Global Day of Clay Activities

Oct 10, 2018 | 9:00am to 7:00pm

On Wednesday, October 10, Northern Clay Center will participate in the second annual Global Day of Clay with several free opportunities to explore a wealth of ceramic materials. The Global Day of Clay celebration extends far and wide, from Israel to the UK, to multiple sites in the US, and this year,Global Day of Clay is situated at the heart of National Clay Week. If you have always wanted to visit NCC, but have put off your visit, October 10 is a great day to drop in and see our exhibitions and a free artist demonstration, and to tour the studio program and an interactive installation; take in a little bit of everything from 9 am until 7 pm.

9 am - 7 pm Artist Studios Studio Program Artist Interviews
Whether you have been thinking about joining our community by licensing a studio yourself or applying for an Emerging Artist Residency or a McKnight Ceramic Artist Residency, our VR experience will be a great way to get to know the existing resident artists of NCC. Starting at 9 am and continuing throughout the day we will be livestreaming Q & A sessions from individual studios. The artist studios are always open during regular business hours, and the public is welcome—not just during the Global Day of Clay, but any day—to come tour the facility. 
11 am - 4 pm  Library

From Clay-myth to Clay-light, interactive project by Juss Heinsalu
Under the Black and Baltic Deep exhibition liaison, Juss Heinsalu will present an interactive experience in the NCC Library from 11 am – 4 pm. Traveling from Estonia for the exhibition, From Clay-myth to Clay-light is a sampling of Heinsalu’s personal creative practice in which he invites visitors to explore and engage with an alternative perception of the familiar solid we know as clay. He will present a range of analog and digital forms of clay including samples of creation myths, electron microscope scans, and ceramic-lens projections.

1:30 - 3:30 pm Studio D

Demonstration Workshop with Bryan Czibesz
Fall McKnight Ceramic Artist in Residence, Bryan Czibesz, will present a free demonstration workshop. Please register online, because seating will be limited; however, we will also be live streaming from the demo. Czibesz teaches at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He has traveled extensively around the country in recent years as a visiting artist doing 3D printer builds at institutions of higher learning. While he is definitely making a name for himself as an artist and educator versed in new technologies, he is grounded in the tradition of object making. He asks questions of authorship and authenticity through varying degrees of engagement and dislocation between the hand and material manipulation.

NCC will be live-streaming  periodically from the exhibition Under the Black and Baltic Deep, which features contemporary ceramic art from Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian artists.After the collapse of the Soviet Union brought independence and democracy to all three nations, ceramic artists responded to their new freedom by moving beyond skillful, but guarded creations to more adventurous approaches. NCC’s exhibition highlights these dramatic new efforts in ceramics with the introduction of nine contemporary makers from across the three countries, who represent the full spectrum of making, age, and education. The Global Day of Clay tours will be a great primer for those who are thinking of attending the exhibition reception on Friday, October 12 from 6 – 8 pm or the lecture panel on Saturday, October 13 from 10 am – noon. All the events associated with the exhibition are free and open to the public.#GlobalDayofClay is the first truly worldwide celebration of ceramics in all its forms, connecting professional ceramicists, artists, academics, and everyday ceramics lovers everywhere to explore new ideas, innovations, and works that are shaping the future of the art form. We look forward to sharing Global Day of Clay with you IRL or virtually!