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News Bites: Kendall Clay Collective Prepares for Another Journey to Ox-Bow School of Art

Posted February 25, 2015 in News BitesSculpture and Functional Art

The KCAD Clay Collective (KCC) and its faculty leader, Sculpture and Functional Art professor Israel Davis, are gearing up for another wood-fire creative intensive at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists Residency in Saugatuck, MI. The session, entitled “Emergence,” is scheduled for April 2-5, 2015. 

The theme of this year’s event was chosen to salute those students who are graduating this year and thus emerging onto the scene as burgeoning young professionals. To fully celebrate this rite of passage, Davis has invited artists Kensuke Yamada and Sean O’Connell to come work alongside the students. Both of these artists have, in the past 5 years, gained press and recognition for their work in the field

KCC members firing the wood kiln during a previous trip to Ox-Bow

Yamada is a figurative sculptor who currently holds the position of Visiting Artist at the University of Arkansas. He has been a resident artist at both the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA and the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, and has taught at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He is also featured in the recent Lark Books publication, 500 Figures in Clay: Volume 2.

O’Connell is currently an adjunct professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches throwing on the wheel and materials studies. He has taught previously at Alberta College of Art and Design in Alberta, Canada and will be a part of a panel discussion called “Escaping the Cabin Mentality” at the 2015 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference. His work has been featured in many exhibitions across the country, and he was recently featured in Ceramics Monthlyas an emerging artist.

On their trip to Ox-Bow, the KCC will also be hosting professional skateboarder and artist Chet Childress, who recently traveled to Milan and Austria to participate in exhibitions and promote his work. Childress has been a professional skateboarder for nearly 20 years and is in transition from skating full-time to working on various creative endeavors as a means to continue to make a living and remain involved the skate community.  

Also, the KCC has again created the means to fund the opportunity for a recent MFA graduate to participate in the event with the honor of the James Tingey Visiting Artist Fellowship. After reviewing several applicants the KCC is happy to announce that Jamie Bates Slone will join them in this role. Jamie holds an MFA from the University of Kansas and is a Foundation Resident at Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO.

"We are looking forward to seeing more of her work with the human figure and uniquely glazed, or unglazed, surfaces," said Davis.

You can see Jamie's work here.

“Although this event is centered around the firing of the wood-kiln, the development of the Visiting Artist component and the James Tingey Visiting Artist Fellowship stems from this event’s intensive nature as an opportunity for shared knowledge and studious inquiry,” said Davis.

Dinner-time bonding at a previosu trip to Ox-Bow - at their heart, these trips are about building and strengthening creative community