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Jenny Mendes Workshop

Just Add Color! - June 8-10, 2012

Jenny Mendes will take us on a three-day trek through the imaginative use of color in ceramic surface decoration. Participants will learn to infuse a texturally rich and emotionally charged surface upon their work.

The class will create a variety of handbuilt surfaces to experiment with, from tiles to small object sketches. However, the focus of this workshop will be a playful dance with color and surface design experimentation. "I like the idea of both getting lost inside the surface of a piece, and the clarity it takes to find the way back out," explains Jenny.

Mendes will guide discussion of various colorful ways to approach the surface as a painter, by means of a palette of terra sigillatas, glaze, underglazes, washes, and oxides. She will present her "low tech" process of making terra sigillata, with emphasis on helping participants to develop a unique color palate of their own.

Jenny will lead the group in developing strategies for the self-discovery of meaningful subject matter by using intuition, series work, collaboration, storytelling, memory, dreams, pattern, and a non-technical perspective.

Class size 16.

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Three day Workshop
June 8-10, 2012
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Jenny Mendes Bio

Jenny earned a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1982, and has been a full time studio artist since 1994. She has exhibited her ceramic artwork nationally at prominent galleries, juried shows and SOFA. Since finishing a three-year residency at the Penland School of Crafts in 2007, she has completed additional short-term residencies in France, Slovenia, Macedonia, and the US. She currently resides in Ohio.

Jenny Mendes Artist Statement

I have always loved painting, and I especially like making small objects, with rich surfaces. Sometimes I get lost in pure pattern, other times I discover an evocative narrative, in any case I obsessively dive into the surface, to discover a story. It is especially satisfying to me, when someone makes a personal relationship with my work, connecting the narrative I have begun, with a meaningful archive of their own.

Jenny Mendes Artist Resume

1983-85, PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS Core Student program Penland, North Carolina
1978-82, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Bachelor of Fine Arts St. Louis, Missouri
2011, Visiting Artist, Cite Des Arts, Paris France
2010, Visiting Artist, California State University, Chico
2010, 5. International Symposium in Ceramic V-oglje 2010, Slovenia
2008, Resen Ceramics Colony Resen, Macedonia
2008, The McColl Center for Visual Arts Charlotte, NC
2004-07, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
2010, Craft and Design Show - Best in Show, Richmond, Virginia
2006, Smithsonian Craft Show, Artists Choice, Bronze Award
2004, 2010, Cain Park Arts Festival - Juror's Selection, Cleveland Heights, OH
2003, St. Louis Art Festival - Beth Ann Gertstein Juror's Award, St. Louis, MO
2003, Cain Park Arts Festival - First Place, Best in Show, Cleveland Heights, OH
2003, Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Fellowship, Columbus, OH (1996, 1998)
2002, NCECA, Cups of Merit Award, Kansas City, Missouri
2001, Columbus Arts Festival, Jurors' Choice, 3-Dimensional, Columbus, OH
2000, Crafts At The Castle, Best in Ceramics, Boston, MA
2000, St. Louis Arts Festival - Mel Watkin Juror's Award, St. Louis, MO
1999-2002, 2009, Cain Park Arts Festival - Jurors Selection &, Directors Choice Awards, Cleveland Hts, OH
2010, Techniques Using Slips by John Mathieson University of Pennsylvania Press
2010, 500 Vases Contemporary Exporations of a Timeless Form Lark Crafts page 10
2010, American Style Spring 2010 page 40
2010, Ceramics for Beginners Surfaces, Glazes and Firing by Angelica Pozo page 94
2008, Ceramics Monthly Cover and feature article by Katey Schultz pages 32-35
2008, 500 Tiles An Inspiring Collection of International Work Lark Books
2007, 500 Dolls Handmade Dolls Modern Explorations of the Human Form Lark Books
2007, Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion February/March 2007 page 60
2006, Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion November pages 53, 54, 57
2006, Ceramics Monthly December Page 28
2006, 500 Animals in Clay Contemporary Expressions of the Animal Form Lark Books
2006, Design Language, Interpretive Edition by Tim McCreight Brynmorgan Press
2005, 500 Cups, Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace Lark Books
2005, Ceramics Monthly, March
2005, Making and Installing Handmade Tile by Angelica Pozo Lark Books
2004, 500 Figures in Clay, Lark Books
2003, 500 Bowls, Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design Lark Books
2003, Clay Times, January/February
2002, Ornament, Spring
2002, Ceramics Monthly, March
2001, Hand built Tableware, by Kathy Triplett Lark Books
2000, Making Ceramic Sculpture by Raul Acero, Lark Books
2000, At Home With Art, by Estelle Ellis Clarkson N. Potter
1998, Ceramics Monthly, September
1998, American Style, Spring
1996, American Craft, "Portfolio" October/November
2010, Penland School of Crafts, "Cross Pollination" hand building workshop with Alice Ballard
2009, Baltimore Clayworks NEA Funded Art Teacher and Art Education Student Workshops
2008, Hallmark, Inc. Creative renewal workshop in clay for employees, Kansas City, MO
2007, Penland School of Crafts, hand building workshop Penland, NC
2007, Santa Fe Clay, hand building workshop, Sante Fe, NM
One and Two Person Exhibitions:
2010, Heights Arts solo show Cleveland Heights, OH
2010, TRAX Gallery Bob Brady, Ron Meyers, Jenny Mendes Berkley, CA
2009, Red Clay Lodge Art Center featured artist Red Lodge, MT
2009, Quirk Gallery The Vault Project Richmond, VA
2009, Iota Gallery solo show Dallas, Texas
2008, Sherrie Gallery solo show Columbus, Ohio
2008, AKAR Jenny Mendes and Michael Kline New Work Iowa City, IA
2008, The Clay Studio: In the Niche Philadelphia, PA
2007, Signature Gallery Atlanta, GA solo show
2006, The Works Gallery Philadelphia, PA solo show
2004, Signature Gallery Atlanta, GA solo show
Select Group Exhibitions:
2011, AKAR Gallery Dessert Plate Invitational Iowa City, IA
2011, Lill Street Chicago, IL
2011, Clay Art Center "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" Port Chester, NY
2011, AKAR Gallery Yunomi Invitational Iowa City, IA
2010, Ogden Museum of Art "Functional Comfort" New Orleans, LA
2010, Main Street Art Gallery "Liquid Measure" Edwardsville, IL
2010, Mary Lou Zeek Gallery "Nourish and Sustain" Salem, OR
2010, Art of the Pot Reunion Cup Exhibit Austin, TX
2010, Lakeland Community College "From Woman II" Lakeland, Ohio
2010, Roswell Art Center "Drink" Rosewell, GA
2010, Saint Croix Pottery Tour, Minnasota
2010, AKAR Gallery Yunomi Invitational Iowa City, IA
2010, Yokohama Art Fair Yokohama, Japan
2009, Wayne Art Center "Handbuilt National" Philadelphia, PA
2009, Brenau University "The Animal Within" Gainesville, GA
2009, The Clay Studio "Small Favors" Philadelphia, PA
2009, Baltimore Clayworks "Spoon It, Fork It, Cut It Up" Currated by Gail Brown Baltimore, MD
2009, AKAR Gallery Yunomi Invitational Iowa City, IA
2009, Clay Art Center "Under Cover" Port Chester, NY
2009, Fuller Craft Museum Fantasy Teapots from the Arthur Goldberg Collection Brockton, MA
2008, Clay Art Center Transformations 6 x 6 Tile Show Port Chester, NY
2008, Art Gallery at Lyndhurst Table Tops Exhibition Curated by Julia Galloway Tarrytown, NY
2008, Old Dominion University "Stories From the Earth" curated by Richard Nickel Norfolk, VA
2008, Baltimore Clay Works "Symbiosis" Curated by Berndadette Curan and Krista Grecco Baltimore, MD
2008, Art of the Pot Austin, Texas
2008, Ahead of the Need an invitational exhibition to benefit CERF - craft emergency relief fund, Curated by Lana Wilson and Anthony Schaller, Red Lodge Clay Center Red Lodge, MT
2008, Rockford Art Museum "Common Thread: Contemporary Craft" Rockford, IL
2008, Still Life in G Gallery "The Shy Show" curated by Susan Andrew and Carolyn Fellman Bradenton, FL
2008, Baltimore Clay Works "Another Cup" Baltimore, MD
2007, AKAR "Recent Ceramics: Silvie Granatelli, Jenny Mendes & Ron Meyers" Iowa City, IA
2007, Baltimore Clay Works "Opposites Attract" curated by Nick Joerling Baltimore, MD
2007, Penland School of Crafts "Tea" & "Resident Artists Show" Penland, NC
2007, Santa Fe Clay "Agape" Feb/March "2007 Instructors Show" March/April Santa Fe, NM
2007, Obsidian Gallery Tucson, AZ
2007, The Clay Studio "Plates and Platters: Salon Style" Philadelphia, PA
2006, Signature Gallery "Intimate Rituals of Daily Life" Krista Grecco, Kathy King, Jenny Mendes, Janis Mars Wunderlich, Atlanta, GA
2006, Mary Lou Zeek Gallery "The Other" Curated by William Skrips Salem, Oregon
2006, Poetic Expressions of Mortality, Figurative Ceramics from the Porter-Price Collection, Currated by Martha Connell, Mobile Museum of Art Mobile, Alabama
2006, University of Montavallo "Just A Head: a Survey of Ceramic Heads" Calera, Alabama
2006, Ohio Craft Museum "Stories in Clay" Columbus, Ohio
2006, Baltimore Clay Works "An Extravagance of Salt & Pepper" Currated by Gail Brown Baltimore, MD
2006, Society of Art and Crafts " Our Cups Runneth Over" Boston, MA
2006, Xen Gallery "Likeness/Human Form in Clay" St. Louis, MO
2005, Penland Gallery "New Work from the Barns" Work by Penland's current resident Artists Penland, NC
2005, The Clay Studio "Mastery in Clay" Philadelphia, PA
2005, Penland Gallery "Enclosed Within" Penland, NC
2005, Obsidian Gallery "Recuerdos/Remembrances" Tucson, AZ
2005, Santa Fe Clay "Cups Cups Cups" Santa Fe, NM
2005, Blue Spiral 1 "Hot/Ice Tea IV" Asheville, NC
2005, Society of Arts and Crafts "Things Your Mama Said" Boston, MA
2005, Santa Fe Clay "Flowers That Bloom in Spring" Santa Fe, NM
2005, Lucinda Gallery "Body Language the Figure in Clay" (in conjunction with NCECA) Baltimore, MD
2005, Lillstreet "The Contemporary Cup" Chicago, IL
2005, The Clay Studio "Bowled Over" Philadelphia, PA
2005, Signature Shop and Gallery "Stories and Visions of Nature in Clay" Atlanta, GA
2005, Florida Craftsman "Daily" St. Petersburg, FL
2005, Santa Fe Clay "Man's Best Friend" Santa Fe, NM
2004, The Clay Studio "Thirtieth Anniversary Auction" Philadelphia, PA
2004, Society of Arts and Crafts "Our Cups Runneth Over" Boston, MA
2004, Hodges Taylor Gallery "Gather Round the Table" Charlotte, NC
2004, Red Art Studios "A Show of Bowls" Kansas City, MO
2004, Obsidian Gallery "Here I Am" Invitational, multi-media theme show Tucson, AZ
2004, Society of Arts and Crafts "Grimms Fairy Tails" Boston, MA
2004, Santa Fe Clay "The Drawn Surface" Santa Fe, NM
2004, Society of Arts and Crafts "Portraits" Boston, MA
2004, Indiana University of Pennsylvania "Material Wealth" Indiana, PA
2003, Obsidian Gallery "Go Figure" A multi media exhibition exploring the human condition Tucson, AZ
2003, Massillon Museum "With Reverent Hands" Massillon, OH
2003, Obsidian Gallery "Icono-Clash" Tucson, AZ
2003, Society of Arts and Crafts "Craft Boston" Boston, MA
2003, Santa Fe Clay "Hundreds of Cups" Santa Fe, NM
2003, Ferrin Gallery "Subject - Me - Object: Autobiographical Ceramic Sculpture" Lenox, MA
2003, ArtGallery999 "27@999: A Teapot Invitational" San Diego, CA
2003, Wayne Center for the Arts "Functional Ceramics 2003" Wooster, OH
2003, Sandusky Cultural Arts Center "Blue" Sandusky, OH
2003, The Odyssey Gallery "Beastiary" Ashville, NC
2003-02, The Clay Studio "Mastery in Clay" Philadelphia, PA
2003, OXOXO Gallery "Doll Show" Baltimore, MD
2002, Obsidian Gallery "Annual Dia de los Muertos" Tucson, AZ Invitational
2002, The Signature Shop & Gallery "Being Human: Figure Expressed" The Atlanta, GA
2002, OXOXO Gallery "Oops Our Undies Are Showing!" Baltimore, MD
2002, Smithsonian Craft Show Washington, D.C.
2002, Ferrin Gallery "Major Figures: A Group Show of Figural Lenox, MA Ceramics"
2002, Ferrin Gallery "Teapots Transformed: A Group Show" Lenox, MA
2002, Craft Alliance "Once Upon a Time" & "The Body in St. Louis, MO Clay"
2002, Society of Arts & Crafts "Images on Clay" Boston, MA
2002, The Arts Center "The Doll Show" St. Petersburg, FL
2002, Sandusky Cultural Arts Center "Without Color" Sandusky, OH
2001, The Clay Studio " Le Grande Buffet" Philadelphia, PA
2001, The Clay Studio Featured Shop Artist Philadelphia, PA
2001, Penland School of Crafts "Cup Show" Penland, NC
2001, Sandusky Cultural Arts Center "(K)now Clay" Sandusky, OH
2000-01, Crafts at the Castle Boston, MA
2000-02, St. Louis Art Fair St. Louis, MO
2000-01, Cherry Creek Arts Festival Denver, CO
2001, Society of Arts and Crafts "Our Cups Runneth Over" Boston, MA
2000, Lake County Gallery "New Work" Pewaukee, Wisconsin
1999-00, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Philadelphia, PA
1999, The Clay Studio "The Art of Pouring" Philadelphia, PA
1999, Penland School of Crafts "Alida to Zack, 28 years of Penland's CORE Program" Penland, NC
1999, SOFA "Erotica in Ceramic" Ferrin Gallery New York, NY
1999, Turtle Island Gallery "The Human Form" Ellison Bay, WI
1999, NCECA Storefront Installation Project, Columbus, OH
1999, American Craft Gallery, Cleveland, OH
1998, SOFA Ferrin Gallery Chicago, IL