Anthropocene: The innovative human-NCECA 2018
This group show of ten artists made work exhibiting human's impact on geology and earth's ecosystems. unsmokeartspace.com was an amazing venue, capturing the dichotomy between human's desire for progress and preservation.
The symptoms of culture were confronted through the portrayal of architecture, endangered animals, changing geology, and observations of nature’s adaptation to culture, or vice-versa.
The show was hosted during the 52nd Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts March 14 – 17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture, was the theme for NCECA’s 2018 conference and reflects Pittsburgh as a city of rivers, bridges, complex immigrant history, gritty perseverance, and reinvention.
This exhibition paid homage to the bonds that are made between international mentors and the resident student artist. The opportunity to work with other skilled artists in your field, especially for the impressionable and vulnerable, still developing, recently graduated BFA or BA student is imperative. I know this firsthand, as I was one of the first residents at the Cub Creek Foundation www.cubcreek.org, a residency program in Appomattox, VA, and was lucky enough to work with potters from Japan and a sculptor from Korea. The Resident Director, John Jessiman, was and still is a mentor who continues to facilitate these intersected experiences between culture, people and their art.
The Fine Art of Contemporary Crafts IV
Group exhibition invitational. www.watsonmacraegallery.com/
Opening December 12, 2017
Solo exhibition at InTandem Gallery
Opening reception Saturday, May 6th 5-8pm.
NCECA 2017 Gallery Expo
Find my work at the Gandee Gallery in the conference center at this year's NCECA in Portland, OR.
Workshop at Lee Arts Center Arlington, VA
Join us in this hands-on workshop where you will have a chance to explore a variety of surface techniques on red stoneware clay. Shanna will demonstrate multiple hand-built approaches that lend themselves to illustrated surfaces such as press-molded tiles, slump molded slab platters, drape molded template-cut trays, and coil-built containers. We will also throw and alter forms on the wheel with the intent of gaining familiarity and ease with vessels that work well with imagery or pattern.
Shanna will demonstrate how to use slip, underglaze, texture, and thermo-fax screen prints as successive layers to create a canvas for sgraffito drawing, Participants will have access to a variety of thermo-fax screens during the workshop. The screens are a type of stencil that are customizable and made ready to use without using photographic emulsion. By simply ribbing viscous underglaze through the screen, one can contrast a printed image with the linear quality of hand drawn sgraffito. Resources for purchasing the screens will be provided.
Bisqued fired pieces will then be presented to show glaze, wax resist and oxide wash techniques. We will discuss composition and proportion, timing in clay, image-generation, and how to apply the techniques to your own work. A slide presentation with examples of work, influences and research wrap up the instruction.
Solo exhibition at Larkin Arts
An exhibition featuring wall work, functional pots and sculpture! www.larkinarts.com/ March 2017
Workshop at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
I'll be demonstrating surface techniques at my undergraduate program, JMU. Finished works will be on display at Larkin Arts in downtown Harrisonburg.
Workshop at Clay Art Center
I will be demoing along with two other past residents.
Beginners and experienced clay makers will enjoy creating functional pottery and sculptural tiles with low-fire earthenware. Explore surface techniques with slip, oxide washes, and mason stains to create color and depth. Create narratives with imagery through sgraffito and thermo-fax, a simple print-making technique.
Morean Center for Clay
Invited by Sue Tirrell to exhibit with Stories on Clay. October-November 2016 www.moreanartscenter.org/center-for-cla?
NCECA 2016 Kansas City, MO
Check out my work in Kansas City this year at:
Nevica Project www.thenevicaproject.com/ at a pop-up gallery across from the Sherry Leedy Gallery; 18 Hands in the Gallery Expo; and at the SIUE Alumni Exhibition.
Lillstreet Art Center
My work is being shown in an exhibition featuring the alumni of Cub Creek Foundation.
Ball State University Exhibition
My work is being shown in the Atrium Gallery along with several other Cub Creek Foundation alumni until the end of February.