The Latest News From The Ceramics Department

Alumna York Is Exhibiting in New York and Europe

Susan York (Ceramics ’95) has several exhibitions in New York and Europe scheduled . Galerie Anna Wenger in Zürich, Switzerland will feature York’s work in a solo exhibition at booth A07 at VOLTA: Basel from June 11-16. In New York, GALLERY WALKTHROUGH / SUSAN YORK: FOUNDATION ‘s exhibition at The Drawing Center is open through October 18. And in Munich, <[…]

Cranbrook Fiber and Ceramics’ Graduates Create Linens and Porcelain Trays for Siren Hotel

ASH NYC and Quinn Evans Architects restore the 1926 Wurlitzer Building at the Siren Hotel where the bed linens and covers as well as porcelain trays were created by Cranbrook Academy of Art Fiber and Ceramics departments. Constructed in 1926 by architect Robert Finn, the building was once a lighthouse for local musicians — the largest record and instrument store in the entire world, brought to […]

Lipski Has New Installation at NYU Langone Hospital

Donald Lipski (Ceramics ’73 and a 2013 recipient of the Academy’s Distinguished Alumni Award) has a new installation at NYU Langone Hospital. According to Lipski, he wanted to make a sculpture for children “that would delight them; something so astounding it would distract even those arriving for the most serious procedures, and so lovable that young patients coming back again and again with chronic conditions would see it as an old friend.”

Kaneko Speaks with “Alive Magazine” about his Life and Practice

Past Artist-in-Residence Jun Kaneko (Ceramics AIR, 1979-1986) speaks with Columbus’ Alive Magazine about his life and practice.  “Creative energy is nothing special. It’s just like a heartbeat. Without it, I’m dead. I need art to survive,” he says. “If you’re a practical thinker, you shouldn’t do art. You don’t think practically about how to make your heart beat. It’s a necessity. Art is the necessity of your being.”

McDonald Exhibits at Curator’s Cube in Tokyo

Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department  Ian McDonald opens Studio Pottery Ian McDonald Exhibition at Curator’s Cube in Tokyo. According to Curator’s Cube, “There is an overlap between artificial lines cleaned and arranged, but shapes that firmly blend well with wonders outside of people’s lives. The shadow that light forms makes up different landscapes on the back of our eyes. Ian McDonald’s sculpture, sculpture centered on ceramics.”
The exhibition runs through June 3, 2018.
 
 

Cranbrook Academy of Art Students Receive More Than $250,000 in Awards

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 11, 2018 — On the eve of its 2018 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 10.
Before a gathering of more than 200 students, families, friends and donors in deSalle auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum, the Academy distributed more than $250,000 in fellowships, grants, awards, and scholarships. The awards are designed to support study at the Academy and to aid 2018 graduates in the transition from student to practicing artist.
Chen Li, a 2018 graduate of […]

SAIC X Cranbrook Exchange is at MOCAD Detroit

This Friday on May 4 from 5-8pm, Cranbrook and SAIC Ceramics departments are having a pop up show at MOCAD in Detroit. Established in 2015, the SAIC X Cranbrook Exchange is an exhibition produced by current second-year graduate students form the Ceramics Departments of the Art Institute of Chicago and Cranbrook Academy of Art. The Exchange embodies the notion of contemporary ceramics contextualized form the viewpoint of artists from two of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

Gatto and Wright Exhibiting at Dubois Basement

In Eastern Market, Dubois Basement is hosting an opening reception for Everywhere -Michelle Branch, a two-person show featuring new work from Academy alumnea Clare Gatto (Photography ’17) and Anjuli Wright (Ceramics ’17). The semi collaborative installation is a rendezvous of body and mass through photography and ceramics. The works are perpetually focusing and blurring, causing objects to flatten while images exude movement. This constant tension between zooming in and zooming out becomes […]

Binion “Curates in Detroit” at The Hill Gallery

On May 4 from 5-8pm at The Hill Gallery in Birmingham, Mich. is the opening reception of McArthur Binion: Curates in Detroit. The exhibition features work selected by McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) and features Academy alumni: Addie Langford (Ceramics ’06), James Franklin (Painting ’17) and Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11). The exhibition closes on June 15, 2018.
 
 

Oliver Presents Design Concept at University of Kentucky for Memorial Hall

Karyn Olivier (Ceramics ’01) submitted design concepts for art to be featured in two vaulted spaces in Memorial Hall’s vestibule at University of Kentucky. As part of their visits, Olivier and another artist presented initial proposals selected for consideration by UK’s Memorial Hall Art Committee. The concepts chosen for review by the committee were acquired during a national search looking for site-specific installations to establish a rich aesthetic and conceptual dialogue with Memorial Hall itself and the mural by Ann […]

Olivier Presents and Exhibits at Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center

Horger Artist-in-Residence Karyn Olivier (Ceramics ’01) will present her work, discuss current projects, as well as the work she is doing with Lehigh University students on April 16 at 6pm at Black Box Theatre, Zoellner Arts Center.  This artist talk is in conjunction with the exhibition Karyn Olivier, continuing through May 25 at the LUAG Main Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center.

Giniewski is profiled in “Uncommon Goods”

Artist Brian Giniewski (Ceramics ’09) is profiled in Uncommon Goods . He talks about how he began in ceramics, studying at Cranbrook, and his practice. When asked about how he sets goals for himself Giniewski says, “I only make short-term goals these days. In the year and a half that I’ve been running the business as my full-time job, everything is constantly changing. I’m really lucky that people are paying so much attention to ceramics right now. Like, ceramics is having such […]

Masuoka Curates Jun Kaneko Exhibition for Akron Art Museum

Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines, the Akron Art Museum’s first exhibition curated by the museum’s John S. Knight Director and CEO Mark Masuoka (Ceramics ’87), is open. According to museum officials, Masuoka drew on a nearly 35-year relationship with the artist to create the exhibition. Jun Kaneko was Academy Ceramics Artist-in-Residence from 1979-1986 and his former Academy instructor. It includes several large-scale ceramic sculptures, drawings, paintings and a site-specific installation of Kaneko’s 65-foot-long painting, “Mirage.”  Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines […]

“The Ice Palace” featured work in ice by current Academy students and alumni

TESSELLATE is the gallery operated by Elise DeChard (Architecture ’17) in Pontiac. The Ice Palace exhibition features work (all created in ice!) by more than a dozen Academy alumni and current students including: Torey Akers (Painting ’16), Molly Aubry (Print Media ’18), Eric Broz (Sculpture ’17), Jim Bullard (Print Media ’17), Rachel Deboard (Painting ’17), Mark Dineen (3D Design ’13), Sabastian Duncan-Portuondo (Fiber ’18), Lorena Cruz Santiago (Photography ’19), Rachel Ferber (Fiber ’18), Margaret Hull (Fiber ’16), Rachel Pontious (Painting ’17), and Anjuli Wright (Ceramics ’17).

Kim’s Ceramic Donuts Featured in “Colossal”

Pop-art inspired ceramic donuts created by Academy graduate Jae Yong Kim (Ceramics ’01) are featured in Colossal. Kim chooses patterns and images that evoke a sense of pop culture both past and present, with several pieces imitating the style of famous painters such as the splattered marks of Jackson Pollack or concentric dots of Yayoi Kusama. These references, alongside their presentation as food, ask the audience to consider what they are really consuming when viewing his small, spherical works.

Eichenberg and Turner Featured Academy Graduates in “Moreland” at Simone DeSousa Gallery

Opening on October 21 and organized by Metalsmithing Aritist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg and alumna Sarah Turner (Metalsmiting ’04), with support from Simone DeSousa Gallery, MoreLand takes its inspiration from an essential community stronghold, a site of function, curiosity and learning: the hardware store. MoreLand continues a long-tested assertion that in the right hands, objects that are useful and practical can also be thoughtful, evocative and poetic. For MoreLand, 24 art, craft, and designed-based makers were invited to reimagine the things they love in hardware stores.  Participating Artists in the exhibition include many Academy of Art graduates: Kat Burdine (Pring Media ’15), Eunji Choi (Metalsmithing ’14), Terry Conrad (Print Media ’10), Iris Eichenberg, Fabio J. Fernandez (Sculpture ’02), Chitra Gopalakrishnan (2D Design ’09), Ken Gray (Metalsmithing ’86), Gésine Hackenberg, Esther Knobel, Travis Lewis (Metalsmithing ’10), Myra Mimlitsch Gray (Print Media ’86), Eija Mustonen, Gitte Nygaard, Suzanne Pugh, Alexis Richards (Metalsmithing ’17), Ellie Richards, Nadège Roscoe-Rumjahn (Metalsmithing ’14), Jovencio de la Paz (Fiber ’12), David Schafer / Studio Make (Ceramics ’09), Alberte Tranberg (Metalsmithing ’18), Robert Turek (3D Design ’10), Sarah Turner, Studio Gorm (John and Wonhee Arndt).
The exhibition runs through December 23, 2017.

York’s “Foundation” is at The Drawing Center in NYC

Using graphite as a sculptural rather than a two-dimensional medium, York created replicas of parts of the museum’s foundation: irregular granite piers that protrude above the museum’s ground floor. Four graphite drawings, each mirroring the appearance of a pier, hang alongside York’s sculptural works, strengthening the ties between drawing and sculpture in her practice.

Artist-in-Residence Ian McDonald Is Profiled in “Surface Magazine”

Surface Magazine asks a designer to take a selfie and is profiled about their practice and work in their “Ask A Designer” piece. Ceramics Artist-in-Residence Ian McDonald was interviewed about shooting hoops, a forthcoming show in Japan, and his aversion to clutter.

LVL Gallery Named Kent Artist of the Week

LVL Gallery named Stephen Kent (Ceramics ’13) Artist of the Week and profiled him. Kent has been a student at Penn State, Cranbrook Academy of Art, at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, a participant in the International Ceramic Research Center, Guldagergaard in Denmark and received a Fellowship at the Oxbow School of Art and Artist residency in Michigan. In 2013 he moved to Berlin where he has continued to work around ideas of resolution and image production through the decorative gesture and the exploration of cultural codes embedded in everyday objects.

Rosen to Exhibit at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is the artist’s first major survey and chronicles over 20 years of her work in ceramics. The exhibition will also feature works on paper that mirror the trajectory of her works created in clay. For over two decades, Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics ’81) has demonstrably delved into the place of craft in the contemporary art landscape. Formally trained in ceramics, Rosen has expanded her practice from the functional and decorative into expansive conceptual installations that meld materiality and process. Her diminutive and occasionally monumental works are composed through laborious and obsessive additive processes that push the medium beyond spectacle and into dialogues about endurance, labor, and feminist thought, as well as nature, destruction, and regeneration. The exhibition is opening on August 19 – November 26, 2017.

“Peripheral Vision” Names Cranbrook Alumni Fellows

Cranbrook Alumni Sarah C. Blanchette (Photography ’17), Lydia Enriquez (Photography ’17) and Ouyang Jing (Photography ’17) have been awarded Publication Fellowships for Peripheral Vision. This fellowship is for emerging and mid-career professional American artists in conjunction with our inaugural salon-style exhibition, curated by critic Georgia Erger. Submitted works represent the diversity of contemporary art practice and occupy various points of intersection around common themes and aesthetic concerns. Salon 2017, forthcoming this fall, will take the form of an introductory essay by the curator containing links to artist project pages.

AICAD Names Bhadviya, Thompson, and Baralaye Fellows for 2017-2018

AICAD fellows have recently been selected to participate in a year-long, Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship at participating AICAD institutions during the 2017/18 academic year. Three Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates were selected as Fellows. Jetshri Bhadviya (Photography ’15) and Preston Thompson ( 2D Design ’17) will participate in the first year Fellowships. Meanwhile, Ebitenyefa Baralaye (Ceramics ’16) will be continuing in his position as a second year Fellow. The Fellowship program seeks to provide professional practice opportunities to high-achieving alumni and values diversity as central to excellence in art and design education.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Students Receive More Than $200,000 in Awards

Annual “Academy Awards” Celebration Caps Off Academic Year

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 15, 2017 — On the eve of its 2017 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 11.

“Hyperallergic” Features Ruhwald’s Latest Work in “Glasur Stykker”

This month, Artist-in-Residence Anders Ruhwald’s Glasur Stykker, which debuted at Volume Gallery’s booth at Design Miami in December of last year, is on display for the first time at its Chicago location. The title roughly translates from Danish as “glaze piece,” and is an assemblage of experiments in small, glazed forms. These new works by Ruhwald are the ceramicist equivalent of running through a field of wildflowers — or, in his words, creating a sketchbook.

Alumnus Anderson Honored by HMA

The Huntington Museum of Art named Dan Anderson (Ceramics ’70) as a Walter Gropius Master Artist this month. An exhibit of work by Anderson will remain at the Huntington Museum of Art through June 4. Anderson is a full-time studio artist following 32 years of teaching ceramics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he now is professor emeritus. He has received an NEA individual artist fellowship, six artist fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, as well as residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana (1996) and the Red Lodge Clay Center, Montana (2010, 2012, 2014).

A Review of Rosen’s Work Is Featured in ” Art in America”

Alumna Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics ’81) is featured in Art in America. Her exhibition at PPOW is titled Tie Me to the Mast. Each piece is a collection of many ceramic objects: tubes and gourds and balls and blobs, all piled up on a wheeled dolly and whipped together with wire. These six-foot-high towers are imposing, yet hilarious in their pendulous anthropomorphism. She began making them in 2010 and 2011.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award Finalists

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., April 28, 2017 – 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.

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.

“Artsy” Named Stoller One of the “20 Artists Shaping the Future of Ceramics”

Jessica Stoller (Ceramics ’06), one of the “20 artists shaping the future of Ceramics” according to Artsy. She uses china paints to add color, often firing works up to five times to achieve the right hues, and finishes her surfaces with pearlescent lusters. She’ll show these works with P.P.O.W at Art Basel in Hong Kong this March, and as she prepares for her next solo show at the New York space, she’ll do a residency at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan, with support from a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.

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).

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