Artist in Residence Show @ St. Pete Clay

Each August St. Pete
Clay welcomes in a new crop of Artists-in-Residence.  The purpose of
this exhibition is to familiarize the community with this year’s group.
 New AIR’s include Lydia Johnson most recently completed Post
Baccalaureate fro University of Hartford, Sarah Holt, Core Student at
Penland, Jeremy Wallace, Resident at Baltimore Clayworks and Holly
Siggelow, Member of St. Pete Clay.  Returning Artists-in-Residence are
Jessica Carter and Brice Dyer.  Residents will also be giving artist
talks on their work, past experiences and inspirations.  Free and open
to the public!

Location: 420 22nd St. South St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Artist Participating: Jessica Carter, Brice Dyer, Sarah Holt, Lydia Johnson, Holly Siggelow, and       
Jeremy Wallace.
Open from: August 2-31st
Opening Reception: August 10th 6-9pm
Artist Talks: September 5th 6-9pm
St. Pete Clay 2013 
420 22nd Street South, 
St. Petersburg, FL 33712 
p# 727-896-2529  

movie day: Handmade in an Information Age

This one will require an entire pot of coffee and maybe a few energy drinks : )

Critical Information Conference 2012 at the School of Visual Arts: Handmade in an Information Age Panel from MFA Art Crit on Vimeo.
Sponsored by the MFA Art Criticism & Writing program
Respondent: Carina Badalamenti (Student) and Susan Bee (SVA Faculty)

The ability to connect in a media-based, networked age gives artists new reasons to blur, accentuate or erase the line between the actual and the virtual. Choosing one method over another becomes an aesthetic choice with political implications. Using art historical examples to provide context, this conversation will reconsider the often polarizing discourses routinely associated with handmade materials in an Information Age.

• Andrew Buck, The Culture of Art and the Nature of Craft (Teachers College, Columbia University, Program in Art and Art Education, Ed.D. Candidate)

• Pamela L. Campanaro, Labors of Language: Crafting the Revival of Medium in Contemporary Art (The San Francisco Art Institute, Exhibition & Museum Studies, MA)

• Michele Krugh, Pleasure in Labor: The Human and Economic Aspects of Craft (George Mason University, Cultural Studies, PhD Candidate)

• Petya I. Trapcheva-Kwan, The Symbiosis of Traditional and Digital Techniques (School of Visual Arts, Computer Art, MFA)

emerging artist: Shannon Butler

Artist Statement

My aim is to create progressive, dynamic work that engages with the reality of the place where I live and the people I live among. My biggest thrill is when I realize I have created something the likes of which I have never seen before.

By “inventing” ceramic objects, such as letter holders or antler buckets, that have practical as well as aesthetic purposes, I am attempting to create a space of my own within the ceramic field. I feel that by marrying local materials, such as naturally shed antlers and vintage horse bridles, with my ceramic vessels, I am both upcycling and creating something that functions at a “higher” level. At the same time I engage the public and my northern community in the act of having a daily relationship with handmade objects.

It is a somewhat uncommon existence I lead here in this northern oilfield town. I am inspired by the irony of my situation, and by nostalgia, popular and northern culture. I explore these inspirations in my work, juxtaposing ceramic techniques against each other while making objects that function in an extraordinary way. I am compelled to challenge conventional ceramics and myself by mixing ideas from pop culture against historical tradition, and vintage aesthetics against contemporary. This creates a sort of bricolage, a complicated and layered presentation that defies traditional notions of authenticity and, even, beauty.

My work assembles diverse elements that celebrate and investigate the nuances of contemporary life, pop and northern culture, the art of making things by hand, and the practice of incorporating interesting and useful ceramic objects in everyday life. Art should be all around us, not just in museums.