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.
Alumni and Friends Alfred University Reception: Friday, March 24th, 6 - 8pm, Cosmopolitan Ballroom, Portland, Oregon
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Oct 15 - Dec 15, Jan 15 - April 15
5263 Owl Creek Rd
PO Box 5598
February 16 – March 18, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 16, 6-8 PM
P•P•O•W is pleased to present Tie Me to the Mast, a solo exhibition by Annabeth Rosen, a distinguished sculptor in the community of West Coast ceramicists. Her work explores the fundamental properties of ceramics by directly confronting the aesthetic and chemical relationships between sculptural form and painterly surface. Rosen’s formally intuitive process is enabled by a complex understanding of historical conventions, composite materials, and chemical properties, placing her work in the tradition of experimental ceramicists including Peter Voulkos, Betty Woodman, Linda Benglis, and Martin Puryear.
The exhibition, her first with the gallery, will feature a series of small-scale ceramic sculptures, elaborate organic forms that reveal layer upon layer of clay, glaze, and salt, fired using a ‘salt flux’ technique, which triggers a self-glazing reaction. A signature innovation to this centuries-old technique, through this process Rosen mixes surface chemistry into the body of her work, creating a solid mass whose glaze rises to the fore during the firing process. Rejecting historical standards that distinguish decorative arts as ‘perfect’, Rosen’s practice can be described as an effort to undermine established conventions about an object’s merit, resulting in an extensive body of work that embraces the challenges of a robust studio practice: precarious balance, fissured surfaces, and accumulated fragments.
Among the works on view will be Roil, a large-scale sculptural work of individual ceramic forms, piled on top of one another like layered gestures. Each individual piece is painted, and together the work takes on the effect of an abstract painting, ‘framed’ in a custom pedestal made of metal. Pieced together, the work appears as if in motion, a swirling, cascading form, seemingly driven by an inner velocity.
Rosen describes the ceramic process for her as breaking down the barrier between the visual and sensual. Her works invite not only an aesthetic evaluation, but a physical one as well. Creating works that appear as if caught in a state of motion, the sculptures evoke a visceral response in the viewer, inviting them to investigate the cracks and cervices visible on the work’s surface. Interested in the way in which the clay changes through being worked and formed, Rosenpushes the limits of the material, building up works, firing them, adding new elements, firing them again, and so on, exploiting the clay to create cracks in the surface of the finished work that exposes the nature of the materials.
“My work represents a tally of touches that are informed by years of deliberate working experience,” said Rosen. “My process may allude to a desire to blur contemporary experience into something timeless and familiar, like ceramics itself. I engage in both recklessness and thoughtfulness at the same time, embracing the awkward and the unfinished, the partial and the raw.”
Though her works appear organic, found, or formed, masses of clay un-heroically yielding to the weight of their material,Rosen’s work is deliberate. Through the process of creating her ceramic works, Rosen often breaks them, a practice that she finds as interesting as the creation itself, as it reveals the possibility and potency of a shard. She fires and re-fires her work, interested in both the change in material as the work accumulates mass, as well as the way the physical material can be negotiated – its limits pushed, while simultaneously pushing the limits of what a sculpture can be.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Rosen received her BFA from NYS State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She was recently announced as a 2016 recipient of a United States Artists fellowship. She has been the Robert Arneson Endowed Chair at the University of California Davis since 1997. Rosenhas taught at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art and Bennington College. Rosen has received multiple grants and awards, a Pew Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, several UC Davis Research Grants, and a Joan Mitchell Award for Painting and Sculpture. Rosen’s work is in the collection of the LA County Museum of Art, The Oakland Museum of Art, The Denver Art Museum, and The Everson Museum, as well as public and private collections throughout the country. Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped, Rosen’s first major survey chronicling 20 years of her work in ceramics and drawing, will open at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in August of 2017. She is represented by Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco.
P•P•O•W | 535 West 22nd St. 3rd Floor | New York, NY 10011 US
Chinamania featuring work by Alfred Faculty Walter McConnell is currently on view at the Freer/Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian in Washington DC until June 4, 2017 . Two monumental, cast porcelain "Stupas" from McConnell's series "A Theory Of Everything " are on view as well as a collaborative project with the Smithsonian's 3D scanning team that pairs an arrangement of 57 Kangxi blue and white porcelains with a boxed set of their prototyped facsimiles in miniature.
Thanks to Hutomo Wicaksono for the video and Robert Harrell for the images.
Click here for more information about the exhibition.