Humans have fabricated pottery since some ancient knucklehead threw a ball of mud in the embers. When that clay was stone-hard by morning, a sharper friend had an epiphany, and ceramics was born. Over generations, artisans improved on functional clay containers by making them gorgeous. Now, your locally-made ceramic gem is calling you.
Arizona State University’s 15th Annual Ceramic Studio Tour launches February 20 and 21. The artists throw open their studio doors for the weekend and welcome all comers. Alight at artistic private work-spaces and partake of the wizardry live, up close and very personal.
Deborah Hodder’s art is no secret. Her work at the Five15 gallery was recently spotlighted by the PHiX. Her sculptures-in-the-round claim center stage on any table, providing a cool view for all vantage points. She will demo “Handbuilding Techniques” in her studio on Sunday February 21, at 1 p.m. See her work at deborahhodder.com or follow her on Instagram @djhmfa and contact her directly for pricing (vases start at $200).
The Phoenix metro area is a hub of ceramic wares thanks to ASU's fine art programs, the legendary Marjon Ceramics store (which hosts the Arizona School of Fired Arts), and the Phoenix Center for the Arts. Catch Sandy Blain teaching novices and professionals at Marjon on February 27. Class schedule at marjonceramics.com.
Find a brochure and schedule at asuartmuseum.asu.edu
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