Thursday, December 22, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
VISITING ARTIST WORKSHOPS
Monday, December 12, 2011
We use 19 different food-safe and lead free glazes in our ceramics department. We offer over 600 glaze samples but the possibilities are infinite! Ceramic glazes generally contain silica, which help form a glass-like surface and feldspars, which help the glass to melt. Combinations of naturally occurring oxides are what help to create the different colors of glaze, such as cobalt blues or copper greens and reds.
Glazing is most important for earthenware vessels, which is the same clay that flower pots are made from, otherwise they would be unsanitary due to the porosity of the type of clay. Glazing helps to seal the surface of the clay in order to keep liquids in...and bacteria out. In addition to the functional aspect of glazing, their is also the ability to use glaze like paint and the surface of your pot becomes the canvas. Glazes offer finshes that range from glossy to matte, and mottled to a solid color. Glazes may also enhance an underlying design or texture which may be either the "natural" texture of the clay or an inscribed, carved or painted design.
This is just a simple interpretation of what actually goes into a glaze forumla. If you are interested in learning more, there are tons of books out there. Also, check with your instructor if you have specific questions.
Most of all the work produced by students are fired in one of the two large Baileys in the kiln room. But we also have a kiln for "atmospheric" firing and Lillstreet offer classes in "atmospheric" firing. With atmospheric firing, you don't have to glaze the outside of the pots if you don't want to. Check out the catalog for Winter classes and look for "Soda" classes if you are interested in taking one of those classes.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Some of the workshop participants:
Workshop work in progress:
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Kensuke Yamada: Figuring Out
During this two-day workshop we will create unique, original, story-telling figurative works. Stories can come from childhood tales, comic books, movies, and your own personal experience. Kensuke will show his hand-building techniques to make figurative forms. We will start this workshop with your stories and drawings, then transform them into ceramic figurative sculpture. Kensuke will demonstrate basic hand building techniques and work with students to make a ceramic figure in their own unique way. Some hand building experience is necessary and figure drawing experience helpful, but all levels are welcome.
Saturday, August 06, 2011 to Sunday, August 07, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
1:00 - Ashely Gilreath; Metalsmithing & Jewelry
1:20 - Gabriella D'Italia; Textiles
1:40 - Sontra Stala; Artist at Large
2:00 - Jess Riva Cooper; Ceramics
3:00 - Kristina Paabus; Painting & Drawing
3:20 - Dobrila Pintar; Glass
3:40 - Joe Panizzo; Digital Arts & Photography
4:00 - Michelle Sallemi; Metalsmithing & Jewelry
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sergio has been a part of the Lillstreet Art Center community for years, having studying fine Arts at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City. When asked to describe the class students said "Sergio gives positive feedback, never negative criticism" and that the class works well because "there is no competition, all cooperation." When asked: why sculpture? the answer came easily - "In the end, it's learning to see."
Robin's background is in classic figure sculpture and anatomy having studies at the School of the Art Institute. Her students raved about the positive learning environment, fresh perspective, and opportunities for self discovery that Robin presented to them.
Summer classes start tomorrow! Consider expanding your horizons by taking a four week sculpture class- Figure Sculpture with Sergio Ceron, or Bas Relief with Robin Power. Come July take and eight week Figure Sculpture class with Sergio or a Figure in Costume class with Robin. Maybe a one day workshop is a better fit for your summer schedule? Check out Robin's August 13 Hand Study Workshop.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Theme: Inside Outside
A Ravenswood ArtWalk/RAWednesday Event
Open to Chicago area residents working in any medium.
Location: Prak-sis Gallery 1917 Irving Park Road
Exhibition: May 18th – June 1st
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 18th 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Closing Reception: Friday, June 3rd 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Submission Deadline: May 15th
Send up to 5 images (JPEG, 1MB or less per image) titled with your name, “johndoe1”, “johndoe2”. Email must include:
Artist Name / Title / Size / Medium / Price / Phone /Email
Notification: May 15th by email or phone of which works are accepted.
Drop-off: May 16th 1:00 - 7:00 PM or May 17th 9:00 - 11:00 AM at Prak-sis Gallery 1917 Irving Park Road
Installation: May 17th starting at noon. Call Bill Moran at 773-543-9256 if you are interested in assisting with installation.
Installation Fee: $20 for first piece / $15 each additional piece.
Limit 3 works. Fee due at drop-off. Checks made payable to Ravenswood ArtWalk.
Commission: 90% artist 10% RAW donation suggested
Curator: Bill Moran
Lillstreet's Fourth Annual International Exhibition: Below the Surface
We are accepting applications for all functional vessels and vessels referencing function that pay special attention to surface treatment.
To apply, please submit a maximum of 3 images and a $35 application fee to:http://www.lillstreet.slideroom.com/
This years Juror is Matthew Metz:
Matthew Metz has been a making his living as a studio potter for the last 20 years. He shares a home and studio in Alfred Station, NY with potter/educator Linda Sikora. Awards he has received include a NEA Crafts Fellowship, and two McKnight Fellowships. He shows and sells his pottery throughout the U.S. and internationally- including the St. Croix Potter’s tour, the Old Church Pottery Show, and the Philadelphia Craft Show.
Lark Ceramics is publishing an exciting new ceramics book in our 500 series, and we would like you to submit images for consideration. ...
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
1 Adult: $35
2 Adults: $65
3 Adults: $90
4 Adults: $110
Tickets Available Online or Call 773-769-4226
-Live music by Jessica Robbins and Nelken on the first floor, plus dancing with DJs from CHIRP Radio
-Children's Programs with ArtReach teachers from 6-7:30pm
-Food and drinks provided by First Slice, Angel Food Bakery, Drew's Eatery,
Spacca Napoli, John's Place, Roong Petch , and more
-Enter the raffle to win a weekend getaway at Lakeside, complete with an art workshop, food, lodging, and activities (paddle boats!)
-Bid on auction items from these businesses:
Provenance Food & Wine, Rare Bird Preserves, Pastoral Food & Wine, CHEW Fitness, Scrumptious Pantry, The Art Institute of Chicago, mk, Jo Snow Syrups, KCL Financial Coaching, BeSpoke Cuisine, Third Coast Surf Shop, Lakeside Inn, Salon 1800, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, The Bliss Spa, Four Hands Massage, Merz Apothecary, Fountainhead Restaurant, Prairie Moon, The Nevica Project, KIND Healthy Snacks
And these Artists:
Richard Notkin, Doug Casebeer, Ron Meyers, Bob Briscoe, Jayson Lawfer, AJ Argentina, Sam Scott, Emily Schroeder, David Bromley, Jay Strommen, Wally Bivens, Mike Jabbur, Katie Biderbost, Corinne D. Peterson, Rebecca Zemans, Bebeka, Ann Chikahisa, Richard Hunt, Laurie Rubin, Neha Vedpathak, Karen Appleton, Billy Bob Beamer, Fabiana Glazer, David Gillanders, Cathi Bouzide, and more!