Ceramics Are Front and Center on ASU'S Annual Tour

Written by Deborah Lewis Category: Visual Arts Issue: February 2016
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Sandy Blain at work, creating. Photo courtesy Sandy Blain.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.

Pre-tour sneak peak: Take a gander at University of Tennessee Professor Emeritus Sandy Blain’s highly textured pieces. She imprints the clay with tools, in and out of the box. Drink from a handmade mug or put flowers in a vase to add beauty to her art. Her mugs will only set you back around $50, and her larger pieces start at $165. Blain will be at her studio for the entire tour and demo “Slab Vessels” on Saturday February 20, at 10:30 am. Reach her at sandyblain.com or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sandy Blain “Desert Markings” Stoneware 17”H x 12”W x 5”D

Sandy Blain “Tread #3” Stoneware 10”L x 7”H x 4.5”D









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).

Deborah Hodder: Figure-in-the-round


Deborah Hodder: Figural Vase















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