Tour exhibits, celebrates clay arts

February 13, 2005

The National Ceramic Educators Conference Association, which will hold its annual conference in Baltimore next month, is sponsoring a nationwide exhibition of works by hundreds of ceramic artists from all over the world.

The Carroll County Arts Council, Carroll Community College, Ain't That a Frame and McDaniel College will have displays from the Tour de Clay exhibition.

Clay sculptors

Carroll Community College will display Free at the Center: Eleven Sculptors in Clay running today through March 19 in the Scott Center gallery at the 1601 Washington Road campus.

The college's exhibit features 11 ceramics sculptors who are well known in the field.

Featured sculptors include: Maria DeCastro, M. Angela DiCosola, Leah Hardy, Joanne Hayakawa, Priscilla Hollingsworth, Laura Jean McLaughlin, Catherine Paleczny, Kathleen Royster, Ceil Leeper Sturdevant, Dong Hee Suh and Cheryl Tall.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today. A closing reception with the artists will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 19.

Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Information: 410-386-8000.

Arts Council display

The Arts Council's exhibit is titled Free Form and may be seen from Feb. 27 to April 1 in the Arts Center at 91 W. Main St., Westminster. The show at the Tevis Gallery will feature fine ceramics by the following artists:

Paul Berger of San Diego; John Glumpler of Archer, Fla.; Brian Hiveley and Rosanne Sinderman of Miami; Jill Lawley of Logan, Utah; Jami L. McKinnon of Camden, S.C.; Bonnie Seeman of Plantation, Fla.; Tara Wilson of Fairhaven, Mass.; and Markus Urbanik of New Harbor, Maine.

The Arts Council also will offer activities related to the exhibit:

A "Lunch & Learn" lecture will be held at noon Feb 24. Susan Williamson, the Arts Council's visual arts coordinator, will demonstrate various ceramic techniques and lead participants in exploring the properties of this "earth" medium. Coffee and dessert will be provided. Reservations are required.

Clay workshops will be conducted March 4 for children 10 and older and adults. Workshops will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to build a Jamaican pineapple pot; and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to make a terra cotta tile.

Pieces will be professionally fired and glazed after the workshop.

The cost is $10 per workshop; $8 for members. Reservations are required.

A reception with the artists will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 19, followed by a concert in the Arts Center's theater, featuring Burnt Earth, a musical ensemble that plays on instruments crafted from clay.

From high-energy percussion to the melodies of clay flutes, Burnt Earth offers a range of Celtic, African, Middle Eastern and jazz-influenced music. Tickets for the concert are $8, and $6 for Arts Council and association members.

The Arts Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Information: 410-848-7272.

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