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March Exhibits:

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Cascade Clay Artists and Allied Arts of Whatcom County present:
"Water's Edge"
March 2 - 31, 2012

1418 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225    phone:  360-676-8548
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Cascade Clay Artists and the Schack Arts Center present:
"Embracing the Edge: Working with Clay in the Pacific Northwest"
March 8 - April 19, 2012

Connecting with Clay – A day of demos & hands-on Raku  March 17, 10 AM - 7 PM
(see schedule below)

2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA  98201    phone:  425-259-5050


Official Events of the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Convention, March 28 - 31, 2012.
The shows feature contemporary and clay work by the members of Cascade Clay Artists.

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Connecting with Clay: a day of demonstrations & hands on Raku

Schack Art Center March 17th 10am-7pm

10:00-7:00 (last firing begins at 5pm)

All Fired Up: American Raku, a fundraiser (or-raising funds for the 2nd phase)

CCA members

Smoke, fire and drama! This is your chance to participate in a raku firing and help raise funds for a ceramic studio at the Schack Art Center. We’ll provide the bisque pots you can purchase and then help you glaze them and put them right into the kiln. This quick firing method will let you experience the process and have a finished piece to take home with you.

Workshops & Presentations


10:00-11:45    The Zen of Factory Work: techniques of throwing 
    Yonnah Ben Levy


10:00-noon & 1:00-3:00 (pre-register)    Faces in the Mud: a hands-on family activity making masks

Margo Grothe, Catherine Kerwick, Dinah Steveni - two sessions

An interactive –hands on workshop for children ages 5 to 13 to learn about how masks are used and have the opportunity to make their own mask out of clay. Children will learn about working with clay, glazing, and firing.

You might want to bring an apron, items that you could press into clay to make designs such as clam shells, rubber stamps, open weave fabric, almost anything which would leave and impression, or a small pair of scissors for cutting out designs out of paper.

One parent or adult must accompany the children from a family.


10:15-10:45    Catherine Kerwick

Catherine Kerwick presents an overall look at the photo images of her sculpture from the past 25 years of working in clay. Using the handbuilt method, her body of work includes sensual, organic vessels; a series of birds; also a series of DreamWalker and Deva spirit dolls; and sculpture that portrays the human figure. The most recent example is the group of four boxes chosen to be on the Cascade Clay Artists postcard inviting you to the Shack Center exhibit.


11:00-1:00 (pre-register)    Paper Clay Magic: making pages for a clay book      June Haddox

The name of the material called Paper Clay sounds deceptive. June uses it to do some pieces that require flexibility in the design and to lighten up the piece.  She will demonstrate how to pour the clay into very thin sheets that can be used to make a clay "book" sculpture.

The presentation will explain some of the wondrous properties it has to repair cracks on dry, bisqued and fired pieces as well as letting you rejoin pieces of green ware, bisque ware, and fully fired ware. Paper clay's fired light weight will let you create less heavy pieces. Great for wall sculpture!

A list of reading and reference materials will be provided which can guide you to proceed on your own without trepidation. Paper clay is a fine way to start children and teens on a path of discovery into the joy of clay art.  


11:00-12:45 (pre-register)     Handbuilding with Coils: a demonstration   Pat Morse 

Ancient potters, worldwide, made coil pots. Today with all our ceramic technology, we can turn back to the simplicity of coiling for fresh ideas from the clay. From simple to elaborate designs, coils are an accessible technique for all skill levels.

Pat Morse makes extraordinary pots using coils; she will share her work and open your eyes to new possibilities.



Noon-1:45 (pre-register)    Gypsy Drums and More: a Clay Drum Workshop    Persis Gayle

Persis will demonstrate methods of constructing clay drums using a combination of slabs and throwing. She will also explain the techniques for stretching and attaching hides for the heads.


1:00-2:45 (pre-register)    Story Telling with the Figure: making large ceramic sculpture using coils and slabs

Pam Summers

Pam Summers has been telling stories with her figurative ceramic sculptures for over 30 years. She has always enjoyed making larger pieces and lately is making even larger outdoor sculptures for special spots in the yard or garden. Her presentation will discuss her inspiration and the realities of making large outdoor clay sculptures.

She will explain the advantages of building large sculptures in sections, types of clays to use, armatures, and ways to join the sections together. She will also share her firing techniques and the glazes and stains she uses to finish them.


1:00-3:00 (pre-register)    Faces in the Mud: a hands-on family activity making masks

Margo Grothe, Catherine Kerwick, Dinah Steveni – 2nd session

An interactive –hands on workshop for children ages 5 to 13 to learn about how masks are used and have the opportunity to make their own mask out of clay. Children will learn about working with clay, glazing, and firing.

You might want to bring an apron, items that you could press into clay to make designs such as clam shells, rubber stamps, open weave fabric, almost anything which would leave and impression, or a small pair of scissors for cutting out designs out of paper.

One parent or adult must accompany the children from a family.


1:00-2:30     Building Pots Piece by Piece - using pieces of the textured slabs to build clay vessels.

Roger Cocke (Roger the Potter) of Camano Island Pottery

Roger will demonstrate how he makes vessels using textured and torn pieces of clay slabs.

The first part of the demonstration will concentrate on tools, texturing and stretching clay slabs, and preparing clay pieces for assembly into vessel forms. Types of clays will be discussed. Roger will show a portion of his extensive collection of tools and texturing stamps and demonstrate how they can be applied to the clay.

Next will be a discussion on forms, molds, and alternative methods of assembling slab pieces. Roger will bring several molds, forms, and examples of completed work.

Finally, Roger will demonstrate how he actually tears and assembles slab pieces in a selected mold form. As the assembly continues, the discussion will include methods of finishing the interior and alternatives for finishing the lip or top of the vessel. Also discussed will be the curing and drying of the piece before it is fired.

A brief discussion about options for glazing the finished vessel will complete the demonstration.


1:00-3:45 (pre-register)     Clay Totems: concept, composition & construction    Maria Root

Clay totems are a fun statement or surprise in the garden or house. This workshop focuses on three important aspects; how to think about a totem from theme to composition, what is its purpose and location, and finally, Maria reveals the hidden mechanics she has developed to allow these things to stand vertically, the parts to line up and stay in place, and weather considerations. There will be demonstrations of all of these phases and a couple of totems will be assembled in class to demonstrate Concept, Composition, and Construction.

Sign up encouraged (for adequate counting of handouts).


3:00-4:00   Image and Artifact: clay image in installation work –a video presentation   Chaim Bezalel


3:30-5:30    Leaf it on the Table: handbuilt leaf dinnerware        Kathy Huckleberry

Kathy Huckleberry will demonstrate the hand-building techniques she uses for her maple leaf motif serving pieces. Pieces in various stages of the process will be on view to illustrate the process, from slab to glaze. Kathy will build a small bowl during the demonstration, apply underglaze to a completed bowl, discuss applying glaze to the bisque fired bowl to achieve a finished piece with nuances of color simulating those found in fall leaves.


4:00-5:00  The Tingle Factor: applying, being accepted & participating in the International Ceramic Festival in Mino Japan        Dinah Snipes Steveni


4:30-6:30 (pre-register) Landscape Perspective: Throwing and altering large platters – a demonstration with slides    Greg Tate


5:30-6:30  Edge to Edge: making slab boxes  Phoenix Rising


5:30-6:00  Traveling Upstream: making a large public relief tile mural – the story with slides, and demonstrations

Marguerite Goff


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Cascade Clay Artists, a Washington State non profit corporation, is an artist's organization that promotes the work of ceramic artists in the Northwest.  The group meets monthly to share ideas, organize exhibitions, plan workshops, and mentor its members.  Membership is open to anyone interested in ceramic arts.  Dues are $20 per calendar year. 

CCA sponsors mutliple events.  One of the most fun and interesting events is the "Fall Burn Party".  Members meet on Camano Island and spend the day firing RAKU and SAGER pottery.  These pieces are one of a kind decorative art work.  The public is welcome to come watch the fun, or fire a piece for a nominal fee.  The 2010 Burn Party was held in September at the Country Club beach.


This Website will be updated with information about past, current, and future events.  See the links at the left of this page for options. 

Please feel free to contact a CCA officer, attend a meeting or an view an exhibit.

UBI Number:  602-604-937
APPID:  542874
Since 5/1/2006


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