SPSCC to host clay art festival

Published: 
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

*Event combines demos, presentations and pottery sale through April and May

*All sale proceeds benefit SPSCC Arts Department programming

The South Puget Sound Community College Mini Clay Fest is coming soon thanks to the SPSCC Art Department. The festival will combine artists’ live clay demonstrations, presentations, and a pottery sale featuring the work of visiting artists. The festival will run from April 26-28, May 3-5, and May 11. All events will be in the college ceramics lab, located in room 140 of the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts’ instructional wing (building 21).

Festivities begin on Tuesday, April 26, with demonstrations from artists who will be fabricating their works live. Two sessions take place, beginning at 1:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. respectively. Each session will last approximately 90 minutes. The artists will then finish their works at those same times on Thursday, April 28, before returning for glazing at those same times on Tuesday, May 3. Afternoon artists for all sessions are John Brooks and Megan MacClellan, and evening artists are Lisa David and Erin Genia.

On Wednesday, April 27, King County Art Hazards Project creator Dave Waddell will give a Hazardous Materials of Art presentation from 6-9 p.m. The session will focus on toxic substances in art, and how to protect the health of everyone who enters an art studio. The discussion will cover safer waste management practices for artists in Washington, and will include time for a question-and-answer session. Waddell developed and has coordinated King County’s Art Hazards Project since 2010. He has trained hundreds of artists of all disciplines in hazardous chemical safety, studio ventilation and proper handling, storage and disposal of art chemicals. Waddell also works directly with artists in their studios to help them reduce the risks of harmful exposures to toxic materials, and find safer alternatives to highly hazardous products.

Finally, the fest will conclude with the official opening of the kiln and unveiling of the created works. The opening will take place Wednesday, May 11, at 5 p.m. and will feature the works, the pottery sale, and a potluck. All sale proceeds will go towards the SPSCC Art Department’s visiting artists, lecturer and project programming.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about SPSCC Mini Clay Fest, contact Art Instruction and Classroom Support Technician Nicole Gugliotti at ngugliotti@spscc.edu or visit the Facebook event page at http://bit.do/ClayFest.