Roy recently spent a week at NCECA (National Council of Educators of Ceramic Arts), which he explains is, “an annual conference that takes place in a different U.S. city convening around 5000 potters, ceramic artist, students and teachers and it is quite the hoot.” Roy continues, “Not only are there innumerable lectures, demonstrations, expo halls, and exhibitions, but there is a certain kind of comeradery that has no need to be facilitated with the likes of people involved in clay,obviously all eccentric mannerisms, loud opinions, and unique looks that go beyond the pots (many men with beards, maybe a woman or two too).”
For Roy, this annual conference means networking, exploring the recent works of a plethora of contemporary artists, and sweating bullets while drinking mojitos and generally being gross. Midway through the Tampa-based conference, I received the following text message from our dear Ray Ray:
Say clay kittys. Took pictureds.
That’s how I knew it was going to be good.
Here are some selections.
My favorite, however, was the Kitty Teapot Roy so elogently/quently captured.
I was not too surprised, but well pleased to have stumbled across three kitty sculptures, one a teapot. The teapot cat was the most naturalistic of the three, and I thought well executed (although I am not sure about the practicality of its function). This cat tea pot is composed of a kitty in hunting stance, the tail serving as a handle (how often do you get to hold a cat by the tail without tormenting it?). The kitty lips are the spout, and as demonstrated in the pictures, the lid and knob is a little mouse enjoying the ride.
Needless to say, though I saw many quite mind-blowing pots and sculptures over the conference, this one holds a special place in my heart. It is comforting to know that potters have cats at the heart of their interests.
I should conclude this by mentioning….Roy is quite the mind-blowing potter himself, and he’s having his SENIOR CAPSTONE SHOW, opening this Friday, April 8th from 6-9 pm at the Huntingdon Arts Council Building! Please come, and prepare to be beguiled.
An “I love you and I’m proud that you’re graduating” to my brother.