Archive for the ‘Columbia SC Clay’ Category

Vista Studios in Columbia, SC, Host the Midlands Clay Arts Society’s 12th Annual Holiday Sale – Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2012

November 23, 2012

Vista Studios in Columbia, SC, will present the Midlands Clay Arts Society’s 12th Annual Holiday Sale, on view in Gallery 80808, from Nov. 29 through Dec. 2, 2012. An opening reception will be held on Nov. 29, from 5-8pm.

The Midlands Clay Arts Society’s 12th Annual Holiday Sale features one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts by South Carolina based ceramic artists. It is a much anticipated opportunity to view and purchase unique, original, works of art, from whimsical sculptures to classic functional pieces, decorative accessories, and everything in between.

Work by Mike & Patz Fowle

Participating artists for this year’s event are: Adele Thornhill, Alice Klaas, Anne Schultz, Barbara Mitchell, Becky Leonard, Betsy Kaemmerlen, Dawn Caldwell, Jeannie Lindler, Margaret Arial, Mary Lou Price, Mary Lou Wu, Pam Bailey, Patz & Mike Fowle, Renee Rouillier, Rick Shackleford, Rita Ruth Cockrell, Susan Kennedy, Susan Tondreau-Dwyer, Susanne Sievers, Suzy Shealy, Teresa Tipton, Terry Meek, Tim Graham, and Tuula Widdifield.

Work by Tuula Widdifield

The event takes place at Gallery 80808 at 808 Lady Street, Columbia SC 29201. The sale takes place over four days: Thursday, Nov. 29, noon-8pm; Friday, Nov. 30, noon-8pm; Saturday, Dec. 1, noon-4pm; and Sunday, December 2, noon-4pm. Admission is free; cash and checks only are accepted.

MCAS was organized in 1987 to foster fellowship, education and creativity among local potters and clay artists and to promote appreciation of all things made from clay.

If you would like more information about the sale, contact Adele Thornhill by e-mail at ( or call 201/839-6386 or visit the MCAS Facebook page at (

University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, Offers Symposium on Potter Walter B. Stephen – June 22, 2012

May 23, 2012

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, will present the work of an artist considered among the most imaginative and beautiful in American ceramics. The exhibition Pisgah Forest and Nonconnah: The Potteries of Walter B. Stephen will run from May 26 –through July 27, 2012.

Stephen was a gifted designer and craftsman with a remarkable range. Through the artistic influence of his mother and his own curiosity, Stephen became known for his cameo wares and crystalline glazes. Stephen’s “American Cameo” was inspired by early Americans, literature and ancient history similar to Wedgwood’s Jasperware.

The exhibition highlights 76 rare examples of Stephen’s work, including the first pots he fired near Nonconnah Creek in Tennessee to crystalline vessels produced near Asheville, NC.

Stephen’s work spanned arts and crafts and art nouveau to the modern era. His decorative themes were widely diverse, ranging from memories of his young life on the Nebraska frontier, Bible references, and Asian art. He also explored Mayan and Egyptian motifs as well as Wedgwood influences.

McKissick Museum will host a reception with a gallery talk and book signing 5:30 – 7:30pm, on Thursday, June 21, featuring Rodney Leftwich, author of Pisgah Forest and Nonconnah: The Potteries of Walter B. Stephen.

On Friday, June 22 from 10am – 4pm, McKissick will host a symposium, The Art of Collecting Southern Pottery, featuring Rodney Leftwich, Karen Swager of Brunk Auctions,  crystalline potter Frank Neef, Winton and Rosa Eugene of Pottery by Eugene, and Barbara S. Perry, Ph.D., noted author an American ceramics.

The symposium is $40 for museum members and $50 for non-members.

For additional information about the pottery exhibition or symposium, visit ( or call 803/777-7251.

City of Columbia, SC’s Art Center Offers First Annual Spring Raku Festival and Open House – Apr. 14, 2012

April 4, 2012

The City of Columbia, SC’s Art Center is hosting its First Annual Spring Raku Festival and Open House on Saturday Apr.14, 2012. The Raku Festival is open to the public from 11am to 5pm at the Art Center & Backman Gallery, located at 1932 Calhoun Street, Columbia, SC.

There will be demonstrations from 5 RAKU artists including Alexander “Sasha” Federer (Feather Pottery & Interiors), Dr. Alexander Wilds (Benedict College), John Homewood (Homewood Hardwoods), David Wingo Sr. (A Touch of Glass), and the City of Columbia Art Center (Mike Van Houten, Mary Ann Myers and Tim Graham).  There is no admission charge for this event.

The Raku pottery firing process is a rapid technique in which a glazed ceramic vessel is heated to nearly 2,000 degrees then removed from the kiln when the glaze is red hot and molten and placed in a chamber with combustible material. After the material ignites, the chamber is sealed and flames consume the oxygen within resulting in unusual and beautiful metallic colors and surface effects.

Event participants can purchase one of the bisque pottery pieces created by the Art Center artists. They can glaze their bisque piece with the special Raku glazes and give to the kiln operator and observe the Raku process. While you are waiting for the piece to be fired, there are demonstrations to observe on throwing, glazing and hand building pottery as well as the Raku process.

There will also be available pottery ready to purchase and take home with you as well as on-going presentations about the art of Raku.

For further information contact Brenda Oliver, Cultural Arts Specialist by calling 803/545-3093 or e-mail to (