The Crafts Center at NC State presents . . .
Lie - Nielsen Hand Tool Event
Friday, January 30, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Saturday, January 31, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
in the Crafts Center Woodshop
Free admission. FInd more details and information about guest demonstrators at www.lie-nielsen.com
Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 - 10:00 pm, Crafts Center Commons Area
Come Discover Windhover! Join the creative community of NC State for an evening of poetry readings and musical performances by NC State students. Enjoy refreshments while you listen. For more about Windhover, visit Windhover on Facebook or on their website: ncsu.edu/windhover.
Barbara McCormick – Sweet Grass Baskets
Friday, February 27 at 3:00 pm
Join us for a special presentation on this cultural crafting treasure of the American coastal southeast. This collaborative event is hosted by the Crafts Center, the NC State African American Cultural Center and the Triangle Basket Guild. Barbara will teach a short workshop for NC State students with registration through the African American Cultural Center along with a more in-depth workshop arranged through the Triangle Basket Guild. We’ll have more information in early January!
Barbara McCormick was born in Charleston, SC. She was raised in Mt. Pleasant, SC where she learned the trade of sweetgrass basket weaving from her grandmother, mother, aunts and other family members at a very early age. She has since carried on this tradition and has shared her talent with others including her family. Barbara teaches several classes and has her work displayed in Row Upon Row, a book about sweetgrass basketweaving. The Gibbs Museum, the Kaminsky House Museum and many other places.
Friday, March 13, 7:00 pm
In conjunction with a weekend workshop presented by the Triangle Potters Guild, NC State students and the public alike are invited for a free evening presentation by this nationally known potter.
Sandi Pierantozzi has been handbuilding pots for 30 years. Her work, which is predominantly slab built, has been featured in Studio Potter, Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times and over a dozen books on clay work. She has presented numerous workshops across the country, and has exhibited her work nationally and abroad. Her work is in both museum and private collections. She was chosen an Emerging Talent at the 1993 NCECA conference and was a featured demonstrator at NCECA in 2001. Her awards include a 2001 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Hammill & Gillespie Purchase Award at the 1999 Ceramics Monthly International Ceramics Competition. She and her husband, Neil Patterson, maintain a private studio, Neighborhood Potters, in Philadelphia, PA.
I primarily make slab built functional pots that are also decorative. My intent is to make pots that are friendly, approachable, happy, and playful, yet have an understated elegance and formal quality about them. Process & Inspiration: My pieces are primarily slab built from cone 6 Porcelain. After rolling a slab with a rolling pin, I use rectangular or circular templates as a starting point for each pot. I then either cut out darts or pinch the clay into the desired form. I often work from sketches I’ve made, or just let the process guide me into the form. My forms are inspired by many sources such as nature, architecture and beads.
My surface decoration is mostly inspired by fabric and clothing. Making pots is meaningful to me because I appreciate food, celebration, and setting a beautiful table. In this "age of communication," where most communicating is done electronically, and food is eaten out of paper, plastic or Styrofoam, my hope is to communicate through my pots, by bringing some creative life into eating and drinking. A handmade pot contains the soul and energy of the maker, and when used, a human connection is made. These basic connections between people keep our souls alive.
For more about Sandi visit sandiandneil.com.
The Triangle Potters Guild is sponsoring a weekend workshop with Sandi Pierantozzi, “Flat to Form / Handbuilding Pots,” on Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15. For more information and how to register, visit www.trianglepotters.org. (A registration discount is available to NC State students.)
CRAFTS CENTER INFORMATION: 919.515.2457