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Fired Arts & Crafts sponsors Fired Arts Pavilion at Las Vegas Glass Expo
Tuesday, 09 October 2012 08:07

 

Manufacturers and studio owners have been trying to come up with ways to create new interest in ceramics for years. The Glass Craft & Bead Expo in Las Vegas is where thousands of enthusiastic glass artists gather each April for over a week of workshops and a three-day trade show filled with suppliers showing and selling their latest products. Glass fusing, metal clay, and ceramic artists all have the kiln in common. So the staff at Fired Arts & Crafts approached the show organizers and came up with a plan to set up a Fired Arts Pavilion within the event to show off the "other" fired arts.

The pavilion sold out quickly! A central, interactive demonstration and make-and-take area will showcase all the other fired arts methods from April 5 through 7, 2013. Fired Arts & Crafts has exhibited at this show for years, and associate publisher Jacquie Morton said, "I've seen the excitement and interest in all forms of fired arts from this passionate group. It completely makes sense for us to reach out and show all these people (familiar with a kiln) some other things they can do.”

Exhibitors in this area include Aardvark Clay, American Ceramic Supply, Bisque Imports, Ceramics Unlimited, Chesapeake Ceramics, Clay Puzzling, Colors for Earth, Contemporary Ceramic Studio Association, Fired Arts & Crafts, Gare, Mayco, and Shimpo Ceramics. Many other industry suppliers, including kiln companies and glass dealers, already exhibit at the show.

Convention Show Manager Patty Cerajewski said she loved the concept and is eager to welcome the new addition to the show, since more and more artists are crossing over from glass into ceramics and combining the two for unique creations. For more information on workshops and details about the show, go to www.glasscraftexpo.com or watch future issues of Fired Arts & Crafts.

 

 
Doc Holliday Molds to close, paint line continues
Written by Joyce Greenholdt   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 09:31

Doc Holliday Molds has announced plans to close its mold-making operations before the end of this year. The company will continue to take and fill orders through the fall; a final deadline for ordering has not yet been announced.

 

According to the announcement, the decision was made because the company has received an offer for its building in Lexington, Ky., and “we think it is in our best interest to accept. Of course the uncertain times we live in economically play a part in even listening to such an offer. Like most in the industry, we worry about the future, wishing for better days ahead. We certainly hope for better days for all our customers and ceramic friends in coming to this difficult decision.”

 

The company does plan to continue, and even expand, the Doc Holliday paint line by moving to a smaller location at the end of the year.

 

For more information, go to the Doc Holliday Molds website.

 
‘The Clay Lady’ launches new site, events
Monday, 27 February 2012 11:19

Clay Lady logoDanielle McDaniel, “The Clay Lady,” has launched a new website, www.theclaylady.com, which combines all her businesses, including Mid-South Ceramic Supply Company, and her artist co-op and galleries, as well as her own studio in Nashville, Tenn.

Upcoming events at The Clay Lady’s Artist Co-op and Galleries include:

 

March 9 and 10: Reception and Workshop with Fong Choo – internationally known for his diminutive teapots and excellent workshops!  We are honored to offer a reception with the artist (free and open to the public)on Friday evening 5:00-7:30 in The Co-op & Galleries and then Saturday 9:00-3:00 for Fong’s workshop in The Clay Lady’s Studio.  He will not only be demoing but sharing his glazing techniques, bamboo handle technique and making his handmade tools.  This workshop is $175.  We are offering an early registration discount of $125. Call today!

Saturday March 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in The Artist Co-op & Galleries- we are so fortunate to have a National Treasure Sylvia Hyman scheduled for a book signing of her retrospective The Intriguing Vision of Sylvia Hyman.  Books will be available for the discounted price of $90.  We suggest you RSVP for this event to reserve your book.  You do not need to purchase a book to attend, just meeting this legend is an opportunity you do not want to miss.

We are starting a new series, “Clay Conversations,” to be held on the last Friday night of the month from 4:30-7 p.m.  From 4:30-5:30 we will have fellowship and beverages in The Co-op Event Room, then from 5:30-7 (or so) we will have different artists teaching techniques or providing interesting lectures in The Clay Lady’s Studio.  The cost $20 per person and this includes beverages and snacks.

Find out more at www.theclaylady.com!

 

 

Surprise! We’ve made some exciting changes to Fired Arts & Crafts. You’ve probably noticed the new logo and look of the cover, but we didn’t stopFired Arts & Crafts - March 2012 Cover there! Inside the magazine, you’ll see the articles have a whole new look. We’re making a huge investment to help grow the fired-arts industry, but we also need your assistance.

Did you notice the tag line on the cover? “The Teaching Resource” is more than just a publication full of techniques. The new Fired Arts & Crafts is an educational tool for teaching professionals and anyone else who wants to share the excitement and magic of fired arts. Think back to the first pieces you created. Remember how thrilled you were to show them to family and friends? That’s where you come in! We need you to share Fired Arts & Crafts with everyone you know. And we’ll make it easy, because you can do it for free! We’re so certain we can make a positive impact on the fired-arts market that we are willing to give free subscriptions to anyone willing to do one simple thing: Share it with more friends.

Think we’re a little crazy to make this offer? We crafted this plan after careful consideration and discussions with industry professionals, manufacturers, and creative artists. The free digital subscription will reach artists who have worked in fired arts previously, as well as those new to our world. If the industry grows, it will drive demand for more products, education, and workshops. Studios will be busier, and they will buy more molds, clay, kilns, colors, and everything else required to fulfill creative desires. Don’t worry, we’ll keep printing the magazine as well, and we’re offering fantastic rates and incentives for the print edition as well as the digital.

The new lesson-plan format is designed to make it easy for anyone to teach. The lesson objectives give a quick overview of what‘s covered. The easy-to-follow steps walk each reader through what needs to be done. The materials list lets them know exactly what they need. And what we need most is you encouraging others to give this a try.

There are hundreds of thousands of art teachers in our schools, and every one of them could be offering a fired-arts program. The sad part is, many don’t, or have kilns sitting idle because they don’t know how to use them. Fired Arts & Crafts will show them how to use and maintain those kilns. But we need your help to get that information to those teachers! Imagine if all those teachers could offer fired arts to their students at a young age. We all need to work together to encourage everyone we know to give fired arts a try. We have so much more to offer than any other leisure activity. We work with kilns and fire!

Enjoy the new look, and welcome to the future of fired arts! I look forward to working closely with each of you. If you have questions or comments, please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (715) 445-5000 ext. 113.

 

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Southwest Ceramic Association holds 60th, final show in May 2012
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 09:37

The Southwest Ceramic Association (SWCA) has announced that its 60th Annual Ceramic & Craft Show, scheduled for May 4 and 5, 2012, will be the group’s last show. According to Show Chair Willie NeSmith, the SWCA will end its association after the last show. “We feel we are not getting the response that we did 15 or 20 years ago. There are so few ceramic shows in the Dallas area.”

The show will take place at the Mequite Convention Center, 1700 Rodeo Dr., Mesquite, Texas. The event will include an open competition. Find out more at http://swca-inc.com.

 
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