The Latest News From The Ceramics Department

Van Almelo’s Work is on Display at the World Ceramic Biennale

The Frontierman newspaper featured an article about Alida van Almelo’s (Ceramics ’16) installation Coriolis that is on display at the World Ceramic Biennale at the World Ceramic Center in Icheon, South Korea. Van Almelo’s work is one of 90 or so on display, chosen from more than 2,400 entries world wide and her novel concept earned her a bronze prize, which carries with it a cash prize, including the museum’s purchase of her piece. The exhibition will remain open through October 2017.

Cranbrook Mourns the Passing of John Glick

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., April 7, 2017 – It is with heavy hearts that Cranbook mourns the passing of ceramicist John Glick (July 1, 1938—April 6, 2017). A 1962 graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, Ceramics), Glick went on to a career of great acclaim, creating ceramic works for dignitaries and the common man, always remaining a studio potter. “You could say I am hopelessly in love with bits and pieces of the making of pots,” he once said.
Known as “the people’s potter,” Glick operated Plum Tree Pottery in Farmington Hills, Michigan, from 1964 through 2016. He […]

Tobin Featured in “Architectural Digest”

Mosaic ceiling and tile wall designed, fabricated and installed by aluma Farley Tobin (Ceramics ’77) and her husband, Alton Parks, in author Andrew Solomon’s townhouse in New York City. The work was featured in the March issue of Architectural Digest.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Degree Exhibition Opens at Cranbrook Art Museum on April 23

Exhibition Preview on April 22
OPEN(STUDIOS) Returns on April 30

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., March 21, 2017 –The 2017 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public on April 23 and will showcase work from more than 60 graduating Cranbrook Academy of Art students. Featuring pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of students, visitors will see firsthand what it takes to become tomorrow’s creative leaders. The exhibition will run from April 23 through May 14, 2017, at Cranbrook Art Museum.

NCECA Conference Ceramics Alumni Exhibitions

Many Cranbrook alumni are showing ceramics artwork in and around the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ (NCECA) 51st Annual Conference, Future Flux. See our list of alumni exhibitions in and around the conference here.

Ian McDonald Named Ceramics Artist-in-Residence

Ian McDonald has been named as the new artist-in-residence for the ceramics department. He will replace Anders Ruhwald, who is leaving at the end of the academic year. McDonald will begin his tenure in September of 2017.

McDonald comes to Cranbrook from Eugene, Oregon, where he most recently was teaching in the ceramics department at the University of Oregon. Prior to that appointment, he served as a member of the faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute from 2003 – 2015.

Rosen Exhibits at PPOW in NYC

P·P·O·W in New York presents Tie Me to the Mast, a solo exhibition by Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics ’81). Rosen’s work explores the fundamental properties of ceramics by directly confronting the aesthetic and chemical relationships between sculptural form and painterly surface.

Ian McDonald Named Ceramics Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., February 22, 2017 – The Cranbrook Academy of Art Board of Governors and Christopher Scoates, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, announced today that Ian McDonald has been named the new Artist-in-Residence for the Academy’s Ceramics department. He will replace Anders Ruhwald, who is leaving at the end of the academic year. McDonald will begin his tenure in September of 2017.

2017 Cranbrook Academy of Art Annual Scholarship Awards and Exhibition at the Detroit Artists Market

The Detroit Artists Market is proud to announce that ten graduate students from Cranbrook Academy of Art were selected as finalists for this year’s John F. Korachis Scholarship Award. These artists will showcase their juried artwork at this year’s exhibition, which will also include works by renowned Cranbrook alumni and faculty.

Pàquin Exhibits at Presbyterian College

The Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery at Presbyterian College exhibits Ralph Pàquin’s (Ceramics ’82) Evolution: Of Origin and Form. Pàquin currently serves as a professor of studio art at the College. The exhibition will be open through February 27.

Goff Is Part of Group Show “Reel Real” at Fosdick-Nelson Gallery

Shannon Goff (Ceramics ’03) is part of the group show Reel Real at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred University. The exhibition questions perceptions of reality. Goff’s piece, a monumental sculpture made entirely out of cardboard, titled Miles To Empty, is a visual critique of the decline in human industry.

“Cranbrook Ceramics +/- 25 Years” Exhibits at ASU Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery

The ASU Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery in Tempe is showing works by 25 artists affiliated with Cranbrook Academy of Art. The free Cranbrook Ceramics +/- 25 Years exhibition features fun twists on the flower vase, paper weights, and porcelain dinnerware — plus video and more conceptual works.

Anders Ruhwald at Art Basel 2016

Anders Ruhwald exhibited at Art Basel Miami in 2016. His works were shown at Volume Gallery’s booth at Design Miami and highlighted in both Surface Magazine and Sight Unseen.

Maine Potters Market Features Orser

Maine Potters Market features alumnus David Orser (Ceramics ’90) work that includes bowls and vases depicting galaxies, comets, planets and constellations in cobalt blue inlaid slip decoration for the month of December.

Cranbrook Alums in Art Basel Miami Beach December 1-4, 2016

On your way to Art Basel Miami Beach? Be sure to see Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni and their work.

Here’s list of alumni who we know will be exhibiting.

Ng’s Work Is Featured in “Penobscot Bay Pilot”

Penobscot Bay Pilot profiled one of PechaKucha Midcoast’s most recent presenters Elaine K. Ng (Ceramics ’14), a multi-disciplinary artist working with sculpture and architectural installation.

Academy Alumni Named USA Fellows

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., November 18, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that alumni Vivian Beer (Metalsmithing ‘04), Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics ’81) and Piper Shepard (Fiber ’88) were each named 2016 United States Artists Fellows this week. Representing nine creative disciplines, each USA Fellow receives an unrestricted $50,000 award and recognition as one of America’s most accomplished and innovative artists.

Farrand and Herwitz Featured in Art21

Blog Art21 features an article about Devin Farrand (Ceramics ’11) and Ariel Herwitz (Ceramics ’11) who have solo exhibitions opening in Los Angeles at Ibid Gallery and Ochi Projects.

Farrand Part of “Slightly Undercooked”

Devin Farrand (Ceramics ’11) is part of a group show at BBQLA in Los Angeles. Slightly Undercooked asks, “Where does sculpture fit in a painting dominated art market?”

Afterhouse Supported by Murray, Daughdrill and the Ceramics Department

The Ceramics Department is taking part in a unique project with Academy alumni Abigail Murray (Ceramics ’05) and Kate Daughdrill (Print Media ’11) called Afterhouse in Detroit.

Herwitz Exhibition Opens at OCHI PROJECTS in Los Angeles

Ariel Herwitz’s  (Ceramics ’11) OCHI PROJECTS exhibition, A Crack, A River, A Chasm, A Sliver. The exhibition asks the questions: “The question is what do you see. The question is how do you see it. The question is how does it change you.” Her works explore through form, composition, color and texture, ideas of interpretation, understanding, and the subjectivity of the view or gaze. The exhibition runs until NOVEMBER 6, 2016.

Gerhardt Knodel Receives the 2016 American Craft Council Gold Medal Award

Nick Cave and Myra Mimlitsch-Gray Named Fellows

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Oct. 11, 2016 — Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Gerhardt Knodel, past Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum and former Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department, has been awarded the 2016 Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship by the American Craft Council (ACC).

Farrand Has Solo Exhibition at Ibid Gallery

Heft is a solo show of artist Devin Farrand (Ceramics ’11) at the Ibid Gallery in Los Angeles . The exhibition is the first solo show with the gallery. Inspired by the intersection of aesthetics and production, shop equipment and industrial materials are transformed into streamlined minimal objects. The exhibition closes November 5.

Ruhwald Exhibition Opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

Cranbrook Academy of Art Ceramics Artist-in-Residence Anders Ruhwald will open his latest exhibition, “Anders Ruhwald: Unit 1: 3583 Dubois” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland MOCA on Friday, September 23. The exhibition presents several life-sized rooms and corridors based on a permanent installation that Ruhwald is creating in one apartment of his building at 2170 Mack Avenue, previously addressed 3583 Dubois.
“It’s the most ambitious and comprehensive installation we’ve ever done in that space,” said Megan Reich, deputy director of MOCA, […]

Joan Rosenberg-Dent Collaborates in “Abstractions, Contractions, Intersections”

A new collaborative exhibition: Abstractions, Contractions, Intersections that brings together painter Francis Scorzelli and sculptor Joan Rosenberg-Dent (Ceramics ’80). Rather than relying on the viewer to ascribe emotional meaning, or using divisive ideological snippets, these pieces are intrinsically valuable because of their optical wit.

Jacque Liu To Open “Big Red Barn” at University City Arts League

University City Arts League in Philadelphia is featuring the exhibition Big Red Barn  by Philadelphia-based artist Jacque Liu (Ceramics ’02). Inspiration for the exhibition developed while the artist spent time in Maine, and explores how the ongoing beauty in the landscape has affected his perception of memory.  The exhibition closes October 14.

Current Ceramics Student Molly Berger Created a Black Cube Installation

The Gold Hill Art Project of Black Cube brings together a series of site-specific contemporary art installations situated in cabins and open spaces in the historic mining town of Gold Hill. Three Black Cube Artist Fellows including Molly Berger (Ceramics ’18), have created new works that respond to the local history and surrounding landscape.

Jon Geiger Installed ROAM at Black Cube Museum

Associate Preparator at Cranbrook Art Museum and Academy Alumnus Jon Geiger (Ceramics ’14) has installed his piece ROAM at the Black Cube Museum, a nonprofit, nomadic contemporary art museum in Denver. Black Cube works without traditional boundaries of a physical building, experienced primarily through pop-up art exhibitions and shops conceived by the artist. The exhibition will continue through October 17.

Anders Ruhwald Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., July 29, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art announced today that Anders Ruhwald, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department, will leave the Academy at the end of the 2016- 2017 academic year. Ruhwald notified the Academy of his decision earlier this week.

Toshiko Takaezu Terrace Named After Artist at the Hunterdon Art Museum

Recently, the Hunterdon Art Museum named a terrace at the museum after artist Toshiko Takaezu (Ceramics ’54). “Naming the terrace in Toshiko’s honor serves as a tribute to an artist who was intimately involved with the Museum and whose inspiring work influenced generations of artists,” said Marjorie Frankel Nathanson, executive director of the Hunterdon Art Museum. Takaezu passed away at the age of 88 in 2011.

Lindsey Dezman to Exhibit at Roman Susan Gallery

Alumna Lindsey Dezman’s (Ceramics ’14) exhibition Lindsey Dezman: The Driftless Region will open at Roman Susan Gallery in Chicago on September 3. Within the exhibition, Dezman explores natural forming clays as a way to highlight the inherent material lifespan from one type of clay to the next. The exhibition closes September 25.

Devin Farrand Featured in “Wallpaper Magazine”

Devin Farrand (Ceramics ’11) said in Wallpaper magazine his garage is, ‘a site of personal excavation.’ This is where he created his current series, Plates, in which some were presented with the Ibid Gallery at Frieze New York 2016.

Ebitenyefa Baralaye Awarded Teaching Fellowship; Shiraz Gallab Awarded a Second Year Fellowship

Recent Alumnus Ebitenyefa Baralaye (Ceramics ’16) has been selected as one of the five fellows to participate in a year-long, Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship at participating AICAD institutions during the 2016-2017 academic year. Alumna Shiraz Gallab (2D ’15) will also be continuing her 2015-2016 fellowship for a second year during 2016-2017.

John Glick Exhibits at Cranbrook Art Museum

Cranbrook Art Museum organized a major retrospective of of potter John Glick (Ceramics ’62), “John Glick: A Legacy in Clay.” The exhibition runs through March 12, 2016.

New JTG Detroit Project Has Cranbrook Connections

Artsy recently wrote a nice article on the new JTG Detroit Project, opened recently by Paul Johnson of Johnson Trading Gallery. According to Johnson, his “interest in Detroit began through his representation of two local designers, Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates Chris Schanck and Jack Craig—the latter now uses a room in the cathedral as his studio.” Anders Ruhwald, AIR and Head of our Ceramics Department, will also be involved in a project at the site later this year.

Devin Farrand Named One of Seven Not to Miss at Frieze

Alumnus Devin Farrand (Ceramics ’11) was named one of seven young artists not to miss at Frieze by the New York Times. Frieze New York was held May 5-8, 2016 in New York City.

Cranbrook Academy of Art at New York Design Week

The New York Design Fair opens this week, and Cranbrook Academy of Art students and several alumni will be exhibiting new work in the shows.

Our 3D Design Department is opening the exhibition Fine Design for the End of the World in the Collective Design fair, taking place from May 4-8, 2016, at Skylight Clarkson Sq. in West Soho, New York City.

This curated exhibition of new work by our current 3D Design students will explore how today’s most pressing challenges – such as social and economic inequalities, rampant material consumption, and environmental degradation – can become subjects for critical and poetic reflection in design objects.

Giniewski Has Success with “Drip” Process

Brian Giniewski (Ceramics ’09) is interview by Plant Hunter. They talk about his signature “drip” is organic, and quite difficult to create in frozen form. That, along with his creative use of color – tweaking recipes of familiar colors that have long been around in a way that makes them fresh and contemporary – is why Plant Hunter commissioned Giniewski for our very first Artist Collaboration.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award Finalists

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., April 21, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.

The award is part of Cranbrook’s long-standing partnership with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and represents the company’s commitment to both the Academy and art and design education worldwide.

Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen and Kathryn ‘O’Halloran Are In a Group Exhibition at Harmony Murphy Gallery

“Flat Foldability” is a group exhibition opening on April 21 at Harmony Murphy Gallery in Los Angeles and features Academy alums Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ‘14) and Kathryn ‘O’Halloran (Ceramics ‘13). The exhibition runs through June 11, 2016.

Anders Ruhwald Exhibits At Milan Design Week 2016

Cranbrook Artist-in-Residence Anders Ruhwald is part of a group exhibition during Milan Design Week 2016. Ruhwald is featured in Copenhagen Ceramics at Galleria Salvatore Lanteri. The exhibition contains new works by a group of Denmark’s foremost ceramic artists and highlights current developments on the contemporary scene of ceramic art and shows how, at the age of the digital and dematerialization, clay continues to inspire, to reinvent itself, and pushes artists towards new experimentations. The […]

Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Im Schafer

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., April 12, 2016 – It is with heavy hearts that the Cranbrook Academy of Art community mourns the loss of alumna Orapun “Im” Sarasalin Schafer (Ceramics ’09). Im was a gifted architect, designer, and so much more. She was a loving partner to fellow graduate David Schafer (Metalsmithing ’09), both in life and in their business, the design studio Studiomake. She was a radiant mother to their daughter, Sa. And she was a consistent face on numerous “one to watch” lists around the world.
Her loss at such a young age, with […]

Jae Yong Kim’s “Pop Goes the Donut” Opens at Lyons Wier Gallery

Jae Yong Kim’s (Ceramics ’01) “Pop Goes the Donut” exhibition opens on April 14 at the Lyons Wier Gallery in New York City. According to ArtFixDaily, “Jae Yong Kim’s work elicits an immediate visceral response. In this case, ‘DONUTS!’” The exhibition runs through May 14.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Named One of the Top Ten Fine Art Schools in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., March 31, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art was recently ranked sixth in the nation among fine art graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report. And of all the schools ranked in the top ten, Cranbrook Academy of Art had some of the most individual program-specific rankings, with seven departments ranked in the top 20 of their program.

Anders Ruhwald and Cranbrook Alums Featured in New York Times

In a the New York Times article, “The Five Most Important New Dealers on the Forefront of Design,” work by Artist-in-Residence, and Head of the Ceramics Department, Anders Ruhwald is featured in the Volume Gallery image. The article also mentions of work by Jesse Moretti (2D ’13), Jonathan Muecke (3D ’10) and Doug Johnston (Architecture ’07).

“Cranbrook +/- 25” Debuts at NCECA

The alumni-organized exhibition Cranbrook +/- 25 is making its debut at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference in Kansas City from March 16-19, 2016. Organized by Cranbrook Ceramics alumni Jessika Edgar (Ceramics ’11) and Drew Ippoliti (Ceramics ’09), the exhibition features the work of select students who studied under the guidance of Tony Hepburn and Anders Ruhwald.
The group’s impetus for launching the project, was that “Cranbrook Academy of Art has had and continues to have a significant impact of the world of art, architecture and design. For […]

Jon P. Geiger Awarded Black Cube Artist Fellowship

Black Cube, a nomadic contemporary art museum, announced its 2016 class of artist fellows which includes Jon P. Geiger (Ceramics ’14). Black Cube’s fellowship program is a unique fellowship program for contemporary artists which focuses on producing a site-specific exhibition, Art Objects for its museum shop, as well as broadly supporting the artist’s professional practice through individualized career support catered to each artist’s goals and needs.

Susan York To Open at Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Susan York (Ceramics ’95) will open an exhibition at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum on January 21. Susan York’s installation, Carbon, creates a dialogue between O’Keeffe’s and contemporary art. York, a Santa Fe based artist, works primarily in graphite.

Barbara Dale Awarded Lifetime Achievement in Cartooning

Cartoonist Barbara Dale (Ceramics ’78) is successful cartoonist,writer and greeting card designer, and winner of the 2015 Jack Davis Lifetime Achievement in Cartooning award from the southeast chapter of the National Cartoonists Society in October. Her profile was featured in the Baltimore Sun.

Josh Clark Awarded Gold Prize at 2016 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale

Josh Clark (Ceramics ’15) has won the gold prize at the 2016 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale set to open in July 2016. The award includes a cash prize of $15,000 and a solo show at Yingge Ceramics Museum. Clark will also produce a catalog of his work. The Taiwan Ceramics Biennale is one of the largest showcases of its kind in the world.

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