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Clay National XIII:
Out of the Mold 

Juried by Andrea and John Gill

  • Opening Reception on Friday, August 3, 2018 from 6-8 PM 
  • The show will be in the Clay Center gallery from Friday, August 3rd through August 31, 2018.

The thirteenth annual Clay National exhibition “Out of the Mold,” focuses on ceramic art that uses a mold as part of the creative process. The concept of this juried exhibition is to investigate what is happening currently in ceramic art. The title suggests physical and metaphorical criteria. Slip casting, press molding, or sprigging; plaster molds, bisque molds, or just clay pressed onto an object. These are all techniques requiring molds.

“Out of the Mold” was juried by world renowned ceramic artists, Andrea and John Gill. ‘Out of the Mold’ includes the work of Allison Cochran, Andrew Gilliatt, Antra Sinha, Bradley Klem, Brian Caponi, Clay Leonard, David Collins, Elliot Kayser, Hannah Thompsett, Jake Boggs, Jennifer Arnold, John Emerson, Kelly Justice, Kyle Johns, Lisa Orr, Penelope Van Grinsven, Rebecca Harvey, Robbie Lobell, Sally Brodgen, Samantha Wickman, Savanna LaBauve, Sean Erwin, Staci Debolt, Todd Shanafelt, Tristyn Bustamente, Valerie Zimany,

“Clay National XIII – Out of the Mold” will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, Aug. 3, at the Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main St. with live music performed by Carbondale local, Wes Engstrom, and wine and beer provided by Rhumba Girl Liquors.

Jurors Andrea and John Gill will be present during this reception, where they will announce Best in Show. For more information, visit or call 970-963-2529.

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The Carbondale Clay Center honors one of its most vibrant members with the Angus Graham Memorial Scholarship Fund. Angus Graham is remembered as a talented, passionate and widely adored member of the Carbondale Clay Center community. He was a highly involved member of the arts community in the Roaring Fork Valley, often teaching children’s classes at the center, assisting artist Alleghany Meadows and the Artstream Nomadic Gallery, taking classes at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and being an active member at SAW (Studio for Arts + Works) in Carbondale. After his passing in August 2017, the Carbondale Clay Center (with support from his family and friends) created the Angus Graham Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will serve to benefit future developing artists.

There were two fundraising events (an online auction and a silent auction) benefiting the Angus Graham Scholarship Fund. Both auctions included donations from artists across the country who knew, loved, and were inspired by Angus. These works of art were created by using or incorporating Angus’ personal tools, sent out to his friends and colleagues by the Carbondale Clay Center. All proceeds from both auctions are going directly to the Angus Graham Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Carbondale Clay Center

The Carbondale Clay Center has been an important part of the Roaring Fork Valley and the field of ceramics since the Center's inception in 1997. Over the last 20 years, the Clay Center has played a pivotal role in our local art scene by offering a positive and supportive place to build community through artistic expression and arts education. Generous community support has allowed us to successfully sponsor ceramic classes, kids clay camps, gallery exhibitions, artist residencies, outreach programming, special events, and community parties.

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