Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pottery Jam

Pottery Jam

featuring Shadow May, Joey Sheehan and Eck McCanless

Thursday, August 17, 5 - 8:30pm

Pot•ter•y Jam (pot-uh-ree jam) verb: a collaborative and improvisational pottery demonstration performed by two or more potters working together and sharing their diverse approaches, processes and stories
 
The Pottery Jam is free and open to all ages. Please bring a dish to share if you plan to attend the potluck. Shadow May and Joey Sheehan will present slides and discuss their work, followed by a Pottery Jam featuring Shadow, Joey and Eck McCanless. Beer from Four Saints Brewing Company will be available for purchase. Guests are welcome to view the Confluence and Wild Clay exhibitions.
 
   
Schedule
5pm - Potluck
6pm - Shadow May and Joey Sheehan Artist Talks
7pm - Pottery Jam Demos
 
   
 
Shadow May is a self-taught, award winning ceramic artist from Homer, Alaska who now resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Shadow spent many years working as a functional potter, but began to feel confined by the restrictions of functional pottery. A desire to push from function to form led to his current large, hollow, teetering forms and opaque glazes that emphasize the value of taking risks. His ceramic forms marry a studio artist's discipline with an experimental performer's mentality. Shadow has received a Tanne Foundation Award, Tennessee Arts Commission Artist Fellowship, and Make Work, ArtsMove and CERF grants. He teaches workshops nationally and has been published in Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times. His work has been exhibited across the country in more than one hundred fine arts shows. Learn more.
 
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Joey Sheehan works in the Appalachian Mountains of Madison County, NC. His work is fired in a two chamber wood kiln that is designed after the extended throat bourry box kilns described in Steve Harrison's book, Laid Back Wood Firing with a double barrel snub nose train chamber in the front and a catenary in the back. Joey's pots are a combination of functional glaze ware and sculptural work with surfaces and forms that exemplify the woodfire process. He strives to create extravagant and dramatic surfaces with heat, flame, ash and occasionally soda in the front of the kiln while still creating large bodies of clean glaze ware, subtle flashing and fly ash in the back. Joey holds a BFA in Studio Art from Virginian Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the owner of Melting Mountain Pottery and a founder of the Asheville Ceramics Gallery. Learn more.
 
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Eck McCanless grew up in the pottery community of Seagrove, NC, where he made his first pot at the age of 10 in his parents' shop, Dover Pottery. He began turning professionally in 1993 at Dover, working alongside his father Al McCanless, who pushed him to create lightweight and elegant forms for crystalline glazes. In 2011, Eck's interest shifted and he opened Eck McCanless Pottery in Seagrove, where he focuses mainly on agateware created by turning multiple colors of clay and then carving the walls of the pots. Eck's work has been featured in Fara Shimbo's Crystal Glazes, Charlotte Vestal Brown's Remarkable Potters of Seagrove and Dan Rhode's Introducing Pottery: The Complete Guide. He has also been featured in Our State, Southern Living and Pinehurst magazines. Learn more.
 
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