A Nostalgic Project for David Bradley's Ceramic Students

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This spring professor David Bradley tasked his ceramics students to create sculptures of cherished childhood friends. Taking the form of pets, toys and stuffed animals, the works are on now on display in the PVCC Buxton Library. 

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Guinness World Record Set at PVCC

On Wednesday, March 21st PVCC Ceramics held a Guinness World Record attempt for number of pots thrown in one hour by an individual. Ceramic artist Jim Calhoun and PVCC Faculty David Bradley attempted to break the 159 pots record. David Bradley threw 146, and Jim Calhoun set a new record at 193 pots. The 350 pots thrown that day are being glazed, fired and sold to benefit the Natalia Lantseva Ceramic Scholarship fund at PVCC. Congratulations to Jim Calhoun of Calhoun Stoneware Hand Thrown on a new Guinness World Record!

 

 

 

Balkan Art Documentary by Professor David Bradley

This summer Professor David Bradley spent a month touring Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of a Fulbright Hays faculty development program. One of 16 high school and community college educators from Arizona, the program was designed to increase awareness of European Muslim culture and art in order to incorporate that understanding in PVCC course curricula.

During his stay Professor Bradley visited galleries, met artists and saw street art in Sarajevo that commented on the war and widespread corruption in the Bosnian government. Intrigued by this theme, he returned to the region in October for another month to interview artists and gather examples of art around social justice themes to present to PVCC students. The footage from this multimedia sabbatical project has now developed into a documentary film. 

When Professor Bradley met artist Edo Vejselovic, they collaborated to transform the footage into a narrative on how artists in the Balkan region are reflecting on their history and the current factors in their daily lives. The goal of the crowdfunding campaign is to distribute the film to festivals in the US and the Balkans and show the world a positive message about what's happening artistically in this rich, historical region. 

 

Learn more and support the project at:
www.gofundme.com/Balkanartfilm

Free Ceramics Workshops for Veterans at PVCC

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PVCC has received a grant in the amount of $5,100 to create a new program just for Veterans in the community and their family members (over 18) that will provide an opportunity to explore ceramic art techniques and avenues of expression starting September 9, 2017 through May, 2018.

The program will meet in the PVCC Ceramic studio in D building and will be conducted by David L. Bradley, PVCC residential faculty and Frank Krevens, MFA, PVCC adjunct faculty.

The program is a collaboration between PVCC and Arizona Artists Guild. Arizona Artists Guild has hosted an arts program for Veterans since June, 2014 to provide artistic experiences and knowledge to Veterans in our community.

The program is free but space is limited.

Fired Up! Raku Night | October 29th, 2016

Save the date for Saturday, October 29th at 6:00pm for an exciting Raku Firing/Ceramics Fundraising Event.
Raku Nights is a fundraising event AND a hands-on ceramics workshop rolled into one!
$35 per ticket includes:
*Your selected piece of hand-thrown pottery to design, glaze and take home.
• Dramatic Raku Kiln firing of each piece
• Pottery throwing demonstration
• Appetizers and dessert
• Live music performed by the PVCC Faculty Jazz Ensemble
Tickets will go on sale on October 3rd. Purchase tickets in advance as seating is limited.
Proceeds benefit the PVCC Ceramics Program Support Fund.

Mata Ortiz Ceramic Artists Coming to PVCC

Master ceramic artists, Lucy Sandoval Mora and Lorenzo Bugarini will demonstrate their mastery of clay and paint on Tuesday, January 26, 9am-4:30pm in the D building Ceramic studio. The public is welcome to attend.

Lucy began making pottery as a teenager growing up in a village of potters. Her mother taught her the skill of making pots out of locally gathered clay. Lorenzo learned how to sand and polish the pots Lucy makes and fires them in a primitive kiln built on the dirt. Together they create fantastic pots decorated with sylized birds and animals inspired by Native American motifs. They will have many pieces for sale.

Lecture and Workshop with Ana Thiel, International Glass Artist

Internationally known glass artist, Ana Thiel will be at PVCC in the ceramics studio to teach a workshop in techniques for casting molten glass in sand molds, Friday and Saturday, October 30, 31, 8am-4pm. Interested students, faculty or staff are encouraged to participate. The cost is free. Contact David L. Bradley to register.

On Sunday, November 8th, 3pm in the Center for Performing Arts, Ana will give a lecture on her artwork and philosophy of art. Free admission. Read below for more information on Ana and her artistic philosophy.


How is a sculpture born? How can something come into form, being, that was not here before? How is the actual process?

Visiting artist Ana Thiel will share moments from her own (decades long) experience as she illustrates the various ways that the process from inception to completion actually takes place. She will describe how ideas are formulated, including the moments of struggle, escape, depth, discovery, and some of the hidden factors that she takes into account to actually allow a piece to exist or not in working with a fascinating material such as glass.

In short, Thiel will show us how she works through the creative process and how the creative process works through her.

The lecture will take place at the PVCC (Paradise Valley Community College) Center for Performing Arts auditorium in Phoenix, Arizona.

Sunday, November 8th at 3:00pm.

Admission is free, all are welcome.

Born in Mexico City, Ana Thiel first trained for Industrial Design and became actively involved in glass as an art medium in the 80s after attending Pilchuck Glass School, where she studied with James Carpenter, Bertil Vallien, Dan Dailey and took a master class with Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova. Her art is exhibited both in Mexico and internationally. Thiel has taught workshops in many countries and has been invited as a resident artist in the US, Japan, Egypt, Spain and France. Ana Thiel now lives and works in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

For more information, please visit:     www.anathiel.com

Fall 2015 Visual Arts Events at PVCC

The PVCC Visual Arts Department is pleased to host the following events, workshops and visiting artists during Fall of 2015. We hope to see you there!


Friday, September 18th, 6-9pm

CHINESE CERAMIC MASTER ARTISTS EXHIBIT AND RECEPTION

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See exceptional ceramic masterpieces created by Chinese Ceramic Master Artists. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments, live music and a silent auction to benefit the PVCC Glassblowing Program. 


Saturday, September 19th, 5-9pm

FIRED UP! HANDS-ON CERAMIC WORKSHOP

PVCC Ceramics Studio (D Building)
 

Choose a handmade ceramic pot, apply raku glaze, and watch your piece transform before your eyes into Art. This event is from 5-9pm in the PVCC Ceramics Studio (D Building) and is $25 per person. Proceeds benefit the PVCC Glassblowing Program. 


Friday and Saturday, October 30 & 31, 8am-4pm

VISITING ARTIST SERIES: GLASS WORKSHOP WITH ANA THIEL

PVCC Ceramics Studio (D Building)
 

Free for PVCC students, this hands-on workshop introduces participants to techniques for working with hot glass by pouring, casting and combining with other materials. Registration is limited. Reserve a spot by emailing david.bradley@paradisevalley.edu.


Sunday, November 9th, 3-4pm

VISITING ARTIST SERIES: LECTURE WITH GLASS ARTIST ANA THIEL

Center for Performing Arts Main Stage
 

Ana Thiel is an internationally known artist who uses hot glass combined with other materials to create art. She was educated at Pilchuck Glass School, founded by Dale Chihuly, and has exhibited and taught around the world. She lives in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico. Free to the public, held at the Center for Performing Arts Main Stage.


For more information Contact David L. Bradley, Visual Arts Faculty
Email: david.bradley@paradisevalley.edu
Phone: (602) 787-6615
Office: M-165

 

Fired Up! - RAKU Nights - PVCC Ceramics Program Benefit

Join us for a very creative and unique date night or outing with friends!

Fired Up! - Raku Nights is a fundraising event AND a hands-on ceramics workshop rolled into one!

$25 per ticket includes:
*Your selected piece of hand-thrown pottery to design, glaze and take home.
• Dramatic Raku Kiln firing of each piece
• Pottery throwing demonstration
• Appetizers and dessert
• Live music performed by the PVCC Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Purchase tickets in advance as seating is limited.
Call 602-787-6684 for additional information or email:
development@paradisevalley.edu

Proceeds benefit the PVCC Ceramics Program Support Fund.