ASU Art Musem Ceramic Studio Tour Sneak Peek

Written by Deborah Lewis Category: Visual Arts Issue: February 2017
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Dozens of ceramic artists will open their studios to the public this weekend at 17 locations across the Valley for Arizona State University Art Museum's annual Ceramic Studio Tour. Each studio has a lead artist who has invited special “guest artists,” enticing us with a promising variety of shapes, sizes and styles.

The tour also boasts a packed schedule of demonstrations, including artist and art teacher James Gamble throwing on a wheel and award-winning ceramicist Sandy Blain making her “vessels” from slabs of clay ("Rising Seen" seen below).

"Rising Sun" by Sandy Blain. Photo courtesy Sandy Blain.

At noon on Saturday, Susan Risi will create one of her imaginative “cups with handle.” On Sunday at 2 p.m., Julius Forzano will demonstrate his wild "off the hump" throwing technique.

Jan Peterson, a studio host in North Scottsdale on Thunderbird Road will display hand-formed clay vases, wall pieces and bowls (as seen below).

Jan Peterson ceramic dish. Photo courtesy Deborah Lewis.

Halldor Hjalmarson, a Phoenix native, has some whimsical works in his studio including rats and rattlesnakes in ceramic faux frying pans, dubbed “ready to eat.”

Photo courtesy Halldor Hjalmarson

Meanwhile, ASU's Graduate Ceramic Studio will display the work of nine guest artists. And the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center will showcase 35 potters working with traditional Chinese pottery methods.

Check out the work of graduate students at Grant Street Studios in Downtown's Warehouse District, including the whimsical, fantastical clay figures (seen below) of Mario Munguia.

Photo courtesy Mario Munguia

Studios will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Find the brochure with studio locations (including printable directions) and demonstration times at the ASU Art Museum website.