Inspired by Pittsburgh’s three rivers and their spanning by 446 bridges, Trestle Draw: an Alfred graduate survey, spans three years of graduate student work from the Division of Ceramic Art of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. The exhibition will include more than 30 works by recent alumni and current candidates of Alfred University's MFA Program from the class of 2017, 2018, and 2019.
In the spirit of the theme for NCECA 2018 conference for building connections, entitled CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture, the works exhibited evoke the importance of a rich dialogue within contemporary ceramics at Alfred University. Each student’s physical and creative connection is what allows cultural narratives to pass from location to location. A drawbridge is a type of movable bridge that facilitates a cross current of travel. Similarly, Alfred University is continuously welcoming across its bridges a new guard. The recent transitions are reflected in new members of the faculty, each charged with the task of guiding current and future generations of students. As each structure activates and establishes footing on its forward bank, the creative currents continue to flow through and around with the passage of time. Three years of student work in relation to the university as a whole will provide a representation of the breadth and diversity of clay, its cultural structure, and the flowing nature of the creativity it inspires.
Cory Brown, Gabrielle Graber, Lea Griggs, Yeh Rim Lee, Will Newman-Wise, Ryan Rennie, Alex Zablocki, Kelsey Zwarka, Soojin Choi, Grant Landreth, Wanying Liang, Cory Mahoney, Liisa Nelson, Nora Arrieta, Brooke Cashion, Ruth Easterbrook, Andrés Monzón, Chase Travaille, Nick Weddell, Jinsik Yoo.
Organized by: Alfred University Ceramic Art graduate students.
Juried by: Ceramic Art faculty.
Location: RJ Casey Industrial Park (Lab Building, Lower Floor), 1800 Preble Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Opening reception: Friday, March 16th, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Exhibition dates: Tuesday March 13th through Saturday the 17th.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Contact: Andrés Monzón 727 7417830
Admissions fee: free
The New York State College of Ceramics participates in the exhibition Eight University Shows in Shipping Containers, with a survey of current graduate student work with Alfred’s indigenous shale.
Naturally occurring deposits of Alfred shale allowed for ceramic industry and subsequently Alfred University to be established in the Village of Alfred New York. Shale is a rock deposit that can be easily ground into a terra cotta clay and incorporated into a multitude of ceramic processes. The Celadon Terra Cotta Co. which was founded in 1889, were the first to use Alfred shale to manufacture architectural components including bricks, ornaments, and roof tiles. Alfred University was established shortly thereafter in 1900 and has been an important hub for ceramic research and innovation in the fields of art and engineering ever since.
This informal showcase celebrates shale as the foundation of Alfred’s legacy and the reason it exists today. The artists have been asked to use Alfred Shale in some form, as a clay body, slip, glaze ingredient, or in its naturally-occurring state.
Artists: Grant Landreth, Wanying Liang, Cory Mahoney, Liisa Nelson, Brian Westrick, Nora Arrieta, Brooke Cashion, Ruth Easterbrook, Andrés Monzón, Chase Travaille, Nicholas Weddell, Maura Wright, Jinsik Yoo.
Organized by: Graduate students, Division of Ceramic Arts. New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Juried by Ceramic Art faculty.
Location: Standard Ceramic Supply, 24 Chestnut St., Carnegie, PA, 412-276-6333
Exhibition dates: Tuesday March 13th through Saturday the 17th.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday.
Opening reception: Friday, March 16th, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Contact: Andrés Monzón 727 7417830
Admissions fee: free
Cristina Córdova showed us her agile, astute hand-building procedures in two sessions of figurative sculpture demonstrations at the college of ceramics. She gave a public lecture in Binns Merrill Hall in Room C, followed by the opening reception of her exhibition JUNGLA at the Alfred Ceramics Art Museum during Alfred Art Walk. Cristina’s figurative work has established her as one of the preeminent ceramic artists of her generation.
It’s going to be a great summer at Alfred University! Join us for one or more of our exciting Summer Workshops. For the first time ever we are offering workshops in Ceramics, Digital, and Glass! Come see what everyone is talking about this summer at Alfred University!
These workshops are open to professionals and non-professionals at all levels.
Registration is open! All workshops will be filled on a first come basis until the participant maximum is met. Once the class limit is reached, a waiting list will be kept.
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Also visit: www.alfredceramics.com
School of Art and Design Summer Ceramic Workshops
1-Week Workshop with Bill Carty (June 19 – 23, 2017)
4-Week Residency with John Gill and In-Chin Lee (June 26 – July 21, 2017)
2-Week Workshop with Christina West (June 26 – July 7, 2017)
2-Week Workshop with Alwyn O'Brien (June 26 – July 7, 2017)
2-Week Workshop with Bruce Cochrane (July 10 - 21, 2017)
2-Week Workshop with Sunshine Cobb (July 10 - 21, 2017)
2-Week Workshop with Matt Katz (July 10 – July 21, 2017)
4-Week Comprehensive (Sound-Video-Print) Workshop (June 26 – 21, 2017)
1-Week Experimental Print Workshop with William Contino (June 26 - 30, 2017)
1-Week Sound Workshop with Andrew Deutsch (July 3 - 7, 2017)
1-Week Video Workshop with Rebekkah Palov (July 10 - 14, 2017)
1-Week Print Workshop with William Contino (July 17 – 21, 2017)
2-Week Glass Workshop with Angus Powers (July 10 - 21, 2017)
Alfred University is a residential, student-centered, vibrant living/learning community located on a beautiful 232 acre campus with more than 50 academic and residential buildings plus another 400 acres of nearby recreational land.
Ceramic Art Facilities
The ceramics facilities include over 36,000 square feet of interior space as well as outdoor space devoted to various aspects of ceramic fabrication and technology. The extensive indoor kiln room has over 10 gas and 20 electric kilns which include wood, salt, soda, and raku kilns. The new 3D Digital Fabrication Lab offers cutting-edge exploration of new technologies in ceramics. Other facilities include a plaster lab, spray booth, extruders, slab rollers, and a variety of types of potter’s wheels. The raw materials lab is supplied with over 100 materials and the glaze application room is stocked with a selection of glazes for each workshop.
Expanded Media Facilities
The area of Print Media is supported by a state of the art, digital and traditional print facility that provides students with an extensive opportunity to participate in the exploration of the most current print technologies including several wide format digital printers, a computer networked image setter for color separations, and hand and offset lithographic presses. Recent additions include laser engraving and a host of digital printers that offer endless possibilities of exploration and expression.
Sculpture and Dimensional Studies Facilities
The Glass Blowing Studio at Alfred University’s School of Art and Design is a state of the art facility built in 2012; the equipment was also updated in 2012 with Wet Dog Glass LLC. furnaces and accessory equipment. The Studio allows for teams of glass blowers to work at three separate stations. Each station is fully fitted with all tooling and torching capacities. The Studio was designed to facilitate the smallest most intricate projects all the way through the largest and most monumental of projects. A glass cutting and polishing studio allows for further assemblage and cold construction methods outside of the hot working areas.
Campus map, directions and travel suggestions
Shuttle Service is available for those traveling to/from the (ROC) Rochester, NY airport.
An airport shuttle will depart at approximately 4 pm on the following Sundays: June 19th, June 25th, July 2nd, July 9th and July 16th; the trip to campus takes approximately 90 minutes.
A return shuttle will leave campus on Saturday June 24th, July 8th, July 15th, and July 22nd at 9 am (arriving to the airport at approximately 10:30 am). Please plan your arrival and departure times accordingly.
Advance registration is required, Late requests may not be accommodated. Email Summer Ceramics.
Ample parking is available in student and faculty lots during the summer. No parking passes are required.
Alfred, NY is accessible for day trips to and from Niagara Falls (2 hours), Corning Museum of Glass (1 hour), Finger Lakes Wineries (30+ minutes), and Rochester area attractions (1+ hour).
Participants spend most of their time in the studio or attending lectures and demonstrations. Other summer activities include Carillon and Village Band concerts, local Farmers Markets, hiking, swimming, and visiting the shops in downtown Alfred. See Living In Alfred for area events and attractions in the summer. If you are interested in finding out about services available locally such as banks, grocery stores, storage facilities, child care, etc. please visit the area services webpage.
July 9-15, 2017. The MostArts Festival will celebrate the glorious mid-summer days of Alfred, New York by offering the Alfred University community the brilliance of timeless classical music. The Festival is committed to enriching the cultural, economic, and educational potential of the Alfred community by inviting internationally renowned musicians to the region to share their passion for music and to engage in the broader dialogue between music and the vibrant world of Alfred art. http://mostarts.alfred.edu/
Full refunds, less a $50 fee, for any of our 2, 3, or 4 week workshops or studios must be received, in writing, by May 26, 2017. No partial refunds will be given to those who arrive late or leave early. Refunds take up to four weeks to process.
Each Workshop/Studio has an upfront materials fee. For all Ceramic Workshops, this includes 50 lbs. of clay (one box) and materials for firing the kilns. Additional boxed clay is available for individual purchase in the Grinding Room.
Ceramic Workshop Tools
All participants are encouraged to bring their own tools. Our studios do not provide brushes, banding wheel, bats, rolling pins and other small tools. Tools are available for purchase from the School’s Grinding Room, the University Bookstore, and Tinkertown – our local hardware store. Please inquire if you are unsure if you should bring a tool, or if the studio is equipped with it. Email Summer Ceramics.
Alfred University Bookstore
Located on the main floor of the Powell Campus Center in the center of the campus, the Bookstore carries a wide range of art supplies, tools, and materials.
Meals are available to purchase on a walk-in basis in Ade dining hall. Full Meal Plan: $26.50 (three meals/day/person) or Modified Meal Plan: $21.50 (two meals/day/person), or at restaurants in the Village of Alfred. There are a variety of restaurants within both walking and distance of campus. University Apartments and Suites are equipped with an apartment size refrigerator, stove and microwave for those staying on campus.
All University buildings are smoke-free.
Animals are not allowed in any University building unless trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.
100% network-wired, with wireless zones in selected locations.
Visit the library web pages for complete information and summer hours.
• Herrick Memorial Library
• Scholes Library of Ceramics
Health Care Services
The AU Health Service is closed during the summer. Emergency Care (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) nearby options include:
St. James Mercy Hospital, 411 Canisteo St., Hornell, NY 14843, Phone: 607.324.8000
Jones Memorial Hospital, 191 North Main, Wellsville, NY 14895, Phone: 585.593.1100
It’s warm and sunny most of the time with typical daytime highs in the 70s and 80s.
David Fredrickson, ‘Freddy’ to all who worked with him at Alfred, retired in December 2016 after 36 years of service. Freddy kept student research and the Ceramic Art facility at the center of his charge, building important connections and co-operative relationships with all facets of the school and university – connections essential for the advancement of a large and complex world-class facility. Freddy’s effectiveness was commensurate with the respect he garnered across the greater community for his good will, integrity, generosity and expertise. Freddy offered Kiln Building classes to our students; he mentored, advised and supported them as they moved through the program. Freddy’s solutions to any problem were implemented so quickly the problems barely had time to become problems. His diplomacy, fairness, and good humor set the tone for the entire division.
Freddy is well known across the continent for his excellent kiln design and construction. Even with many more kiln builders in the market today, the Fredrickson Kiln is still praised for its smart engineering and resiliency to wear. At home in Alfred, the technical foundation he built in the facility and studios allowed the faculty and students to focus on teaching and research. Beyond Alfred, Freddy was in demand for kiln building at other educational facilities. The new outdoor kiln building at Alfred is only one of Freddy's major contributions. Conscious of the priority of student research, Freddy tended the outdoor kiln area for years, and worked with several division heads and many faculty, and with the leadership of the NYSCC and its physical plant to have a proper and safe facility constructed. This building would still be on paper if it were not for Freddy’s consistent stewardship.
With Freddy’s departure, Shawn Murrey becomes our new Head Kiln Specialist. Shawn joined the Ceramic Art team in 2008 and was mentored by Freddy to apply and develop additional skill sets. True to his nature, Freddy made sure Ceramic Art was in excellent hands when he retired. We will miss Freddy. We remain so grateful for his service and we are very happy that he and Jackie Pancari will continue to live down the road.