Welcome to Artaxis Conversations 2019! This event is in conjunction with National Clay Week, a celebration to unite those invested in the knowledge, exploration, and experience of clay. Follow events on social media using the hashtag #nationalclayweek.
This year’s National Clay Week theme is “Resources”.
For Artaxis Conversations 2019, we release 30 videos about some of the great resources available in the ceramics community. This year we feature the residency programs at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Chautauqua School of Art, and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, the online glaze database Glazy, the granting organizations of the Fulbright Scholar Program and the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program (LIAEP), and the artist collective Kansas City Urban Potters (KCUP).
Make sure and head over to the Artaxis YouTube channel HERE and subscribe! All of the videos are archived there and streamed here on this page.
Artaxis Organization Inc.
Featuring over 800 artists from over 50 countries, Artaxis engages the ceramics community through promotional, educational, and networking programs while celebrating diverse artistic practices and being a resource of aesthetic values. In this video, Artaxis Board members Bobby Tso and Casey Whittier talk about what Artaxis is, how it got started, and what we do!
Chautauqua School of Art – Chautauqua Institution
Artaxis Board member and Chautauqua Core Faculty, Raheleh Filsoofi discusses the Chautauqua School of Art – Chautauqua Institution. Joining Raheleh in this collection is Chautauqua technician and former artist in resident, Brant Weiland, as well as Danqi Cai, and Sharon Louden, the Artistic Director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution. Learn more about the Chautauqua School of Art HERE
Fulbright Scholar Program
In this set of five videos, we start with Carleen Velez, Fulbright Outreach and Recruitment Specialist, as we learn about the history of this program, the impacts it has on artists, how to apply, and what to include in your application. Following Carleen’s video, we have videos by Fulbright recipients and Artaxis members, Anthony Stellaccio, Phoenix Savage, David Packer, and Vlad Basarab. Each artist discusses their Fulbright award and how they used it to generate new work and further the ideas in their practice.
Glazy’s mission is three-fold: To collect, archive and trace a lineage for historical & new ceramics recipes, provide a single framework to understand and compare differences in glaze chemistry, and to establish an open-source codebase for ceramic recipes calculation and storage. In these videos, Artaxis member and Glazy Founder, Derek Au gives us an introduction to Glazy, shows us how to make a line blend, and how to properly mix a test batch of glaze. Use this information to make your own contribution to the best and most comprehensive glaze resource. Check out Glazy HERE
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine. The school offers a two-week residency, one- and two-week intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. Programs range from short workshops to two-week sessions and anyone may participate, from beginners to advanced professionals. In this set of videos, we feature Artaxis members, Ayumi Horie, Emily Schroeder Willis, Del Harrow, and 2018 Artaxis Fellowship recipient, Kathy Garcia. Learn more about Haystack HERE
Kansas City Urban Potters
Kansas City Urban Potters (KCUP) is a collective of full-time studio artists making functional pottery with a high standard of craftsmanship. Located in the heart of an already-strong clay community, the collective looks to expand visibility of contemporary studio pottery to local and regional audiences through invitational exhibitions, public lectures and community-based events. In this video, Artaxis and KCUP members Meredith Host and Jana Evans tell us more about everything that KCUP does! Learn more about KCUP HERE
John Michael Kohler Arts Center – Arts/Industry Program
Hundreds of artists have benefited from the celebrated Arts/Industry residency program since its beginning in 1974. The program, undoubtedly one of the most unusual ongoing collaborations between art and industry in the United States, was conceived and is administered by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and hosted by Kohler Co. In this set of videos, we start with Faythe Levine, Arts/Industry Program Director at Kohler as we learn more about the program. Following her presentation are four videos of Artaxis members who have worked at Kohler in the Arts/Industry program, Eric J. Garcia, Linda Casbon, Debbie Kupinsky, and an interview with Richard Notkin. Learn more HERE
Lighton International Artist Exchange Program
The Lighton International Artists Exchange Program (LIAEP) works to make the world a smaller place by giving artists of different cultures the opportunity to work together, in the hope that lasting friendship and understanding will develop. We start this set of videos with LIAEP Founder and Artaxis member, Linda Lighton talking about the mission behind this organization. We follow that with four artists who have received this award, Artaxis members Lindsey Dezman and Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Drew Ippoliti, and Hiromi Iyoda. Learn more about LIAEP HERE
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, in midcoast Maine, offers transformative experiences for artists who create with clay. Through residencies, workshops, educational initiatives, extensive kiln facilities, artist talks and public events, Watershed serves the local, national and international clay community. In this set of videos, we learn more about Watershed from their Director of Outreach & Communications, Claire Brassil. Following her video, we visit with four Artaxis members who have spent time at Watershed, Travis Winters, Amanda Dobbratz, Jamie Bates Slone, and April Felipe. Learn more about Watershed HERE