Pottery Sale and "Pots for Paws" fundraiser for PPNAZ

Join us for our annual Flagstaff Potters' Guild Pottery Sale in downtown Flagstaff, May 12th, 2018. Perfect timing to purchase a locally handmade gift for Mother's Day or your 2018 grad. This year we'll also have handmade pet dishes with proceeds going to Paw Placement of Northern Arizona (PPNAZ).http://www.ppnaz.org/home

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Spring Sedona Open Studio Tour 2018

The Spring 2018 Open Studio Tour will happen this Friday April 27th to Sunday, April 29th. Our Studio will be open on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th from 10 am to 5 pm. On Sunday the 29th we will be open from 12 to 5 pm. Be sure to stop by and see demonstrations by our artists and of course ceramic artwork

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re[VOL]ve

Ben Roti’s “re[VOL]ve” opens at Gallery 527 in Jerome during First Saturday Art Walk on February 3 from 5 – 8 p.m. Roti will feature new contemporary ceramic work constructed and altered on the pottery wheel. The collection of turned objects includes a variety of cups, bowls, jars, and platters. Vibrant glazes and slips are used to create a rich, weathered surface on the wheel-thrown utilitarian objects.

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Yunomi Invitational Exhibition

First Annual Yunomi Exhibition begins this week and officially opens Saturday, November 11th from 10-8 PM.

The Yunomi exhibit showcases the work of many of our superb local and regional clay artists. (15 artists, 2-5 pieces per artist = a staggeringly beautiful selection of choices. Holidays are just around the corner! Find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone.

Work is being delivered on a daily basis so if you'd like a preview stop by today or tomorrow to see what is currently available.

I look forward to seeing all the great work from artists across the state!

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Reitz Ranch Center for Ceramic Arts

It's been a little over 3 years since Don Reitz passed away and left behind his wonderful studio out in Sycamore Canyon in Clarkdale, AZ. I spent over 4 years growing up out in the desert. It seems just like yesterday I was waking up to the cows and horses brushing up against my trailer, however, time has passed and there is a start of something new. Don often spoke, in his remain years, of what the property could be. He talked of having artists from all disciplines come and use the property to further their creative energy. 

 

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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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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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2017 CERAMIC STUDIO TOUR

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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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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#benlaugh

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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Three Amigos – Ceramic Exhibition

Made In Clarkdale’s Corner Gallery announces the opening of the “Three Amigos Ceramic Exhibition”. Ben Roti, Michael Bolen and Luke Metz are excited to share their ceramic art collaboration. Each artist brings a unique vision and approach. Thinking outside the box is a quality all of these artists share. Come see where fine craftsmanship and art merge. 

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Origins

Origin is the point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived. In preparation for my show at the Pearson Lakes Art Center, I spent time reflecting on my own origin, roots, and life experiences. My ceramic career began 15 years ago at the Pearson Lakes Art Center where my work is currently on display. Taking that into account, this sense of nostalgia or “coming home” is the focal point of my recent creative efforts. The objects I crafted have a pronounced texture covered by bright colors that are worn down to reveal the raw earthenware clay below. This fabrication process creates a butter-soft patina and timeworn appearance in each piece. My hope is that viewers will handle the work and can connect with their own pasts…their origins.

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