ABOUT THE INSTITUTE

The Ceramic Art & Culture Institute is designed as a full immersion experience housed in an environment that allows visiting artists and their students to live and work together in a space ideal for sharing ideas and fostering creativity.  The Institute will host Invitationals, Juried Exhibitions, Holiday Art Sales, Lectures/Presentations involving art as well as historic preservation, and local/regional shows with an effort to promote appreciation of the arts and their importance in our culture.

Our basement studio, once renovated, will operate as a fully equipped ceramic educational facility.  We expect the studio to be equipped with 10 wheels, multiple tables and stools for hand-building, two electric kilns, a glaze lab, and full perimeter shelving to store student work.  The studio will be open for local instruction as well as open studio space, with an emphasis on providing scholarships to students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to participate.

Additionally, when the Institute formally opens, one of its primary purposes will be to host nationally acclaimed ceramic artists who will teach 1 to 2 week workshops in their areas of expertise.  The visiting artist, as well as the students who have travelled to participate in the workshop, will be given the opportunity to live in the house during the session.  Students will have 24/7 access to the studio and living facilities which include a kitchen, dining and living rooms, and private or shared bedrooms and baths.  Up to 6 students and 1 visiting artist are able to be accommodated in the house at a given time.  This set-up deliberately allows for a constant flow of “brainstorming” and expansion of the mind on different ideas and topics.  The Institute is envisioned to fill a niche in the ceramic community by creating an enticing space ideal for total immersion in craft.

To make this 24/7 experience possible, the Institute’s executive director will be on site during all of the workshops to supervise, maintain the studio, host discussion topics and organize trips to other local art venues.  To facilitate this concept, the executive director will live in a self-contained apartment on the third floor, which will allow easy accessibility at all times.

 

Ceramic Studio (Basement)

 

 

EXHIBITION space (First Floor)

 

Artist Rooms (second floor)