Wednesday, December 10, 2008

30th Annual Contemporary Craft Exhibition

Congratulations go out to the ADC members juried into the MCA Contemporary Crafts exhibition this year.

Above: Nick DeFord, Found, Embroidery on map, 15" x 22"

Left: Farraday Newsome, "Nesting Snake Cloud", glazed terra cotta, 20x20x2 1/2"

Below: Marla Hattabaugh, Mother, Don't Dance ...., cottons, hand dyed/air brushed/silk screened, machine pieced, hand quilted, 73" x 54"
Out of 131 artists, the juror, Namita Wiggers, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon selected 58 artworks by 39 artists to make up the show. This is always one of the highlights of the year for our community of craftsmen and should not be missed!

Lynette Andreasen
Left top: Linked, 13"x6"x2"
Above:Mementos, each 2.5"x2.25"x.5
Left bottom: Sisters, 9"x6"x6"
The opening is January 23rd from 6-8pm. The show runs Jan 23-Mar 15, 2009. Mesa Arts Center is located on the corner of Main Street and Center Street in Downtown Mesa. For more info:

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Holiday Festivities

Happy Holidays are upon us again!
Marla Hattabaugh has graciously offered to host this year's holiday party!

Saturday, December 20th
11:00 - 2:00pm
6339 E. Mitchell Dr.Scottsdale, AZ 85251

As usual it will be a pot luck so bring something yummy. If you want to know what to bring you could follow this breakdown: Last names beginning with A-J bring a side dish, K-Q bring a dessert and R-Z bring a main dish. Otherwise...just bring whatever you want to! I will bring a pecan pie with a slice missing... my specialty. Marla will be making a batch of chili.

Ornament Exchange
Optional: Bring a handmade ornament to exchange. Make sure it is wrapped and keep the cost under $10 worth of materials. There was no vicious stealing last year, but we shall see what this year brings.

Monday, November 10, 2008

SMoCA Lecture: Rope, String, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in Comtemporary Art

Dr. Elissa Auther is scheduled to speak on DEC 4th at 7 PM

The words “radical” and “subversive” might not be the first (or second) to come to mind when mentioning knitting, lacemaking, embroidery or other historical crafts. Today, however, these fiber techniques enjoy a revolutionary new legitimacy in the contemporary art world. Dr. Elissa Auther will discuss the historical context for the elevation of such practices from craft to art. What are the artistic and political issues driving this new work? Auther is assistant professor of contemporary art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Her book, String, Felt, Thread and the Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art, forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press, focuses on the increased visibility of fiber in American art of the 1960s and 1970s and the changing hierarchical relationship between art and craft. In conjunction with the exhibition Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting.

7380 E Second Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Stage 2 Theater.
$5 members; $7 nonmembers.
Call 480-994-ARTS [2787] for tickets.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

November 15th Meeting: Screen Printing at Marla Hattabaugh's

Students will use thickened dye to paint a silk screen so that when it's dry prints can be made by running a sodium alginate solution over the image to produce fabric. Four to five images can be made using one screen. Fabric will be rolled in black plastic to Batch for 24 hours then unrolled and washed. Your creation can then be used for whatever you desire.... quilting, framing, or weaving are just some of the possibilities.

Students may want to have some image idea in mind whether it is representational or abstract .... some Deconstructed Screen Printing ideas will be demonstrated.

No experience necessary!

Time: Festivities will begin at 10:00 am and the process will take approximately three hours. Plan on heat being a factor so screens dry - bring hairdryers to hasten the drying time if you have one. Our host has many frames, but if you have your own feel free to bring them. If you want to bring lunch, participants can sit and eat in the workroom after they are done playing.

There will be enough space for 12 participants. Please contact Becky McDonah to reserve your spot at If somebody wants to volunteer to help get all the prep work done on Friday, that would be GREAT!!! They would learn about mixing dyes/sodium alginate and setting up the space for the workshop - there would be moving tables and setting up tables, as well -maybe some laughs, too! Contact Becky if you are interested.

Supplies & Costs: You may buy Prepared for Dyeing fabric at the workshop for $5.00/yard and probably one yard would be plenty. Otherwise bring a cotton or rayon fabric that will accept dye .... and wear sorta grubby clothing. Bring a couple large black plastic bags for wrapping the fabric after it's screen printed. Cost for dyes/sodium alginate, etc. is $4.00/person.
Hattabaugh Studio
6339 E. Mitchell Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Artist Lecture Summary: A Letter from ADC Member Betsy Douglas

On Saturday, October 18, 2008, I had the pleasure of attending 3 Arizona Craftsmen Lectures by three amazingly talented ADC Members. Fiber artist Denise Currier showed her remarkable quilted fiber and mixed media commission for the Mayo Clinic as well as other examples of her creativity. The second presenter was Lynette Andreasen in metal, who shared a body of work incorporating metal and embroidery. Her wearable necklaces evoke memories of jewelry of the turn of the century, cut out silhouettes and themes that suggest human relationships. She has created wall pieces, using found silver trays that feature bent up cutouts of figures also evoking human connections. Jeff Reich, teacher of ceramics at the Mesa Art Center, showed us delightful examples of his clay sculptures, teapots and other ceramic work, which demonstrate his passion for desert plants. Jeff and his wife graciously hosted a gathering of ADC members earlier in the year, sharing their home, studios and gardens with those who attended.
I want to congratulate these generous artists for sharing their time and accomplishments and thank with deep appreciation the efforts of our ADC president Becky McDonah, who made this event happen at ASU. There were only a few of us in attendance for this special experience. For those of you who could not be there, I believe you would have really enjoyed the program, the people and the art. It was a gift! Thank you.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Artist Lectures this Saturday!

Please join us this Saturday, October 18th, 2008 for a slide presentation from three ADC members. Denise Currier in fibers, Jeff Reich in clay, and Lynette Andreasen in metals will lecture on their current bodies of work. Presentations will begin at 10:00 am and end at approximately 11:30 am. They will be held in the School of Art Building room 220. Parking is available in parking structure #3 off of Myrtle (and University) just west of the School of Art Building. Map
Lynette Andreasen

Jeff Reich
Denise Currier

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Craftsmanship Awards

Some of the pieces honored...

Cecelia A. Thorner - Ancient Wisdom (Honorable Mention)

Kerry Vesper - Rukaruka (Juror's Award)

Marla Hattabaugh - Call It Green, Red, Yellow (Honorable Mention)
Congratulations go out to these well deserving ADC members.

Juror’s Awards:
Farraday Newsome – Genetic Drift
Kerry Vesper – Rukaruka
Tedd R McDonah – Fishing Lures
Victoria Altepeter – Dynamical Balance

Honorable Mentions:
Cecelia A. Thorner – Ancient Wisdom
Maurice Hamburger – Table and Chair
Erik Bogner – Soul Vessel Series
Marla Hattabaugh – Call it Green, Red, Yellow

Thanks so much for being a part of this year's exhibition and contributing to the success of the show! There was a great turn out for the opening reception. The juror, Clare Verstegen, was impressed with the quality of the work in the show and looks forward to seeing it grow next year.
Maurice Hamburger being congratulated by juror Clare Verstegen.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Stitchalicious - MFA Thesis Exhibition by ADC Member Mindy Sue Meyers

“Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down” -Mary Poppins

Treats like cupcakes, candies, and pastries are naturally related to human emotion. They are brought to birthdays, weddings, and to close friends who just went through a trying time; they are tied to celebrations and comfort. A delicious confection can make us feel elated, if only for a minute, it’s a minute of pure sweetness.

Mindy explores themes related to indulgence, temptation, comfort and security by creating sculptural objects that represent food. They are inviting at first, but their ingredients, sheer abundance, or overwhelming size presents the risk of a vulnerable consequence. She embraces the use of common materials such as fabric, spackle, Styrofoam and insulation foam. The ability to alter ones perception and create an illusion of reality is a primary concern. Stitching felt or carefully mixing pigment and spackle relate to the processes involved in baking. Although she cannot taste her creations, it offers her the same pleasure to stitch and stack as it would to slice and consume.

Mindy Sue Meyers, MFA Thesis Exhibition in Fibers
Arizona State University
Herberger College of the Arts
Harry Wood Gallery

Sept. 22-26
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Opening reception: Monday, Sept. 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Tickets: Free

Monday, September 8, 2008

CRAFTSMANSHIP 2008 Don't Miss the Opening - Monday, September 22nd

Congratulations go out to these ADC members for their acceptance into the 2nd Annual Craftsmanship Exhibition:

Cecelia Thorner, Farraday Newsome, Heather Magill, Lyn Hart, Dee Cox, Barb Kingdon, Rameen Ahmed, Nissa Kubly, Rhonda Hyacinthe, Dana Smith, Thomas Kerrigan, Kerry Vesper, Kathleen Sharp, Denise A. Currier, Maurice E. Hamburger, Nicholas DeFord, Marla Hattabaugh, Claire Gimber, Chris Eggers, Jonathan L. Brown, Lynette Andreasen, Pam Chott, Holly Carter, Susan Hearn, Victoria Altepeter, Erik Bogner, Tedd R McDonah, Becky I. Chader

The opening reception runs from 7-9pm.
Awards will be announced at 8pm.

Image: Denise A. Currier - Saguaro Skin

September 20th Meeting

Hope your summer was relaxing and rewarding... now let's get the new season rolling with our first ADC meeting on Saturday, September 20th at 10:00am. Bring a piece for show and tell. It may be completed, in progress or something you acquired. This will be a good opportunity to discuss and get some feedback on your work.

We will discuss ideas and events for the upcoming season!

Your hosts will be: Tedd and Becky McDonah at 543 W. 17th Place in Tempe.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Craftsmanship Deadline Approaches!

Are you an ADC member? Be sure to enter Craftsmanship 2008: 2nd Annual ADC Juried Exhibition. The show will run September 22 - October 3 at Arizona State University's Gallery 100.

Here are some important dates:

Aug 29th Deadline for submissions
Sept 5th Selection notifications mailed/emailed to artists
Sept 18th Shipped work must be received
Sept 19th Delivered work received by 4pm
Sept 22nd Exhibition Opening /Award Announcements 7-9pm

For more information and the entry form, click HERE for the complete prospectus.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Summer Break... I don't think so!!! Get in your studios and get some work done for these upcoming exhibitions!!!

We are looking forward to two secured future exhibition sites. Formal notices and calls for entry will be posted/sent out when the times draw nearer and exhibition calendars are set. For now I will give you the general times in case some of you want to start planning way ahead! The ASU Gallery Committee approved a proposal for Craftsmanship 2008: 2nd Annual ADC Juried Exhibition in the Fall of 2008 running September 22 - October 3.
The next exhibition is scheduled for May-August of 2010 at Mesa Contemporary Arts! The proposal for an Arizona Designer Craftsmen 50th Anniversary Juried Exhibition for the North Gallery was accepted and we are looking forward to working with the MCA staff to put together a terrific show! They chose a slot for us a wee bit after our 50 years, but didn't want to conflict with their Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition. If you haven't yet been to the Mesa Contemporary Arts Galleries... they're gorgeous! Other exhibitions are in the proposal stages right now and you will be informed if they are accepted.

Artwork(top to bottom): Edwin K. Hill; Chris Eggers; Mindy Sue Meyers

Friday, April 25, 2008

May 3rd Potluck and Glazing with Jeff Reich & Farraday Newsome

Make sure to be there Saturday, May 3rd at 6:00 pm for glazing demos, good food(if you bring good food), and lively conversation. Plates, napkins, plasticware and cups will be provided. Bring your beverage of choice and a dish to share... I could assign different food categories alphabetically by your last name if you would like, but everyone would bring chili anyway! If that doesn't make sense to you, then you weren't at the last Metalink potluck.

Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome are a husband-wife potter couple who live and work in their home studio, Indigo Street Pottery, in Mesa. Jeff's work is painterly and often highly sculptural.
He fires to cone 10 in their studio gas kiln. Farraday's work is low-fire glazed terra cotta, also very painterly in nature. Both Jeff and Farraday show with Cervini Haas Gallery in Scottsdale and Obsidian Gallery in Tucson. Their work has been featured in numerous magazines and books. Both also teach ceramics at the Mesa Arts Center, where Jeff directs the Ceramics Program.

Jeff and Farraday live on over an acre of land that they have wildscaped with native vegetation from the three Southwest deserts. It is a young garden, about six years old, but is already full of texture, color, and wildlife.

You can learn more about them from their shared website: or

There is a map to the studio on their website, but the basic directions are:

From the Tempe/Scottsdale: Take Red Mountain Frwy (202) to Power Rd. Exit. Go right (south) on Power Rd. 2 1/2 miles to Indigo Street (just past the light at Jensen). Go left (east) on Indigo. We are the 2nd house on the right (south) at 6931 E. Indigo St.

From Chandler/Gilbert: Take the San Tan Frwy (202)east to the University exit. Go left (west) on University to Power. Go right (north) on Power. Go past Brown, take the 3rd right turn onto Indigo St. (just past the light at Mcllelan & Power). There is a huge modern church at the corner of Power and Indigo St. We are the 2nd house on the right (south) at 6931 E. Indigo St.

Intangible Worlds: Jonathan L. Brown

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition in Metals

Opening Reception: Monday, April 28th, 7-9 pm
Be sure to join ADC member Jonathan Brown to celebrate his accomplishments and see some wonderful work!
Exhibition Dates:
April 28-May 2, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
ASU Herberger College of the Arts
Harry Wood Gallery, Art Building, Tempe Campus
Tickets: Free

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Congratulations New Juried Members

At the April 19th jury session three ADC members were selected for juried status:
Bonnie Britton - Fiber
Marilyn Cleavinger - Clay
Karen Phillips - Clay
Congratulations to you all on a body of work well done, and we look forward to following your future work and accomplishments as well!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Choices, Chance and Character - MFA Thesis Exhibition

Lauren B. McAdams
Master of Fine Arts degree candidate in metalworking
Artist's Reception: Monday, April 14, 7–9 p.m.

Choices, chance, and character explores the small moments we face when choosing to connect with others. Although elements of chance are not black and white, this work displays longing for simple answers to our most difficult problem…how do we find our match? Although the child-like solutions seem unsuitable, the viewer begins to question certain elements of their decision making paradigm. Adult realities and fantasies emerge from the simplicity of children’s games and communicating vessels. The honesty of a child at play hardens to a “frozen” scene of the choices ahead. Using traditional hand-crafted metalworking techniques in a sculptural sense turns recognizable objects into strangers. The viewer is invited to interact with the metal sculptures and consider their own method of connecting to those “characters” in their life.

ASU Herberger College of the Arts
Harry Wood Gallery, Art Building, Tempe Campus
April 14-18, 2008
Gallery Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Free admission- During the artist reception, food and drink provided.

For more information, contact Lauren McAdams at

Friday, April 4, 2008

Statewide Jury Session

Saturday April 19th, 2008

Members wishing to apply for juried status may do so by submitting 5 to 10 actual pieces of their work to the Jury, which is composed of experienced and previously juried ADC members, representing the four major craft areas: clay, fiber, metal and wood. If a member does not receive juried status, he or she is encouraged to continue working on artistic growth using the criteria listed below, and then resubmit their work at a later time.

Criteria used by the Jury to aid in the evaluation of art work:
1. There should be an understanding of the materials used.
2. The materials used should be appropriate for the concept.
3. There should be a mastery and refinement of technique.
4. The piece should be well constructed and durable.
5. The piece should function properly as intended.
6. The intent or concept should be clear.
7. There should be design consistency within the piece, and in the body of work.
8. The design should be appropriate to both the concept and the medium.
9. The work should show that the artist is working toward the development of a personal style.

Members from both Central and Southern Arizona Chapters are eligible to apply. The number of applicants will be limited to 8 people, determined upon a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions regarding the process, you may contact the State Jury Chairman. Marcy Wrenn, ADC State Jury Chairman, (520)297-2786 or email

The actual jurying will take place at Brandel Studios in Tucson. There is a $10.00 fee for submitting work to the Jury. Reservations must be made in advance in order to secure your place.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

March 15th Studio Visit with Kerry Vesper & Julius Forzano

Saturday, March 15th at 10:00am
Take a trip to Scottsdale to visit the studios of:
Kerry Vesper & Julius Forzano
Infuse your day with Wood and Clay!

3030 Civic Center Plaza #4
Scottsdale, AZ
Just south of Earll Dr. -3/4 of a block North of Thomas on the East side of the street.

Kerry Vesper
Kerry Vesper approaches every wood piece he makes as a piece of sculpture. Inspiration comes from his home in the landscapes of the southwest desert. He equates his methods of layering and then shaping wood to the way nature builds up layers of earth and then shapes it with wind and water. "I am intrigued by forms that are asymmetrical and flowing. In each piece I strive to capture the flow and movement of nature that I find in flowing water, desert canyons and mountains."

Vesper cuts out layers of plywood and solid woods. He stacks and glues them together to approximate the shape he intends to create. His work is not turned on a lathe. He shapes each piece by hand with carving, grinding and sanding tools and finishes them with a clear tung oil varnish. The color, texture and feel of wood appeals to the artist as does no other medium.

Julius Forzano
Julius works in stoneware and porcelain, high fire, Cone 10 reduction, both wood and salt fire. The vessel is used as a means of presenting sculpture and also as a canvas for two dimensional drawings.

His sculpture is primitive in form, yet sophisticated in concept. It represents various human conditions and relations, many of them between man and woman. Peacefulness, playfulness, discord, spirituality and even bondage are evident in the work. Often the vessel-on-vessel is used to take the figures, and thus the concept of the piece, through time and space.

The artist believes it is an important challenge to express many of life's influences and emotions in a thoughtful, playful, and visually attractive manner.

Lucy Lippard Slide Lecture: ART, TOURISM and PLACE

DATE: April 6th, 2008
TIME: 4:30 – 6:00PM
TICKETS: $10.00 at or
Nancy 928-282-0776 or Dee 928-203-7502
PLACE: Sedona Creative Life Center,
333 Schnebly hill Rd. 928-282-9300

Sponsored by the Sedona Visual Artists' Coalition. For more information: Nancy Robb Dunst 928-282-0776 or Dee Durkee or

Ms. Lippard is an internationally known writer, activist and art curator from the United States. Lippard was among the first writers to recognize the de-materialization at work in conceptual art. She is the author of eighteen books on contemporary art, and the recipient of a 1968 Guggenheim Fellowship, the Frank Mather Award for Criticism and two National Endowment for the Arts grants in criticism. She has written art criticism for Art in America, The Village Voice, In These Times, and Z Magazine, and has curated more than 50 art exhibitions. Don't miss this inspiring speaker, she will transform your
concept of art and throttle your imagination..

. "In New York's art circles and on hundreds of Web sites, Lucy Lippard is regarded as a popular art critic, theorist, author and political activist, but she prefers to be regarded as a "cultural critic." Andover Bookshelf

"It's Lippard's long experience seeing-- that is, looking at art-- that enables her with such keen acuity, to expose how we create what we see, and how what we see creates us…", San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Lippard overwhelms us with the breadth of her reading and the comprehensiveness with which she considers the things ( art) that define place. Its intent is to explore the many things that those who make art or who make judgments about art should think about when they consider art that is…...'place making'. Lucy Lippard weaves together art, cultural criticism, anthropology and community involvement for an in depth look at how art in tourist sites is conceived and represented, and how they affect the places they transform. ." New York Times Book Review

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Denise Currier at the Shemer Art Center

On Display February 26-March 20
Front Gallery: Denise Currier is an award winning fiber artist with over 27 years of experience exhibiting, curating and installing artwork. She presents colorful visions of life in the Southwest.

Shemer Art Center and Museum
5005 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Monday, February 25, 2008

Glass Class Opportunity

Fire and FriendsZ Studio
Hosts Glass Artist
Cathy Claycomb
"Learn Something Different" Series
$150 per class or pay for the entire week and save $100 on all 5 classes.
Monday, March 24th - Friday, March 28th 9:00am-5:00pm. All skill levels.

Sticks and Stones - Combine non-traditional glass objects to fabricate ultra-contemporary panels.
Wall Jewelry - Complete contemporary wall pieces designed to imitate gems, polished stone or fossils.
Hidden Images - Learn how to make copper foil overlay the main focus of your work.
Floating Rondells - Learn how to create a high profile "solder field" with decorative solder and feature rondels that apperar to float above the surface.
Glass Straight Up! - Opulent free form glass joins with graceful metal shapes to create sculptural works of art.

Location and for more informaiton:
8550 N. 91st Ave. Suite #49 | Phoenix, AZ 85345 | (623) 444-7918 ~ E-mail:

Sunday, January 27, 2008

29th Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition at Mesa Contemporary Arts

Congratulations to all the ADC members who were juried in to this fantastic show! The exhibition runs January 25-March 9, 2008.
Juror Michael Monroe, Director of Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington wrote:
"As the 21st century opens, the most technology driven of mankind's history, the works in this exhibition stand as a testimony to a belief in the value of works of the hand. Despite our increasing reliance on computers, the intimate and physical qualities of the handmade object have never had more appeal."
For more information go to

Participating Members:
Victoria Altepeter-Dynamical Balance and Sky Maps
Lynette Andreasen-Bedtime Stories
Barbara Brandel-The Meaning of Light
Jonathan Brown-God
Becky Chader-Terro Server
Thomas Kerrigan-Desert Flora XXI
Lauren McAdams-Like Conversation
Tedd McDonah-Cockamamie Candleholder #3
Jeff Reich-Stacking Jars
Dana Smith-Darwin's Dream II

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Andy Cooperman Workshop at ASU

Below the Belt:
February 16th and 17th
$180($155 for ADC members)
9:00am - 5:00pm
Level: intermediate
Location: ASU Metals Department(Tempe)
Art Warehouse 130
Lecture: Feb. 15th, 7:00pm
School of Art Building Rm. 246

The belt buckle may be the most often overlooked or easily dismissed jewelry form among metalsmiths. Yet, it is ripe with design and conceptual possibilities. This two day workshop will cover the basics of fabricating a Western style tang and loop belt buckle. Beginning with discussion and demonstration, students will work on buckles of their own. Topics such as advanced soldering and finishing will be addressed as they arise.

for more information contact Jeanne at (520)791-5915 ext. 117 or

Photographing Your Work and the importance of the image

Saturday January 19th, 10:00am at Arizona State University, Lauren McAdams will be speaking about the importance of getting a good quality image of your work and demonstrating different ways to accomplish this. Professional photographers do not always fit into everyone's budget. Lauren will show you how you can get good results in your own studio. She has had many of her images published and will share with you some do's and don'ts of the process. We will be meeting at the Metals Studio in the Art Warehouse room 130. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

The Happy Holidays!

A good time was had by all at the holiday get together and the food was delicious! It was great to get a chance to visit with fellow ADC members squeezed into our busy schedules. An ornament exchange is always a delight, but I must admit this group was much more polite than I am used to... next time maybe I can talk some people into the stealing approach!

WHAT A HAM! ...and a big THANK YOU goes out to Laura Miller our generous hostess!