Clay workshop at KACA in lovely Lindsborg KS

I really enjoyed spending time with fellow Kansas Artists in quaint Lindsborg, KS on the 4th of November. I was able to share some of my techniques and philosophies with students, professors, and several independent Kansas artists.

Kansas Artist Craftsmen Association is one of the oldest associations of its type in America. I have served in numerous capacities over the years, including president from 2007-10. It’s hard to believe ten years have past! Time flies friends.  This year was a lot of fun. The KACA conference happens every year early in November in different parts of Kansas. There are keynote speakers, featured artists, technical workshops, and fun parties. It’s so important for artists to get together and learn from one another.  Let’s hope KACA keeps going for generations to come.

Here is a link to the KACA website. I think you should join!

KACA Website

The 2017 conference had workshops in metals, printmaking, plein air painting, and even art business. Two of my favorite people, Tara Dean and Mikey Knutson were a part of this years conference, While I wasn’t able to attend either of their sessions, I hear they did a fantastic job. I was hosting my own workshop here in Garden City with Joseph Rincones and Emily Chamberlain. I’ll post about that one soon.

Thanks again to the board and organizers for the lovely opportunities, and thanks especially to Dale and Kami for all the help making figures. Keep an eye out for the location of next years conference. The juried show, “Materials Mastery” happens concurrently. All of you should enter the show. Best of thanks to the organizers, the board, the artists, and all of my fellow organizers who helped make the 2017 KACA conference a success. Check out some of the images that Tara Dean took of my demo below.

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Fast Figures at CSU Pueblo

On the first weekend of October, Michael Kent Knutson and I had the pleasure of providing a two day workshop and lecture to the marvelous students of Colorado State University in Pueblo, Colorado.

Let me begin by thanking professor Vicky Hansen and her husband Richard for their remarkable hospitality. We were blessed to stay at their compound that they built together in the Early 1970s near Penrose, CO. It’s part living compound, part museum, part pottery. It’s rustic and beautiful. It was quiet and cool and majestic in the morning.

Richard and Vicky were such wonderful hosts. Mikey and I will never forget the rich conversation over a small fire and a good Colorado beer. As successful artists and professors of art, they are an inspiration to fellow artists and students alike.

Our workshop over two days was excellent. Students at CSUP were fantastic. They all made a big pinch pot, a big head, or a thrown figure.

 

On the painting side they saw a great portrait demo, and painted a couple of landscapes. Mikey was planning to take them out for a plein air experience, but the rainy weather kept us inside.

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  • CSU Pueblo Workshop