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Upcoming Shows and Events for Linda Huey

Two of my sculptures are in a group show celebrating the Fuller Craft Museum's 10th anniversary as a craft museum:

CRAFTING A COLLECTION: FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM RECENT ACQUISITIONS

December 7, 2014 - July 12, 2015

Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA

http://fullercraft.org/event/crafting-a-collection-fuller-craft-museum-recent-acquisitions/

I will be showing my work at Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA and ArtProv in Providence, RI during the 2015 National Council on Education in the Ceramics Arts (NCECA) conference:

CERAMICS AT CLARK

March 3 - 28, 2015

145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, MA

http://www.clarkgallery.com/exhibitions/6A069752-7D21-7D30-7534-65898B41A1B1

CERAMIC INSPIRATIONS

March 10 - May 22, 2015

ArtProv, 150 Chestnut Street, Providence, RI

http://artprovidence.com/

My sculptural installation "Dark Garden" will be installed in a greenhouse-setting during the 2015 National Council on Education in The Ceramics Arts (NCECA) conference:

DARK GARDEN, an installation of my ceramic sculpture

March 11 - 29, 2015

Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

My concern for the natural environment influences my sculpture, where I explore various aspects of the problem "man versus nature" as well as fragility, vulnerability, and life versus decay.  I use plant forms, seed pods, leaves, and flowers as a source for imagery.  Many of the sculptures have impressions of trash in the clay.  I consider littering to be the "canary in the coal mine," portraying attitudes toward pollution.  Often actual rusted rebar metal becomes a part of my sculptural plants’ structure.  The rebar also facilitates building clay forms that can rise higher into space in a way unusual for traditional heavy clay sculpture.  I like to test the borders of response from the viewer and what they want to see: desirable versus undesirable in a way that parallels our acceptance or denial of environmental issues.

Upcoming Workshops

FACE JUGS

April 7, 2015, 6 - 8:30 PM

Rockwell Museum, 111 Cedar Street, Corning, NY

 

A face jug is a jug-shaped pot which depicts a face. Early examples date from the 14th century. Most famously known vessels come from the Carolinas and Georgia, made by African-American slaves during the mid-1800s. Though the exact purpose of these vessels is unknown, many scholars believe them to be of either practical or spiritual value.

Faces are easy to make in clay, and can be done in so many different ways.  They can be simple or detailed, realistic or abstract, funny or serious, reserved or crazy, human or animal.  We will start with a simple cylinder of clay wrapped around a support form, and then add face details using coils or shapes of clay.  When the support form is taken out, the clay jug can be altered by pushing out from the inside, and finishing the rim.

This will be a one day workshop.  We will use a rich brown clay that will look good fired once without glaze.  Come join us and have some fun!

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My teaching philosophy involves helping people feel inspired and connected to their creative imaginations.  I encourage them in a non-judgmental way, try to expose them to as many influences as possible, help them with specific techniques that apply to their ideas, and emphasize that mistakes can be very productive. 

I teach occasional one or two day workshops from my Boston studio.  Each has a different theme or project.  I also teach workshops outside my studio at various places such as art centers, clay studios, or schools.  These usually are more related to my personal work, with discussion of how I follow a path of ideas, how my personal philosophy and motivations have evolved over many years of working in clay, demonstrations of techniques I use in my own work, and a PowerPoint presentation showing work by other artists who approach the subject of nature in a different way than I do.

Please contact me if you are interested in taking a workshop, or if you have a venue where I could present a workshop.

Linda Huey Pottery & Sculpture