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Alabama Clay Conference Presenters’ Show and To Set the Table to Open January 8

As an exciting precursor to the Alabama Clay Conference, the Hardin Center will host The Alabama Clay Conference Presenters’ Show and To Set the Table from January 8 to February 7, 2016.

Please join us for an opening reception with light refreshments from 5-7 pm on Friday, January 8, 2016.

In addition to works by the conference presenters, there will be over 20 artists represented from across the United States who will exhibit a place setting in their individual styles of working with clay. They will also show an extra piece to accompany the place setting such as a serving dish, sugar and creamer, pitcher, tray, butter dish or vase.

The individual artists are known in the current ceramic world as renowned in the field and have extensive exhibition records. A number are professors of ceramics at colleges and universities or are accomplished artists working solely in the studio. Several are involved in the national organization called NCECA (National Council on the Education of the Ceramic Arts). Many of the artists conduct workshops across the nation and abroad to continue teaching the techniques, both old and new, to clay enthusiasts. The artists work with a variety of clays, methods of forming, embellishing, and decorating the pieces. A wide variety of firing techniques are also used to achieve the final desired results.

The public is invited to purchase works, however the pieces must remain with the exhibition until its closing at noon on February 7th.

This show concludes with the annual Alabama Clay Conference  (ALCC) to be held at the Hardin Center and the Gadsden Museum of Art, February 5-7, 2016. The Co-hosts of the event are Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks, past professors and instructors at Jacksonville State University and Gadsden State Community College, who are now full-time ceramic artists at their studio in Wellington, Alabama. More information on the ALCC 2016 can be found at alclayconference.org.

Samples of the work to be exhibited (click to enlarge):

Black and Red Dinner Set for GCCA

Paul Lewing, China painter from Seattle who wrote a definitive book on the art and techniques of China painting

“Two Herons” by Paul Lewing, China painter from Seattle who wrote a definitive book on the art and techniques of China painting

Cruet set by Martha Grover, a wheel thrower from Maine, who alters and embellishes her delicate functional ware.

Cruet set by Martha Grover, a wheel thrower from Maine, who alters and embellishes her delicate functional ware.

"Dogwood Tiles in a Frame" by Mark Rademacher, a handbuilder who impresses leaves into the surfaces of his pieces which he then sawdust fires.

“Dogwood Tiles in a Frame” by Mark Rademacher, a handbuilder who impresses leaves into the surfaces of his pieces which he then sawdust fires.

"Fielding Teapot" by Marty Fielding, a handbuilder from Florida who created unique ceramic pieces from slabs of clay.

A teapot by Marty Fielding, a handbuilder from Florida who created unique ceramic pieces from slabs of clay.

"Combo Jars in Rosies Brown" by Steve Loucks, a wheelthrower from Wellington, AL who will show his unique techniques on the wheel.

“Combo Jars in Rosies Brown” by Steve Loucks, a wheelthrower from Wellington, AL who will show his unique techniques on the wheel.

"Oxy Blue Carved Jar" by Lynnette Hesser, a wheelthrower and handbuilder, from Wellington, AL who will show how to embellish slabs, add sprigs and carve the clay surface with geometric and organic designs.

“Oxy Blue Carved Jar” by Lynnette Hesser, a wheelthrower and handbuilder, from Wellington, AL who will show how to embellish slabs, add sprigs and carve the clay surface with geometric and organic designs.

"Flame Thrower" by Beer Chunhaswasdikul, of Gadsden, AL, who will have a hand-on demonstration of clay whistle making for the participants.

“Flame Thrower” by Beer Chunhaswasdikul, of Gadsden, AL, who will have a hand-on demonstration of clay whistle making for the participants.

A covered jar by John Oles, the new Ceramics professor at Jacksonville State University, who will demonstrate his techniques of throwing clay on the potter’s wheel.

A covered jar by John Oles, the new Ceramics professor at Jacksonville State University, who will demonstrate his techniques of throwing clay on the potter’s wheel.