Arizona CLAY Events in OCTOBER 2016

EMPTY BOWLS 26th Year 2016
10:30 - 2:00 p.m.
ARIZONA CENTER - in the grotto
400 E Van Buren Phoenix
100% of the proceeds will benefit WASTE NOT


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What: October General Meeting: October 27, 2016 6:30 - 8:00 PM, at the home studio of Sandy Blain ! She will demonstrate "Handles: How and Why" including both discussion and viewing pieces.
Where: SANDY BLAIN Home and Studio, 491 W. Courtney Lane, Tempe, AZ 85284, Phone (480) 893-2133 - E-mail

Sandy Blain is Professor Emeritus - Ceramics, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Director Emeritus - Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN. Her background includes a B.S. in Art Education from Northern Illinois University, and an M.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Having worked in teaching and administration since 1964, she has a diverse background related to educational programming – classes/conferences/seminars; gallery programming/installations; fund raising; public relations and personnel development. Her public service work includes involvement with national/regional/state/local craft organizations, often serving as a board member, consultant, conference coordinator, grant reviewer, exhibition juror, or presenter/workshop leader. As a practicing artist, her clay pieces have been seen in juried and invitational exhibitions throughout the country with reviews and photographs in media publications and catalogs.

After moving to Arizona, Sandy has set-up a ceramic studio working with stoneware sculptural and functional forms. Manipulated and assembled handbuilt and thrown forms are impressed with found objects serving as metaphors for the impact one has on their surroundings. The relief surfaces reveal a personal narrative experienced on daily walks. Slips and glazes are applied to the surface of the pieces during various intervals of a multiple firing process.

Sandy is an adjunct faculty member at the Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ. She is a board member of the Ceramic Research Center, Arizona State University with committee work related to educational outreach, the bi-annual Gala auction, and the annual studio tour weekend. She also serves on the advisory council at the Shemer Art Center, Phoenix. She continues to serve as a juror for national and regional exhibitions, a workshop leader with emphasis primarily on handbuilding, and a consultant to various arts organizations.