From Barbara Brown:
New Year Ritual
Every year as the year ends I do a studio cleaning ritual so I can start the new year with purpose and good energy. My ceramic artist friend, Bea Wax introduced me to the American Indian tradition called Smudging bygiving me a sage smudge stick. You clean your studio and then light the smudge stick till it smokes and walkaround the perimeter of your studio, giving special attention to corners and places behind doors. Have ready a fireproof receptacle such as a shell, glass or ceramic dish to put the smudge stick in when you’re finished and make sure your smudge stick is out before leaving the studio.
On New Year’s day I go to the studio and make at least one new piece of work to start the new year with purpose and good energy.
Have a wonderful, happy new year filled with creative energy.
ACGA members Kathy White and Mari Emori have both been chosen for the 2020 ICAN (International Ceramic Artists Network) Wall Calendar. Kathy’s Raku pot titled “Sunburst” and Mari Emori’s “Triskelion” have both been chosen for the 2020 ICAN Wall Calendar, Surface Collection. You can purchase the calendar online: https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/shop/calendars-for-2020. Originally established as Potters Council in 2001 as part of a grass-roots movement, ICAN today is a membership organization focused on serving the ceramic arts community.
“The City of Berkeley proclaimed the month of July 2019 to be Susan Felix Month and she was given Berkeley’s Lifetime Achievement award. The Mayor’s Proclamation reads “Susan Duhan Felix is an extraordinary award-winning artist and arts advocate… One of Felix’s proudest accomplishments as ambassador is having brought recognition to artists. In the early days, she selected individuals and appeared at their promotional events to announce that the day had been named after them…Eventually, a day grew to a month. ”
A special holiday thanks from MaryMar Keenan and the MMclay Team for your ongoing support. MMclay hosted a Kickstarter from May 1st – 30th, 2019, which reached over 220% over the funding goal in it’s 30- day run.
MMclay will be showing work January 17th-19th, 2020, at Untitled ART. Pier 35, San Francisco
UNTITLED, ART is an international, curated art fair founded in 2012 that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. UNTITLED, ART innovates the standard fair model by selecting a curatorial team to identify and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations, in dialogue with an architecturally designed venue. The next edition of UNTITLED, ART San Francisco will take place January 17 – 19, 2020 at Pier 35, 1454 The Embarcadero.