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Charlie Cummings Workshop

Digital Clay - May 3-5, 2013

Charlie Cummings will lead this three-day, hands-on workshop breaking down the boundaries between photography, digital image manipulation, printmaking, and clay. Charlie will expanding participant's creative horizon to create artworks that utilize techniques and ideas from all these mediums.

While computers and clay may seem worlds apart, Charlie will discuss how advances in digital software and home printer technology have made computers an important bridge between clay and image-based art forms. Participants in this workshop will learn to use Photoshop to create digital collages, prepare images (photographs, drawings, paintings, or digital) for screen printing, and to fine tune the images to get the best possible results from the print processes used to transfer the images to ceramic objects.

Charlie will teach how to print your photographs in full color using common underglazes and stains. He has developed a method which avoids the use of expensive decals, fragile photographic materials or monochrome ceramic images.

This class will cover image manipulation and cutting-edge ceramic techniques in a way that is accessible to all levels. Participants will learn techniques that can be used on wet clay, leather hard clay, bone dry clay, bisque, and glaze-fired work. Charlie will teach image transfer techniques for every step in the ceramic process, including photo emulsion-based screen printing to print slip and underglaze for transfer to pots and handbuilt forms, single and multiple color overglaze decals, and full color photographic transfers.

Participants should bring a laptop with Photoshop if possible, as well as digital images, graphics and photographs to print. Please bring a wide collection of images you own, or that are copyright free. Email Charlie if you have questions about what type of images to bring.

All levels are welcome, but basic knowledge of Photoshop and clay is suggested. Class size 16.

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Three day Workshop
Hands-on
May 3-5, 2013
10:00 am until you drop!
We'll work into the evening but not all night.
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Charlie Cummings Bio

Charlie Cummings received his BA in art at Berea College in Berea Kentucky. He studied in the Ceramic Apprenticeship Program there under Walter Hyleck and George Parker. After graduating, Cummings worked as a production potter for 5 years before establishing the Charlie Cummings Clay Studio & Gallery in Fort Wayne, IN.

After seven years as a teacher, gallery director, and professional artist, Charlie received his Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Florida in 2011.

Charlie Cummings is known for his artworks that combine ceramics and printmaking.

Charlie Cummings Artist Statement

The endangered springs of Northern Florida serve as a metaphor for the fleetingness of experience in my current suite of full color ceramic prints. There is a growing movement to protect the springs and their watersheds, but surface pollution and aquifer drainage are continuing to damage the springs. My installation of prints delves into the change and degradation of these precious environments even as the individual's memory of contact with them is changed and degraded over time. The springs have an aesthetic allure that is characterized by crystal blue water, the prismatic refraction of light passing through the ripples on the water, and the mirror-like quality of the underside of the water's surface. My ceramic monoprints attempt to fix moments from visits to this surreal and sublime environment in clay and in time.

Tourism, nostalgia, and connection to place are the central concepts of this body of work. The individual images focus on the experiential aspects of the springs and manifest them as an image of memory that is a physical object and speaks in a poetic way. Clouds reflect off ripples in the water creating a temporary mirror of an ephemeral feature of the skyscape, snapshot images of the highway show places that have become landmarks in the memory of travels to the springs, and buoyancy counteracts gravity to create a sense that there is no up or down while in the water. Each monoprint is framed by a border of bare white clay. This mechanism coupled with the degraded quality of the images references photographs and postcards, placing the imagery in the realm of nostalgia and things that have passed. Video from time at the springs is projected on the white borders of the prints unifying them as representations of a greater experience.

The prints are made using printmaking techniques which I developed to use ceramic materials to produce full color photo analogous prints. Digital photographs are taken while experiencing the springs, from above and below the water. The original photograph is manipulated in Photoshop and optimized to create a degraded print quality. The image is separated into four process color images that are exposed onto silk screens. The screens are then used to print the underglaze image on a plaster slab. Porcelain slip is poured over the image to cast a clay tablet with the image imbedded in the surface.

Overall my sculptural artwork is unified by overlying ideas of nostalgia and absence. My recent anachronism series explores the absence of mammalian evolutionary partners in tropical fruits, while earlier installation works explore the connection between community and spirituality. I also maintain a parallel body of vessel based research.



Charlie Cummings Artist Resume

Education:
2011, MFA Ceramics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
1995, BA Art, Berea College, Berea, KY.
Teaching Experience:
2011, Instructor of Record, University of Florida. Throwing: Skills and Concepts. Taught beginning level wheel throwing.
2011, Arrowmont School of Craft, Gatlinburg, TN. Clay: An Interdisciplinary Medium in the Digital Age
2010, Sick leave replacement for Linda Arbuckle, University of Florida. Advanced Ceramics. Taught full course for six weeks while professor was out on sick leave.
2010, Teaching Assistant to Linda Arbuckle, University of Florida. Advanced Ceramics. Taught ceramic chemistry portion of course and participated in group and individual critiques.
2010, Teaching Assistant to Nan Smith, University of Florida. Advanced Ceramics. Taught professional practices portion of course, participated in all group critiques.
2009, Instructor of Record, University of Florida. Ceramics: 3D Concepts. Taught three dimensional design course in clay.
2000-2008, Instructor, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio. Taught 1-4 community and specialty classes a session, 5 sessions per year.
2005-2008, Instructor, Aboite Academy, Fort Wayne, IN. Taught art to homeschool high school students.
2001-2008, Mentor to studio apprentices. Worked with 6 individuals from three months to two and a half years.
Workshops & Lectures:
2011, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. Screen Printing and Printmaking on Clay.
2011, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH. Visiting artist workshop.
2011, Xavier High School, Appleton, WI. Imagery on Clay.
2010, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. Clay Monoprinting.
2010, Gainesville Fine Art Association, Gainesville, FL. Guest lecturer.
2010, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC. Assistant to Kathy King & Paul Wandless. 2 week workshop.
2009, Broward College, Davie, FL. Clay Monoprinting workshop.
2009, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN. Screen Printing on Ceramics.
2008, CCCS, Fort Wayne, IN. Screen Printing on Ceramics. Three day hands on workshop for professional artists.
2008, Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Screen Printing on Ceramics.
2007, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN. Conversation on Collecting: Ceramics, guest lecturer.
2007,Anderson University, Anderson, IN. Thesis respondent.
2007, CCCS, Fort Wayne, IN. Screen Printing on Ceramics. Three day hands on workshop for professional artists.
2007, CCCS, Fort Wayne, IN. Screen Printing on Ceramics. Three day hands on workshop for 15 visiting IPFW University students.
2007,Abbet Elementary, Fort Wayne, IN. Clay for Kids workshop.
2007, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR. Screen Printing on Ceramics.
2007, University of Arkansas, Monticello, AR. Throwing on the Potter's Wheel demonstration.
2007, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. Guest lecturer.
2007, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. Guest lecturer.
2007, IPFW University, Fort Wayne, IN. Entrepreneurship in the Arts Program guest lecturer.
2006, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN. Art Scene lecturer.
2006, IPFW University, Fort Wayne, IN. Entrepreneurship in the Arts Program fall session guest lecturer.
2006, IPFW University, Fort Wayne, IN. Entrepreneurship in the Arts Program spring session guest lecturer.
2006, Garland's Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. Guest artist lecturer.
2006, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY. Lecture : Surviving the Transition from Student to
Professional Artist.
2006, Fort Wayne Artists' Guild, Fort Wayne, IN. Making a Living in the Arts, panelist.
2006, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN. Approaching Galleries, panelist.
2005, Wittenburg University, Springfield, OH. Demonstration workshop.
2004, Goshen Clay Artist's Guild, Goshen, IN. Surface decoration workshop.
2004, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN. Surviving the Transition from Student to Professional Artist, lecture.
2003, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN. Throwing demonstration.
2003, DidFest, Downtown Improvement District, Fort Wayne, IN. KidDid workshop.
2002, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN. Throwing demonstration.
2001, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN. Throwing demonstration.
2000, Mississippi Mud Studios, Dubuque, IA. Thrown & Altered Teapot workshop.
1999, Berea College Ceramics, Berea, KY. Woodfiring in a Bourry Box Kiln.
Exhibitions:
2012, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA. NCECA Invitational, Push-Play
2011, Arrowmont School of Art & Craft, Gatlinburg, TN. Instructor Exhibition.
2011, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Returning to the Light.
2010, Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA. The Vase and Beyond: The Sidney Swidler Collection of the Contemporary Vessel.
2010, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, Philadelphia, PA. Tell-Tale Tiles & Fractured Fantasies. Juried.
2010, West Chester University, West Chester, PA. Clay & Print II. Curator: Paul Andrew Wandless.
2010, University of Arkansas: Monticello, Monticello, AR. Clay Prints.
2010, Belamy Road Gallery, Melrose, FL. Other Worlds. Juried.
2010, Icehouse Gallery, Macintosh, FL. Gator & Sake Cup. Invitational.
2010, Gallery 817, Gainesville, FL. pARTy. Invitational.
2009, Focus Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Currents: Contemporary Florida Ceramics. Jurors: Holly Hanessien and Anna Callouri Holcombe.
2009, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. School of Art and Art History Juried, Exhibition 2009. Juror: John Feodorov.
2009, Roswell Art Center, Roswell, GA. Panorama: New Ceramic Work from the University of Florida. Invitational.
2008, Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, NY. All Fired Up. Invitational, curated by Julia Galloway.
2008, Berea College, Berea, KY. Berea College Juried Alumni Exhibition. Juror: Jeff Oestreich.
2008, Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA. From Dust to Decadence. Invitational.
2008, Westby Gallery, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ. Clay & The Transferred Image II. Invitational.
2008, Artist Image Resource, Pittsburgh, PA. Clay & Print Invitational. Invitational.
2008, The Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO. 11th Biennial Teapot Exhibition, Infusion 10x10. Invitational,Juror: Fong Choo.
2007, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. "50". Solo Exhibition.
2007, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN. Glaze Prints. Solo exhibition - Cocktails & Culture Series.
2007, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN. Bike Shop: Imagination on Wheels. Invitational.
2007, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI. Plates & Platters. Invitational.
2007, Louisville Stoneware, Louisville, KY. Bourbon Bottles in the Bluegrass. Invitational.
2007, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. CCCS Studio Member Exhibition.
2007, Cinema Center, Fort Wayne, IN. Ornament III. Invitational.
2007, Shelburne Art Center, Shelburne, VT. Raise a Cup for Art. Invitational.
2006, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. Comingled Containers. Solo exhibition.
2006, Huntington University, Huntington, IN. Silhouette. Solo exhibition.
2006, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN. Clayfest 2006. Juror: Bill Jones.
2006, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN. Art on East Main Street. Invitational.
2006, John Weatherhead Gallery, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN. Three Rivers Invitational.
2006, The Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH. Functional Ceramics 2006. Invitational curated by Phyllis Blair Clark.
2006, Cinema Center, Fort Wayne, IN. Ornament II. Invitational.
2005, Wittenburg University, Springfield, OH. New Work. Solo exhibition.
2005, John Weatherhead Gallery, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN. The Art of Contemporary Craft. Invitational.
2005, John Weatherhead Gallery, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN. Three Rivers Invitational.
2005, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI. Cup in the Hand. Invitational curated by Anthony
Schaller.
2005, Orchard Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. The Artful Box. Invitational.
2005, Cinema Center, Fort Wayne, IN. Ornament. Invitational.
2004, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. Indelible. Solo exhibition.
2004, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD. Winterfest. Invitational.
2004, Stretch Gallery, Pineville, NC. Funk-tional National. Juror: Ray Chen
2004, Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN. From Hoosier Hands. Invitational.
2004, Bodner Art Studios, Indianapolis, IN. Chemistry. Invitational. NCECA 2004
2004, The Potter's House, Indianapolis, IN. Teabowl Exhibit. Invitational. NCECA 2004
2004, John Weatherhead Gallery, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN. Three Rivers Invitational.
2004, Orchard Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. Teapot Exhibitions. Invitatonal.
2004, John Weatherhead Gallery, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN. The Art of Contemporary Craft. Invitational.
2003, Orchard Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. Stone Teapots. Solo exhibition.
2003, Wassenberg Art Center, Van Wert, OH. Indiana Potters. Invitational.
2003, Roland L. Barr Gallery, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN. Dessert Works. Invitational, curated by John Guenther.
2003, Louisville Arts Association, Louisville, KY. Dinnerworks. Invitational curated by John Guenther.
2003, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN. Holiday Art Fair. Juried.
2003, John Weatherhead Gallery, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN. The Art of Contemporary Craft. Invitational.
2003, Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. Artlink Members Show.
2003, John Weatherhead Gallery, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN. Three Rivers Invitational.
2002, Allen County Public Library Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. Mixed Metaphors. Solo exhibition.
2002, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI. The Vase: Juried Vase Show. Juried exhibition.
2002, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. Cup:The Intimate Object.
2002, John Weatherhead Gallery, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN. The Art of Contemporary Craft. Invitational.
2002, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN. Holiday Art Fair. Juried.
2002, Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. Bonus Show. Invitational.
2002, Unitarian Universalist Church Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. Duet. Invitational.
2002, Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. Artlink Members Show.
2002, John Weatherhead Gallery, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN. Regional Artists Show.Invitational.
2002, Goshen Clay Artists Guild, Goshen, IN. Woodfire Invitational 2002. Invitational.
2001, Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, KY. Handles & Spouts: Juried Teapot Show. Juror: Fong Choo.
2001, Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. Artlink Members Show.
2000, Mississippi Mud Studios, Dubuque, IA. Solo exhibition.
2000, ZenClay, Morgantown, WV. Short & Stout Teapot Invitational. Invitational.
Professional Experience:
2008-present, Owner/Director, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL.
2011, Consultant, Artlink, Fort Wayne, IN.
2010, Curator, University of Arkansas: Monticello, Monticello, AR. Clay Prints
2010, Consultant, University of Florida School of Art + Art History and Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.
2010, Curator, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL.
2009 Curator, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL.
2009, Project Manager, University of Florida School of Art + Art History. Supervised web and catalog designers.
2009, Consultant, NCECA, Erie, CO. Organized exhibition applications and produced CD catalogue.
2009, Juror, Tioga Art Festival, Tioga, FL.
2009, Graduate Assistant to the director of the University of Florida School of Art and Art History.
2009, Juror, Broward College, City, FL, Broward College Potters Guild Exhibition.
2001-2008 Owner/Director, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio & Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN.
2008 Curator, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN and Gainesville, FL.
2007, Exhibition juror Toledo Potter's Guild 50th Anniversary, Toledo Potter's Guild, Toledo, OH.
2007, Panel, moderator and organizer, Curating for Ceramics, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts annual conference, Louisville, KY.
2007, Curator, Huntington University, Huntington, IN. The New Aesthetics of Ceramics exhibition.
2007, Scholastics Juror, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
2006, Juror, Huntington University, Huntington, IN. 16th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition.
2005, Curator, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne IN. Contemporary Functional Ceramics,
Invitational.
2005, Panel moderator, Entrepreneurial Spirit: Three Different Approaches, National Council on
Education for the Ceramic Arts annual conference, Baltimore, MD.
2005, Scholastics Juror, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN.
2005, Curator, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN.
2004, Organizer/Co-Juror, NCECA, Indianapolis, IN. Clay Mechanics, juried exhibition, co-juror -Gerard Ferrari.
2001-2004, Curator, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN.
Service:
2010, Co-organizer and gallery host, Best Foot Forward, an auction to benefit Drew Johnson, coorganized with Linda Arbuckle. Raised money for a college student who lost a foot in an accident.
2009-2010, Organizer and hosting gallery, K-12 Scholarship Fund Benefit to support The National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation's scholarship fund.
2009-2011, Board Member, Gainesville Fine Art Association.
2009-2011, Student representative, Potter's Council Membership Committee.
2009-2010, President, H.O.T Clay, UF Ceramics organization.
2008, Co-organizer and website host, CERF - craft emergency relief fund, AHEAD OF THE NEED: an invitational exhibition to benefit CERF, curated by Anthony Schaller and Lana Wilson.
2006, Co-organizer and website host, Extended Hands: A Show of Support, a sale to benefit Dick Lehman, Goshen, IN
2006, Committee Chair, Fort Wayne Museum of Art Club Art Committee
2003-2005 Committee Member, Fort Wayne Museum of Art Club Art Committee
Awards & Recognition:
2011, UF School of Art + Art History Outstanding Graduate Student, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
2010, Albert K. Murray Scholarship Grant, Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Fund, Adamsville, OH.
2007, Future 40: Young Business Leaders Award, North East Indiana Business Journal, Fort Wayne, IN.
2006, IAC individual artist grant , Indiana Arts Commission, Indianapolis, IN.
2006, Juror's Choice Award, Clayfest 2006, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN.
2005, Purchase award, Funk-tion-al national, Stretch Gallery, Pineville, NC.
Collections:
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Commissioned by John B. Stephenson, Late President of Berea College.
Sidney Swidler, Detroit, MI.
Sanford & Diane Besser, Santa Fe, NM.
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
University of Saint Francis Department of Art and Visual Communication, Fort Wayne, IN.
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN.
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
Professional Memberships:
2009-2011, Gainesville Fine Art Association
2009-2011, Potter's Council Membership Committee
2001-2011, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
2007-2011, Southern Graphics Council
Bibliography & Citations:
2010, The Vase and Beyond: The Sidney Swidler Collection of the Contemporary Vessel, 2010, pp. 172-173. Exhibition catalogue, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA.
2010, 500 Vases, Julia Galloway, Lark Books, 2010. Images of artworks.
2009, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Slide lecture on my ceramic monoprints by Professor Robert Meuller.
2007, NCECA Journal 2007, No. 28, 2007, pp. 52-55. Co-author. Charlie Cummings, Peter Held, LeighTaylor Mickelson. "Panel: Curating Ceramic Exhibitions."
2007, The Crafts Report, Mike Ricci, "Working on Consignment." August 2007: 12-14. Citation.
2007, Upstate Indiana Business Journal, "Future 40", May/June 2007: 31-58. Profile.
2007, Ceramics Monthly, "The New Aesthetics of Ceramics." Upfront, April 2007: 30. Citation.
2006, Image Transfer on Clay, Paul Wandless, Lark Books, 2006: 78. Image of artwork.
2006, Fort Wayne Reader, Jack Cantey. "Art Collective e4 'back from dead' with strong show at Charlie Cummings Gallery." (Fort Wayne) March 2006: 3.
2005, Fort Wayne, Connie Haas Zuber. "Charlie Cummings: Potter, Teacher, Gallery Owner." Nov/Dec 2005: 100-103. Interview.
2005, Ceramics Monthly, "Cup: The Intimate Object." September 2005: 54-55. Exhibition review.
2005, Ceramics Monthly, "Erin Furimsky and Tyler Lotz." Upfront, June-August 2005: 20. Citation.
2005, Whatzup, David Tanner. "In His Own Mold." (Fort Wayne) 30 June 2005: 2 & 26. Interview.
2005, NCECA Journal 2005, No. 26, 2005, pp 52-55. Scott Dooley. "Entrepreneurial Spirit: Three
Approaches." Citation.
2004, News-Sentinel , Carol Tannehill. "Making the Leap." (Fort Wayne) 27 February 2004: 1F. Interview.
2002, Ceramics Monthly, "Scott Lykens." Upfront, February 2002: 14. Citation.