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Alabama Clay Conference opens annual exhibition

Sydney Sorrells, A&E Reporter


The 34th Annual Alabama Clay Conference Presenters’ Exhibition and National Invitational had its opening reception Thursday, February 7, 2018 in the Hammond Art Gallery. At this reception, the public was allowed to view work from the main conference presenters which include artists: Richard Burkett, Julia Galloway, Liz Ziot-Summerfield and Lisa Clague. The show is titled “Atmospheric”. It features soda-fired work from presenters and artists all over the country. Soda firing is a kiln firing technique where baking soda or soda ash is introduced into the kiln at top temperature.

This exhibition is one of the concurrent exhibitions to the Alabama Clay Conference, which will be hosted at Jacksonville State University by ceramics professor, John Oles, from Thursday, February 21 through Sunday, February 24, 2019. The conference itself is closed to the public, but there are other opportunities for outsiders to get a look at what Alabama artists are creating.

The Alabama Clay Market is an open-to-the-public event during the conference. The Clay Market has been going on for 10 years and it is an invitational for 16-20 artists and presenters who are known in Alabama and in-the-field to sell their work to an audience they may not normally be able to reach. This work is normally functional work for the home and office, but also includes some sculptural pieces. The Clay Market will be open on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Many of the selling artists are professors and hobby potters who make their living through selling works.

Another public event is the closing reception for the Presenters’ Exhibition and National Invitational on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. This opportunity includes the vendor area and participants’ show.

The Alabama Clay Conference has been hosted in different cities and at different universities across the state of Alabama during its course of 34 years. This will be Jacksonville State University’s third time hosting the conference.

Starting the semester in color

The JSU Art Department saw the opening of the Professor’s Pic(k) art show in he Hammond Hall art gallery. Pieces featured in the show have been chosen by professors from JSU’s art department as good examples of art from the students.

The Professor’s Pic(k) art show had a large opening with concessions and artists standing beside their work to discuss it with viewers.

The art show features works from classes of all different varieties and levels. The classes exhibited range from photography to drawing to painting.

The works are labeled with the class, professor’s name and artist’s name. Some works also include descriptions on what they are displaying.

The art itself varies in subject matter, along with the medium and canvas used. Some of the backgrounds used are traditional canvas, paper, and even wood. The artists used mediums such as acrylic paint, graphite, charcoal and much more.

The gallery will be open to students as well as the general public until Thursday, January 29th. Visitors may stop by between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. If the gallery doors are locked see Department Secretary Jane Greene and she will unlock the doors for you.

The next art show is set to premier on Thursday, February 5th. It will be open from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in Hammond Hall. This show will feature an unnamed visiting artist.

Katelyn Schneider

Staff Writer