Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Go Avery Potters!

Improv Girl Patti Connor-Greene teaches ceramics at the Avery Senior Center. Sue Grier recently donated 40 years worth of Ceramics Monthly as a resource for these very enthusiastic students of clay.

Monday, March 11, 2013

While at NC Potters Conference, a visit to Dwight Holland's house - WOW

Mugs along every beam in the kitchen & dining room.

Platters & plates all over the wall where the circular staircase  is.

A dinnerware set.


Tallest piece we saw...

Mata Ortiz pots behind a door.

More teapots.

Patti talking with Dwight Holland.

On the Saturday evening during the conference, everyone is invited out to Dwight Holland's house for camaraderie and to see his incredible pottery collection. I believe I heard him say that he has more than 1200 pieces and to see these pictures - one will agree - and these are just a sample. Simply inspirational and tons of fun! We are encouraged to enjoy the pottery - handle with care. His collection has been donated to East Carolina University in Columbia, NC as a teaching resource.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Improv takes in the N.C Potters Conference - Asheboro, NC

The gallery show at Randolph County Arts Center.

above: Tara Wilson's work in progress; below: Tara at work.

above: Julia Galloway demonstrating slip technique; below: work in progress. 

above left: Peter's work in progress; above: Peter Beasecker at work

Ernst, Denise, Sue & Patti
Watching potters work is always good. It doesn't really matter where you are in your level of making - it is reaffirming to keep experiencing. This past weekend the Improv Girls , Denise, Patti & Sue, plus fellow potter/friend Ernst trekked to Asheboro to watch Tara Wilson, Julia Galloway and Peter Beasecker throw & converse about how & why they make pots.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

It's been so very long....

Back in September 2012, we three traveled to Arrowmont to attend Utilitarian Clay VI. The cast of presenters were all emerging ceramic artists - none of the oldies-but-goodies. Interesting to hear from this generation of makers and the challenges they face. Some not so different from times past, some part of the contemporary scene. Somehow missed getting a photo of the Improv Girls - but the Smoky Mountains were lovely. Stay tuned as we head to the North Carolina Potters Conference this weekend in Asheboro, NC.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Improv Girls at the Clemson University Arts Gala!

Teapot Accessory Improv
Beginning in 2010, potters Patti Connor-Greene, Sue Grier & Denise Woodward-Detrich unofficially began The Improv Girls Of Clay. They set out to meet periodically at each other’s studios to talk about teapots, clay techniques & an assortment of other topics. At one point during the first year, they decided to embark on a collaborative experiment with the exchange of the different parts of the teapot – spouts, bodies & lids – what fun that turned out to be. As the rest of the year passed & the date for Conversations With Teapots approached, the artists were aware of a desire to keep working together and so, The Improv Girls Of Clay officially came into formation.
What you see today for the 2012 Celebration of the Center for Visual Art at Clemson is yet another exploration. Teapot Accessory Improv is their most recent twist to their Teapot Improv Collaboration of 2010. For this iteration they have selected a teapot from one and created a creamer & sugar, tray, tea bowls or cups to respond or echo the teapot. Deciding what aspect of the teapot to use as points of departure, to play with the combined ‘Denise-ness’, ‘Sue-ness’, or ‘Patti-ness’ of the teapot and accessories was part of this creative challenge. There is the teapot by Denise Woodward-Detrich, six tea bowls by Patti Connor-Greene and a tray with creamer and sugar by Sue Grier.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Impromtu Improv gathering

Last Wednesday (March 14th) just prior to the unloading of the Clemson Anagama, we found ourselves all in the same place. Here are spring-like shots of Lake Hartwell, near Clemson - where Patti & Dan were camping.

more on our meeting from Pot Belly Deli!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The next teapot adventure starts now...

A month or two ago, we had decided to pursue vases for our next Improv venture. However, an opportune suggestion from a friend has caused us to re-visit teapots yet again. Here are our choices for the next step. We have exchanged finished teapots and will each make two other accessories for each teapot not of our own creating. Follow along. The due date will be mid-April.