Yogurt will round out the sweetness of evening. To top things off for the over-21 crowd, Austin Liquors has arranged a beer tasting of Jack's Abby Beer during the evening. Food prices are set by vendors.
(L) Sculpture by Rosalie Olds. (R) Sculpture by Claudia Olds Goldie 
A Mother Daughter Journey features ceramic sculpture by local artist Rosalie Olds and her daughter, Claudia Olds Goldie. Both artists have a national reputation and have pieces in numerous private and public collections. Rosalie began her teaching career at the Worcester Center for Crafts, and currently serves as an instructor at the Willows in Worcester. Claudia Olds Goldie will present a Sculpture Demonstration Workshop on September 10 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Registration is required for this workshop, where she will demonstrate a variety of approaches to creating a hollow built, standing ceramic figure. A Mother Daughter Journey is on view through September 10.

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 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 its WOO card program, and receive funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.