Material Impulse: Opening Night

I had such a lovely weekend with the 4 other Arizona artists! Thank you to GVG Contemporary for hosting our work. Be sure to stop by and check out the exhibition if you are in Santa Fe. The show will be up for another three weeks. Here are a few photos from the opening reception and the artist roundtable discussion hosted by Robert Siracusa of ARC Contemporary. I look forward to many more great shows coming up in the future!

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Material Impulse: A Confluence of Clay Artists

GVG Contemporary is delighted to present “Material Impulse | a Confluence of Clay Artists,” an exhibition that surveys contemporary ceramics by regional ceramic artists. This exhibition is a collaboration between guest curator Robert Michael Siracusa, who is an Arizona curator and gallerist, and GVG Contemporary in Santa Fe.

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Plates, Platters, and Nothing Else Matters

I am sending these two platters to Long Beach Island, NJ for a National Juried exhibition titled "Plates, Platters, and Nothing Else Matters." I'm so excited that Garth Johnson selected two of my platters for the exhibition! Can't wait to see more photos from the exhibition. If you're in the area please stop by before July 20, 2017.

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During the opening night of the exhibition, I was asked to give a 20-minute talk on Don Reitz and my experience working with him. I had originally started with 88 slides and worked it down to just over 25. It was a full house during the talk, however, looking back I think everything went pretty well. Thankfully AMOCA recorded the whole thing and put it up on YouTube.

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Coconino Community College Art Faculty Exhibition

Featured CCC faculty artists in the exhibit are: Hope Barnett, Joe Cornett, Don Fethkenher, Elaine Dillingham, Jeremy Gemetta, Trace Glau, Alan Petersen, Bennett Roti, James Schroeder and Barbara Sheeley.

The exhibit will feature photography, oil and acrylic paintings, watercolor paintings, wood work, ceramics and more.

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Soft Slab Construction From Simple to Complex

I will be teaching a workshop at the Sedona Arts Center in April. I'm really looking forward to meeting new people around the area and sharing my work with the ceramic community. If you're interested in signing up for the class, details can be found below. 

April 7–8, 2017

Friday and Saturday - April 7th and 8th , 2017
All Levels | Ceramics Studio| 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

This workshop demystifies working with soft slabs and deals with the essential components in creating unique slab-built objects. Workshop participants will learn the basics of constructing objects with clay slabs and tar-paper patterns. The presenter will cover necessary techniques...

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Every spring, Arizona State University’s Ceramics Research Center sponsors a self-guided tour of AZ ceramic artists in the Phoenix metro area. Artists who are not local to Phoenix are hosted by someone who has their home studio in the area. This will be my first year as a participating artist, and I will be hosted by Tiffany Bailey alongside fellow artists Magda Gluszek and Jason Bohnert. All four of us will be demonstrating ceramic techniques on both days of the tour.

Come check us out at Studio 9 on the map (37 E. 14th St. Tempe, AZ)

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Don Reitz & Ben Roti: tran•si•tions

Don Reitz & Ben Roti: tran•si•tions exhibition at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, 399 N Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91767 from January 14 - April 2, 2017. The gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday, Noon to 5pm.  This exhibition showcases the ceramics work of the late, legendary Don Reitz and his apprentice/assistant Ben Roti. Opening reception: Saturday, January 14, 6:00-9:00 PM with an artist presentation at 6:30pm. For more information: or call 909.865.3146.

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Return to Woodfire

I just returned from Lawrence, Kansas where I was apart of the Kansas University NCECA pre-conference. The week broke down into loading on Friday morning and firing the Noborigama kiln for three days, culminating in a fire-extravaganza on Monday evening. The kiln then cooled during the NCECA conference and was unloaded on Saturday. The 10 days I was in Kansas and Missouri was incredible, it was a tiring week of firing with friends, meeting new friends and sharing experiences with everyone. 

Kansas City, MO has some of the greatest old buildings, some are empty and totally abandoned, there are vacant lots, and a population of 450,000 but felt smaller than most cities. It was a perfect place to host the largest ceramic conference in the world. It was really great to see friends whom I hadn't seen in far too long. 

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Life is not a dress rehearsal...You only get one shot at it

WOW, such an incredible week. As I return to Arizona from NCECA, Facebook reminded me that it has been 2 years since my mentor Don Reitz has passed. While I was at the conference I was able to reconnect with so many great friends and meet just as many new ones! I feel so fortunate to have worked with Don at the ranch and am astonished with the doors he continues to open for me. Today I'm left thinking about something Don once told me, "It doesn't get any easier, it just gets different". I can honestly say that it's sure a hell of a lot different buddy, but I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you Don, love you and miss you.

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Kansas University Pre-NCECA

I will be one of the Visiting Artists at Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas for the pre-NCECA events March 9-15.  Visiting Artists will lead the firing of the four wood kilns, along with demonstrations and other events.  Great opportunity to participate with a great line up of artists. 

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I'm excited to be a co-featured artist with Ben Craigie at SoSoba and The Commerce in Flagstaff, Arizona. Be sure to check it out for first Friday, or stop by have some great food and maybe a few cocktails.  

#benlaugh at SoSoBa and The Commerce.

Join us for First Friday Artwalk this Friday February 5th for a very special art installation by Benjamin Craigie and Bennett Roti. 

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Made In Clarkdale Artist Of The Moment

Cottonwood AZ (October 29, 2015) – Made In Clarkdale’s new art in public places program,Artists of the Moment, will be featuring three Made In Clarkdale artists at the Old Town Center for the Arts on November 7th. The featured artists are Edward Krish, Ben Roti and Ramona Stites.

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The Almighty Cup

The Gandee Gallery and the Shaped Clay Society at Syracuse University are happy to announce the opening of The Almighty Cup, a national juried and invitational exhibition. The show presents an eclectic mix of styles of drinking vessels made by 47 ceramic artists from all over the country. It will be on view at the Gandee Gallery October 3 through November 22.  All of the work will be posted on the website by Friday, Oct 2, and online sales start after the opening on Sunday, Oct 4.  Call or email to make a purchase.  Click on Read More to see all of the pieces in the show!

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