obiturary: Dick Hay

via: NCECA

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dick Hay, who served as president of NCECA (1978-80). Dick has an extraordinary impact on contemporary ceramics as a maker and mentor. He retired from teaching after 40 years at Indiana State University, Terre Haute in 2006. In a 2014 update to his website, Hay wrote, “I can only add… I have been very fortunate in this journey. I don’t think that I have ever had a life’s plan. And I don’t think that I have asked for much. But I have received more than I could have ever envisioned. It has not been a one-hundred percent positive life. But it has been real close. And now. As a retired person. My life is truly different. I was cursed/blessed to express myself through making objects. And I feel obligated/driven/doomed/guilty if I don’t do this daily. I now work in my studio every day. Maybe for an hour. Maybe for twelve hours.”

Online this year – 28th Annual 2020 Saint Croix Valley Pottery Tour

The 28th Annual 2020 Saint Croix Valley Pottery Tour will not be taking place in Minnesota at the seven host studios this year. After much discussion weighing safety logistics, and the critical need for social distancing, the Saint Croix Valley Pottery Tour will launch an Online Tour this year.

This is not a decision that our community took lightly, and we understand that many of us as potters depend upon The Saint Croix Valley Pottery Tour income to survive. We also know that a wonderful community of pottery lovers anticipate attending this event every year.

To serve this dedicated audience, the Online Tour will offer Web Sales and Virtual Shopping appointments with host and guest artists on the Tour weekend dates, May 8-10, 2020.

The Online Tour will be found at, the Saint Croix Valley Pottery Tour website. It will consist of:
● A list of participating potters with contact information for shoppers to set up virtual appointments. You can chat with artists, see their work and studios, and purchase pottery using video chat.
● A list of participating potters web shops, where a robust selection of beautiful pieces will be published en masse for sale on May 8 at 10 AM

Please check back to the web site in early April when you may begin making virtual shopping appointments with the potters. Follow @stcroixvalleypotterytour on Instagram for previews and updates.

On May 8th web shops will go live at 10:00 a.m Central Daylight Time.

The Saint Croix Valley Pottery Tour hosts and guest potters have prepared a bountiful supply of pots that they have been working on for many months. We were dreaming of seeing you all again here in Minnesota but look forward to seeing you online on Mothers Day Weekend.

We appreciate your support and thank you for your continued patronage.

technical tuesday: Underglaze Tutorial – Opaque and Watercolor Techniques

This video is a step-by-step guide to using underglazes to add an illustrative design to your ceramics. I’ll show you how to create solid, opaque images as well as how to create watercolor techniques using underglazes. In this video I draw and paint flowers and whales onto a wheel thrown vase. Underglaze is my favorite way of decorating my pots! I love getting lost in the intricacies of the design and the repetition of the layering. It is not uncommon for a single pot to take me several days and even weeks to underglaze. The watercolor technique not only makes a beautiful design, it also significantly cuts down the span of time it takes to finish the underglaze because it does not require as many precise layers. This is my first video tutorial for clay and so I truly hope you enjoy it and will give me feedback! Happy Day!

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Socially Engaged Craft Collective: Artists and Depression

How does depression interfere or interact with creating? What happens when mental illness overlaps with being an artist? How do artists with depression cope? These are questions that’ll be up for discussion during this Clay Conversation. The aim is to develop a better understanding of and help those with mental illness in general and now as we go through and unfamiliar and uncertain time. Come join us in conversation with: Undine Brod, Jill Foote-Hutton, Seana Higgins, Michael Lorsung, Roberto Lugo, Mariko Paterson, and Alex Thullen.

2 PM Pacific, 3 PM Mountain, 4 PM Central, 5 PM Eastern

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