Clay National XIV Nature Reconsidered: Reimagining the Natural World Through Ceramics
“This exhibition aims to explore the everchanging relationship between humans and nature. Since time immemorial, artists have documented, questioned, celebrated and reimagined our relationship with the natural world. With our rapidly changing environment this exploration is as relevant as ever. Nature Reconsidered seeks to draw out the diverse ways that nature is represented in contemporary ceramics. We welcome any work that references, investigates, challenges, and/or celebrates our relationship with the natural world.” -guest juror Trey Hill
Carbondale Clay Center presents Rendered Time, the exit show of 2017-19 Resident Artist Stephanie Seguin. Join us on First Friday, July 5th from 6 to 9 pm for the opening reception. Rendered Time is an exhibition built around the various relationships we have surrounding time, and is comprised of 730 coil built vessels made primarily within the final 6 months of the residency. Ceramic vessels will be available for sale individually.
First Friday Opening Reception for Savanna LaBauve’s exiting showcase!
Join us for the reception and artist talk for “What Do I Know: Forty Years” by Kris Cox. The exhibition highlights work by local artist Kris Cox from the past forty years, including ceramic works from 1979 through 2015, as well as, non-ceramic works from 2019. You won't believe your eyes! This work is monumental and a must see!
Try something different this Valentine’s Day! Romantic or platonic, come get dirty on the Potter’s Wheel! Partner up or come alone, and experience the wheel like never before. Join us for an all-inclusive night of romantic fun, using the wheel to create an unforgettable piece of pottery. Create and paint your piece all while enjoying wine, chocolates, fruits and cheeses, music and a projection of the movie Ghost in the background.
$30 per person (includes instruction, materials, firings, beverages and snacks). Reserve a one hour time slot on the pottery wheel (6-7 pm or 7-8 pm), and stay after to paint your work, snack, and enjoy the atmosphere. Pieces made will be ready for pick up 2 weeks after event. Space is limited. RSVP to save your spot!
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Our most popular family event, this Annual KID’S ONLY sale gives your child the chance to buy beautiful holiday gifts for friends, teachers and family members, on their piggy-bank budget. Ceramic pieces are all donated by local ceramic artists and will be on sale to KIDS ONLY for $10 or less. Kids and their families will be able to enjoy holiday snacks and libations and can also paint their own ornaments with many shapes and styles to choose from for $5.
Join the Carbondale Clay Center on Friday, Dec. 7, for its 19th annual Cup Auction. The event serves as one of the Clay Center’s biggest fundraisers and features hundreds of original, handmade ceramic cups for bid via silent auction. Bidding ends promptly at 8:30 p.m., and cups can be paid for and taken home that same night.
Each year, the Cup Auction gains more popularity, drawing collectors from all over the Roaring Fork Valley to this one-night-only auction opportunity. The cups range from quirky mugs to elegant tumblers, from wild shot cups to refined tea bowls, and everything in-between. With artists from around the country represented, there is something for everyone.
Join us on Black Friday, November 23rd & Small Business Saturday, November 24th from 11-4pm for snacks, festive libations and 15% off EVERYTHING in our Gallery and Gallery Shop!! Give the gift of art this holiday season, or better yet, get yourself something special!!
Get your holiday shopping done early! Over 30 local and national artists will have functional pottery, small ceramic sculptures and one of a kind ceramic jewelry available for sale through December 22nd. Items for sale include handmade cups, bowls, plates, vases, pitchers, cream and sugar sets, ceramic jewelry, small sculptures and more! Shop handmade and local this year for all your holiday shopping needs.
An exhibition honoring our beloved Peg Malloy who passed away earlier this August.
Artist Statement from Peggy:
“A pot with a job, that’s a functional pot! To be functional a pot must do a particular job, not just suggest or symbolize function. Besides doing the job, the pot needs a sense of spirit or visual fulfillment. Most importantly, use and beauty should be one voice.”
Join us for the Carbondale Clay Centers Annual Fundraiser! This year's theme is Throw Down - Hoe Down!! Featuring Square dancing in the street with live music from the Canary Feathers, and a chili cook-off by local chefs from Allegria, Capitol Creek Brewery & Field 2 Fork Kitchen & Slow Groovin' BBQ! Food for the event provided by Sustainable Settings, Erin's Acres Farm & Farm Runners! drinks provided by Roaring Fork Beer Company, Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn & Rhumba Girl Liquors.
Tickets for this family friendly event include a hand made bowl-plate and good ol' fashioned fun!
Call the Carbondale Clay Center at 970-963-2529 to reserve your ticket!
We LOVE our event Sponsors!!!
Alpine Bank, Umbrella Roofing, Reese Henry & Company, SUP Marble, Dandelion Inn, Divide Creek Builders, Main Street Gallery and the Framer, ANB Bank & Carbondale Car Care
Tom Jaszczak Solo Exhibition will be displayed for the month of June in the Carbondale Clay Center. The First Friday Opening will be on June 1st, from 6 - 8 PM.
Originally from Minnesota, Tom received a BA in Visual Art and a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Bemidji State University. Tom was an assistant to both Simon Levin and Tara Wilson. He was a summer resident and a long-term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation. In the fall of 2015 Tom began a 3 year residency with his wife Maggie Finlayson at Penland School of Crafts. Tom has received several awards and honors including, a Jerome Projects Grant, Emerging Artist Award at NCECA, Lincoln and Lil Street Fellowship through the Archie Bray Foundation and in the Summer 2014 Tom was an Honored Maker at the Maker’s Faire at the White House. Tom exhibits his work at several galleries around the nation, this includes exhibitions at the Holter Museum of Art, Greenwich House Pottery, Trax Gallery, the Pottery Show at the Old Church, Northern Clay Center and Leedy Voulkos Art Center. Tom’s current body of work is made of red earthenware and is soda fired to cone 3 with a small minimalist decorative element.
“Sticks & Stoneware”, a fusion between local ceramic artists and woodworkers, will be available for viewing in the Clay Center’s gallery throughout the month of May.
The Carbondale Clay Center has long collaborated with different forms of art within the Carbondale community. Last year the gallery hosted collective shows involving artists from Spiro Lyons Glass, Colorado Mountain College, and other independent local artists. Angela Bruno, executive director of the Carbondale Clay Center speaks to the value of collaboration within the community, stating “The Carbondale Clay Center has always been focused on working with other members of the arts community. We are lucky to live in an area where the arts are so valued and to be surrounded by some many talented artists that we can build collaborations with. After our successes last year with our collective shows, we knew we had to do some more. We are looking forward to partnering with these phenomenal woodworkers.”
The artists taking place in the show are John Cohorst, Liz Heller, Giselle Hicks, Matt Johnson, Dave Kodama, Brad Reed Nelson, Mark Tan, and Lea Tyler. The artists worked with each other to create collective works of ceramic and wood.
The opening takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 4th, at the Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main St. The show will be available for viewing from May 4th – May 25th in the Carbondale Clay Center Gallery. For more information, visit www.carbondaleclay.org or call 970-963-2529.
Carbondale Arts and the Carbondale Clay Center are hosting 3 days of opportunity to engage in building pots for the Latino Folk Art Garden. The Latino Folk Art Garden is a park along the Rio Grande Art Walk which will have gardens, gathering spaces, mosaics, hammocks and more. Come alone, or bring your family, and help us create big clay planter pots that will live in the garden!
The planters will be painted in Latino Folk Art Style and brightly colored annuals and pepper plants will be planted in them. There is no fee to participate and the friendship and fun that develops from our cultures coming together to create public art will last a lifetime. Horchata and snacks will be provided.
The event will be taking place on April 13th, April 14th and April 15th from 1 -3 PM at the Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main St.
Join us for A Class & A Glass celebrating mom with the Carbondale Clay Center. BYOM (bring your own mom) or create something special for the wonderful lady in your life this Mother's Day. $20 includes all craft materials & firing and an MDC signature cocktail. We'll be painting from 6 - 8 on Wednesday April 11 at the Marble Distillery, 150 Main St in Carbondale.
Come April, the Carbondale Clay Center will open its doors to an exciting fusion of art and technology created by two local artists, Matthew Eames and Jay Phillips. The two have created a dual exhibition called Pro Tem, named aptly for the Latin phrase meaning "for the time being". The exhibition is inspired by impermanence throughout time and is combined with the often-ephemeral nature of art. These artists will be using a variety of mediums to create works of art central to this theme.
Eames and Phillips have collaborated for shows in the past, however this show is a different approach to collaboration than the two have previously engaged with. Eames says "We have pieces that we worked on individually with the intent to combine them in a collaborative sense for the show. We want the focus to be on our work, and how that work can speak to each other within the concept of impermanence."
Both Eames and Phillips have a multitude of solo and group shows under their belts and are no strangers to installation exhibits. Matthew Eames is a ceramic artist born on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, who received his BFA in Ceramics in 2007 from the University of Hartford. After graduating with his undergraduate degree, he took a residency position and then studio technician at the Worcester Center for Crafts. In hopes of continuing his path toward graduate school, he left the position in Worcester after two years to attend a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Arkansas. From there, he went on to earn his MFA in Ceramics from Wichita State University in 2013. During his years as an aspiring artist, he has had the privilege of exhibiting in many national shows, including a solo exhibition at the Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita, Kansas, and most recently creating an installation during the leading ceramics symposium known as NCECA. After graduate school, he moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in Colorado to be a part of the Carbondale Clay Center where he currently holds the position of Studio and Gallery Manager.
Jay Phillips is a Painter and Poet living in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Born in Amsterdam, NY, he studied at New Paltz University and moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1998. He has worked locally in painting, ceramics and gallery installation at CMC Aspen and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. He has shown work at the Aspen Chapel Gallery and the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen, CO , CCAH and the Carbondale Clay Center in Carbondale, CO, and BWAC in Brooklyn, NY. Jay has also held a studio at Studio for Arts and Works in Carbondale, CO and maintains a studio at his home in Glenwood Springs, CO.
The opening takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 6, at the Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main St. The show will be available for viewing from April 6th - April 27th in the Carbondale Clay Center Gallery. For more information, call 970-963-2529.
We've got KID'S SPRING BREAK CAMPS!
There is a wheel-building class and a hand-building class guaranteed to keep your kids occupied and having fun during this upcoming spring break.
Both classes will be running Monday March 26th - Friday 30th.
"Fish are Friends, Not Food!", the ocean-themed hand-building class will be from 9:30 - 12:00.
The "Wheel-Throwing Boot Camp" will be from 1:00 - 3:30. Come prepared to get dirty and have fun!
Classes are $125 and includes materials and firings.
Sign up on our website (http://www.carbondaleclay.org/classes/) or call the Carbondale Clay Center at (970) 963-2529.
Sign up quick because these spaces will go FAST!
- Opening Reception on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 6-9 PM at the Clay Center, 135 Main St.
- The show will be in the Clay Center gallery from Friday, March 2, 2018 through March 30, 2018.
The Carbondale Clay Center presents Pairings, an annual event centered on pairing the handmade cup with the handcrafted beverage. Featuring handmade ceramic cups, created by more than 30 local and national artists and beverages from a selection of distinguished Colorado distilleries, wineries and brewers, as well as other non-alcoholic beverage makers.
The community is invited to choose a cup to purchase and “pair it” with tastings of handcrafted beverages donated by event sponsors including Marble Distillery, Roaring Fork Beer Company, Suerte Tequila, Rhumba Girl Liquors, Capitol Creek Brewery, Bonfire Coffee, Carbondale Beerworks and Elevated Elixirs.
Pairings takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at the Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main St. Two drink tickets are included with the purchase of a cup or sold separately for $5 each. Cups will range from $30-$100. For more information call 970-963-2529.
Ever seen Ghost and wish you could be Demi? NOW YOU CAN.
Partner up and experience the wheel like never before. Join us for a night of romantic fun, using the wheel with your date to create an unforgettable piece of pottery. Create and Paint your piece all while enjoying wine, chocolates, fruits and cheeses, listening to romantic music, with a projection of the movie Ghost playing in the background.
$50 per couple (includes instruction, materials, firings, beverages and snacks). Reserve a one hour time slot on the pottery wheel (6-7 pm or 7-8 pm), and stay after to paint your work, snack, and enjoy the atmosphere. Pieces made will be ready for pick up 2 weeks after event.
Call (1-970-963-2529) or email us (email@example.com) to reserve your seat!
Reservations Necessary - A minimum of four couples per time slot, is needed to run the event - Should the event not run, you will be notified 24 hours prior to event.