Posted by: Nancy
February 18, 2014
This weekend you’ll have a once-a-year chance to see some of the best ceramic artists at work in their own studios during the 13th Annual Self-Guided Ceramic Studio Tour. The tour presents the work of more than 50 professional ceramic artists in the Phoenix metropolitan area, including several in Tempe. It’s a great opportunity to view working and living spaces of participating artists. Even better, you get to actually watch many of them demonstrating different aspects of creating in clay, including wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing techniques. Be sure to take your check book and plastic because many of the artists will have pieces of their work for sale. I’ve taken the tour several times and I always find something beautiful to take home. Maps of the tour locations are available at the ASU Art Museum. Or, you can download a PDF of the map at http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/studiotour/. The tour takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
There are also two not-to-be-missed related ceramics exhibitions, MUCK and the 13th Annual Ceramic Studio Tour Exhibition. MUCK features work by Susan Beiner, Nathan Craven, Michael Fujita, David Hicks, Annabeth Rosen, Meghan Smythe and Matt Wedel. Their works combine potent elements of labor, scale and the innate sensuality of clay and glaze to address concerns of environmental degradation and the search for balance in a seemingly all-consuming technological culture. MUCK will be on display at the ASU Art Museum through March 2. I attended the ASU Art Museum Spring Reception last Friday and believe me, this exhibition is beyond description in its beauty and variety. I was again reminded of what an extraordinary medium clay is when put in the hands of extraordinarily gifted artists.
The13th Annual Ceramic Studio Tour Exhibition features the work of 40 area ceramic artists. Many of the pieces are for sale. The exhibition will be on display at the Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace through March 2.
As you can see, there’s a lot going on all week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.
- February 18: Diana Lee & Joel Robin with Guest Appearance by Dennis Rowland, Mad Hatter Brew Pub
- February 18: ASU Student Jazz Combos, ASU Music Building Recital Hall
- February 18-20: Arizona’s Funniest Comedian; February 21-23: Frank Caliendo, Tempe Improv
- February 18-21 French Duos for Strings and Piano, ASU Katzin Concert Hall
- February 19: Walk in Wednesday Open Mic, Tempe Center for the Arts
- February 20: Geeks’ Night Out, Tempe City Hall
- February 20-March 1: Stray Cat Theatre: The Whale, Tempe Performing Arts Theatre
- February 21: Music in the Garden: Pete Pancrazi, Desert Botanical Garden
- February 21: ASU Pave Speakers Series: Claudia La Rocco, Lyceum Theater
- February 21: Gohar Vardanyan, Guitar, ASU Katzin Concert Hall
- February 21: Comedy Concert Series: Gays & Dolls; Sci-Fi Fridays: Society and Technology in Film, Tempe Center for the Arts
- February 21: Lakeshore Music: Tierney Sutton Band, Tempe Center for the Arts
- February 21: The Irie; February 22: Knee Deep Experience, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
- February 21: Scott & John of Hello Swindon; February 22: Charley & Jesi, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
- February 21: Narcoleptic Spiders; February 22: Celtic Cowboys, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- February 21-23: 13th Annual Self-Guided Ceramic Studio Tour, ASU Art Museum
- February 22: Scatfish, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
- February 22-March 16: Childsplay Presents The Cat in the Hat, Tempe Center for the Arts