emerging artist: Rachael Kroeker

Form and aesthetics are the founding elements in my slip cast functional ware, and for the last several years I have been committed to achieving a harmonious balance between function, comfort and beauty. This style of modern elegance honours both the essence of utilitarian objects, and the idea of beauty in function. The supple surface of raw, unglazed porcelain engages the viewer to become the user, with a new relationship created through the sense of touch. My pieces are both a visual and tactile experience. My marbling series explores the fluid and organic line movement which evokes an ever changing landscape unique to itself, much as the interpretation by each individual. 

Lineage: The Art of Mentorship (Counsler Coach, Leader Friend)

Clay Art Center is pleased to present Lineage: The Art of Mentorship,
curated by artist and educator Gail Kendall, this exhibition showcases
artist-educators and their chosen protégés, exhibiting the importance
and impact of the tutelage of the artists of our future. Lineage: The
Art of Mentorship highlights work by Artists from both in and out of
academia as both have had a profound impact on clay culture.

while similar to teaching, is a closer relationship than that of the
classic student/ teacher connection. The protégé is more than a student;
the mentor is more than a teacher. Mentors experience value or,
MUTUALITY, when they interact with their partners. The relationship
demands boundary crossings, thus: counselor, coach, leader, and friend.

*check out our website to find out more about these accomplished artists and their mentor/protégé relationship

Artists were chosen because of their mastery in the field of ceramics-
not only in objects and ideas, but in the generation of other artists.
Each artist in turn invited an artist with whom they feel this strong

In conjunction with the exhibition Lineage: The Art of Mentorship, Clay Art Center would like for you to tell us about your mentorship relationships. We will post video, audio and written submissions on our blog. Selected submissions can also be viewed in our gallery in an evolving compilation.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Clay Art Center wants to know:
•    1)      Who is your mentor?
•    2)      What did you learn from you mentor?
•    3)      How did you take it into your future?
•    4)      How was this significant to you?
•    5)      Are you a mentor now?

•    Instagram: short videos and images. Tag clayartcenter and use hashtags #lineagetheartofmentorship #clayartcenter, #lineage
•    Facebook: comment on Clay Art Center’s page with images and text using hashtags #lineagetheartofmentorship #clayartcenter #lineage
•    Blog: leave comments here
•    Email: [email protected]
•    In person in the Gallery: in writing or using our iPad to record video

Lineage: The Art of Mentorship opens in Clay Art Center’s Gallery on September 27 and runs through November 15, 2014.

Each participating artist has supplied us with some text to describe their relationship. You can purchase a compile booklet of this Lineage road map in the Gallery beginning opening night.  Participating artists range from emerging to established in their careers, are listed in pairs of invited artist with their chosen protégé and include:
•    Liz Quackenbush : Erin Furimsky
•    Linda Arbuckle : Alyssa Welch
•    Scott Chamberlin : Sarah White
•    Eddie Dominguez : Nathan Murray
•    Brad Schwieger : Andrea Keys Connell
•    Bill Griffith : Thaddeus Erdahl
•    Linda Sikora : Sanam Emami
•    Jeff Oestreich : Charlie Maag
•    Mark Pharis : Sam Chung
•    Peter Beasecker : Brooks Oliver
•    Dan Anderson : Joe Pintz
•    Silvie Granatelli : Elisa DeFeo
•    Mark Shapiro : Michael McCarthy
•    Julia Galloway : Sean O’Connell
•    Doug Casebeer : Seth Green
•    Alleghany Meadows : Steven Colby
•    Vince Pitelka : TJ Edwards
•    Cynthia Bringle : Gertrude Graham Smith
•    Richard Notkin : Tip Toland
•    Chris Gustin : Dan Molyneux