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First Friday Review: September 4th, 2015

This past First Friday held an abundant offering of exhibits, and judging by the packed streets of downtown, you could tell that everyone was trying to enjoy the last fleeting days of summer. Art receptions for the evening included:

Frislie’s First Friday Art in the Alleyway, “Art of Colloquialism” at Eastbank Gallery, “No Deck Pics” at Vishnu Bunny Tattoo’s Third Eye Gallery, “The Annual Recovery Art Show” led by Tallgrass Recovery at Exposure Gallery and Studios, “The Annual Portfolio Show” at Rehfeld’s, as well as DTSF’s Chalk the Walk and the Downtown Block Party on the Eastbank. Whew. Continue reading First Friday Review: September 4th, 2015

Around and About – Up In Smoke Pottery

For Chad Dykstra, pottery began as just a hobby. He was introduced to the art by his father-in-law and started throwing back in 1992. It wasn’t until gentle prodding from his wife to start selling his creations in 2008 that he decided to turn his hobby into a way of life and the business now known as Up In Smoke Pottery.

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Chad and his wife Kiesha work together on the pieces. He usually throws all of the pieces and his wife does the finishing and glazing. They do a few different types of pottery; Pit fire, foil saggar, paper saggar, obvara, and blackware are each beautiful in their own ways. Plus, these pieces really travel well. Up In Smoke Pottery has sold pieces all over the United States and Canada. They’ve also won Continue reading Around and About – Up In Smoke Pottery

Why You Should Try Something New and Blog for JAM

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I started using the Washington Pavilion pottery studio. Every Sunday from 1-4 there is an open studio for people who have taken a class in their pottery studio before, or if you at least have some knowledge about clay. Supposedly, I fall into the latter category. It’s foolish.

I don’t know anything about clay. In college I focused mainly on printmaking, drawing, and painting. When I took my ceramics class with Jerry Punt I became easily discouraged. I started hand building a sculpture that looked like it was a sand castle made out of hollow marshmallows. I don’t remember how long I worked on it, but at some point it disappeared. Someone threw it out.

Five years later I’m finally ready to move on and try my hand in the ceramics studio. They make it  easy to buy clay from there, which I really liked. And, it doesn’t cost anything to fire your pieces. Continue reading Why You Should Try Something New and Blog for JAM