Monday, September 27, 2010

SLOSS Sets Dates for National Conference- 2011

Pictures from 2009 SLOSS Conference.

The National Conference for Cast Iron Art at SLOSS Furnaces in Birmingham Alabama, has been set for April 13-16, 2011. Students who are interested in competing in the cupola contest will have to plan to be at SLOSS starting the Monday before, and there are several excellent workshops that start earlier too. Check out the conference website for more details and to register, there are important deadlines to be aware of!

It is by far the best conference available for students and all artists and a great way to see many other furnaces and techniques in casting. You will also meet lots of other folks, have opportunities for showing your work, you can participate in pours, and just have a blast of a time (pun intended!).

I go every year for the week and it is worth it even if you can only go for the weekend. Check the website and register early for the early bird discount student rate.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Visiting Artist: Antoinette Badenhorst

Antoinette Badenhorst will be visiting us in the ceramics studio on Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 13 and 15, from 12-2 pm, to give a special workshop/demonstration on working with porcelain. She will demo throwing on the wheel, trimming, and assembling, as well as a water resist etching technique she uses to create low relief patterns and designs on the surface of her thrown forms.

A native of South Africa, Badenhorst has shown around the United States and internationally including Japan. She has won numerous awards and has been featured in a number of publications including Southern Living and 2007 Best of America- Pottery and Wood.

All are welcome! The workshops and demo will take place at the 3D Arts Building on the USM campus over on West 4th Street.