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Judith Duff Workshop

Functional Compositions - 2007

Judith Duff will demonstrate a combination of wheel thrown and slab construction to produce organic forms of irregular shape and texture. Participants will learn Judith's approach for throwing and altering a wide variety of forms of uncommon visual strength. Judith will demonstrate throwing large pieces in sections, techniques for hand trimming, and various methods for texturing surfaces. She will include tea bowls, handled baskets, square and triangle vases, teapots, oval forms, trays, and bottles. Judith will also discuss her training in biology and painting, the beginnings of her career as a studio artist, and her frequent travels to work and teach in Japan.

Participants will learn to impart character to their work with altering techniques such as faceting, fluting, incising, and adding deliberate anomalies. Judith will address considerations important to her such as line quality, imagery, texture, and composition. She will discuss her interest in architectural influences in functional pottery, and demonstrate tactics for pursuing this.

Judith will discuss her extensive research into Japanese Shino glazes and clays. Participants will gain an understanding of the different finish effects and firing practices for the kilns Judith uses -- including a wood-fired anagama kiln, a wood-fired train kiln, and a Japanese shino reduction kiln.

A video of famous Japanese potters' throwing techniques, including Goro Suzuki, will be shown.

Class size 35.

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Artist talk w/slides
June 22, 7:00 pm
Free to the public
Two day Workshop
June 23-24, 2007
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Judith Duff Bio

Since 1991 Judith has been a full-time studio potter in North Carolina. While earning degrees in biology and painting, she discovered clay as a way to express form in three dimensions. Working with various clays, Judith makes functional and one-of-a-kind pots with a strong emphasis on form and surface character. She fires with both wood and gas and has studied throughout the United States and Japan. She was chosen to participate in the International Workshop for Ceramic Art in Tokoname (IWCAT), Japan (1999) where she fired noborigama and anagama kilns. In 2004 Judith made her fourth trip to Japan where she spent two months making pots, firing two kilns, and participating in exhibitions. Judith recently received a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council to research Japanese Shino clays and glazes and, while on her recent trip, she interviewed potters working with shinos in the Mino area of Japan.

The Mid Atlantic Clay Conference in Front Royal, VA featured Judith as a principle artist in 2003. Judith's pottery was featured on the cover of Clay Times, a national ceramics magazine, as part of its coverage of this major conference. Articles written by her have recently appeared in Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter and The Log Book. Judith has taught workshops throughout the United States and in Japan. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at many juried and invitational shows including the American Shino Exhibition, Babcock Galleries, New York. Her work has also been seen on the Discovery Channel's Home Matters. Several fine galleries represent her work and her showroom in Brevard, NC is open to the public.

Judith Duff Artist Statement

Since 1991, when I became a full time studio potter, I have watched my ideas come to life through my work with clay. My pottery begins on the wheel and is altered in various ways to make each pot distinctive and unique. The pots are fired in either a wood or gas reduction kiln to achieve a variety of surface effects. The line quality, imagery, and compositions are strongly influenced by my degrees in biology and painting.

My goal as a potter is to communicate my vision through the strength of the form. I work to create beautiful, functional pieces while seeking individual avenues for self-expression. I am not afraid of failure and I experiment continually with new ideas. Always growing through change, I value the unique and the unusual.

I want my creations to be used and enjoyed daily. As someone cradles a tea bowl in their hands or arranges food on a hand thrown platter or eats from a handmade plate, I like to think that I touch them in some way. I hope they are encouraged to rejoice in the world around them and to see that world imaged and celebrated in the shape of a simple pot.

Judith Duff Resume

1989-1991 Production Crafts Clay Program - Haywood Community College, Clyde, NC
1985 BFA in Painting - Wesleyan College, Macon, GA
1974 BS in Biology - Wesleyan College, Macon, GA
1962-1965 University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Workshops and Studies:
International Workshop for Ceramic Art in Tokoname (IWCAT), Tokoname, Japan
Flashing in Wood, Utah State University, Tony Nankervis
International Ceramic Workshop and Symposium, Key West, FL, Kouji Sugie, Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner, Peter Callas
Wood Fired Workshop, Utah State University: John Neely, Owen Rye Arrowmont, Randy Johnston, Mary Law
Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Board Member
American Craft Council
Piedmont Craftsmen Inc.
Southern Highlands Craft Guild
Transylvania County Arts Council -Past Board Member
North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Grant, 2004-2005
Wood Fire Workshop, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference, Front Royal, VA
Lee Arts Center, Arlington, VA
Touchstone Center for Arts, Farmington, PA
Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art, Asheville, NC
Rerun Gallery, Yamomoto, Japan
Wood firing for Haywood Community College
Claymatters, Tryon Place, Charlotte, NC
Ceramic Guild, Scope - Torpedo Factory, Washington, DC
Sawtooth Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, MN
Women Artists of Western North Carolina '06 Exhibition - Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Wild Clay: exhibiting the influence of using local materials - American Folk Art Gallery, Asheville, NC
Bowl Show Invitational - Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI
NCECA Invitational Wood fire Exhibition - Lawrence Gallery, Portland, OR
Big Fish Small Pot: An International Small Teapot Competition - Saddleback College Art Gallery, Mission Viejo
Feats of Clay XVIII - Lincoln Arts Center, Lincoln, CA
Strictly Functional Pottery National - Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA (Directors Award for Form & Function)
National Teapot Show VI - Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC
In our Cups - Lockhart Gallery McClellan House, Geneseo, NY
18th National Juried Art Exhibition - South Cobb Arts Alliance, Mableton, GA (Honorable Mention)
Southern Accents Showcase Community, Preserve at Little Pine, Asheville, NC
The Clay Cup X - Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Crafts National 39 - Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
Southern Highland Craft Guild 75th Anniversary Exhibition - Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Greater Midwest International Exhibition XX - Central Missouri State University Art Center Gallery, Warrensburg, MO
Red Heat - Contemporary Work in Clay - The University of Tulsa School of Art, Tulsa, OK
Endless Variations: Shino Review 2005 - Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Earth, Wheel, and Fire - International Museum of Art & Science, McAllen, TX
Galex 39 - Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL
Naked Truth International Invitational Wood Fired Exhibition, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
100 Teapots 2, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Greater Midwest International Exhibition XIX, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO
Invitational, Centre for the Living Arts, Mobile, AL
14th Annual Natl Arts Competition, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
Functional Ceramics Exhibition 2004, Wayne Center for Arts, Wooster, OH
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, East
Petersburg, PA (Director's Choice Award)
Out of the Fire, The Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA
Two Person Show, Kawalabanya Gallery, Seto, Japan
July National Exhibition, Franklin Square Gallery, Southport, NC (2nd place)
Steam'en, Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, AZ
Gallery Kyouei-Gama, Tokoname, Japan
Wood-Fired Ceramic Exhibition, Blue Spiral, Asheville, NC
Two Person Invitational, River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
2nd World Ceramic Biennale 2003 Korea (CEBIKO) International Competition, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Gwango-Dong, South Korea
Women in Clay Invitational, Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC
Crafts National 37, Penn State University, State College, PA
Origins in Clay III, San Antonio Potters Guild, Ingram, TX
Color and Form: Art and Craft Invitational, Brevard College, Brevard, NC
National Art Competition, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
Sydney Teapot Invitational Show, Inner City Clayworkers Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Ceramics USA Exhibition, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, TX
MatrixArts Space International Exhibition, MatrixArts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
45th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC
Crafts National 36, Zoller Gallery. Penn State University, University Park, PA
CHIC Spring Art Show, Kobe, Japan
Rerun Gallery, Yamomoto, Japan
Aesthetics 2002, Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Lindsburg, KS (First Place)
Feats of Clay XV, Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA (Second Place)
Galex 36, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg IL
Stoneware: For Daily Rituals, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO Handcrafted, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC
American Shino Exhibition, Babcock Galleries, New York, NY
Clay/Wood/Fire/Salt, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH
Artist of the Month, Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
Feats of Clay XIV, Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA
One Person Show, Autumn Song Gallery, High Point, NC
Ceramics 2001,Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, CT
Crafts National 34, Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, University Park, PA
Clay/Wood/Fire/Salt, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Asheville, NC
Feats of Clay XIII, Lincoln, CA (Purchase Award)
An Innovative Spirit, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Asheville, NC
Focus Gallery, Two Person Show, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, CT
2000 Crafts National 34, Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, University Park, PA
Clay/Wood/Fire/Salt, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Asheville, NC
Feats of Clay XIII, Lincoln, CA (Purchase Award)
An Innovative Spirit, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Asheville, NC
Focus Gallery, Two Person Show, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Asheville, NC
International Ceramic WorkshopExhibition, Three Legged Dog Gallery, Key West, FL
Cera Gallery, Tokoname, Japan
National Crafts 1999, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA
Handmade For The New Millennium: A National Craft Invitational, Grantham, PA
Freedom of Fire: A National Ceramics Invitational, Brevard, NC
Feats of Clay XII, Lincoln, CA (Purchase Award)
Fanciful & Functional - Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
3rd Annual Best in America - Stones Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Craftforms '97 - Wayne Arts Center, Wayne, PA
Monarch National - Kennedy Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, AL
Strictly Functional Pottery National - Epharata, PA
Spotlight '97 - Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
North Carolina Crafts Gallery - Carrboro, NC (One person exhibition)
TFACE - Brevard, NC
Westmoreland Art Nationals - Youngwood, PA
Feats of Clay IX - Lincoln, CA (Merit Award)
TFACE - Brevard, NC - 2nd place
J.H. Webb Gallery POTS III, IV, & V Invitational Shows -Macon, GA
Juried Shows:
Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC
Piedmont Craftsmen Fair, Winston-Salem, NC
American Craft Council Shows, Atlanta (Merit Award), Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, St. Paul, Tampa
Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Coconut Grove, FL (First Place Clay)
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair
500 Cups, Lark Books
500 Pitchers, Lark Books
Ceramics Monthly, Summer 2004
Studio Potter, Summer Issue, 2002
The Log Book, August, 2002
American Shino: The Glaze of a Thousand Faces, Published in 2001 by Babcock Galleries, New York, NY, 2001
Ceramics Monthly, September 1998
2004 International Woodfired Workshop, Panelist
Smoky Mountain Living, Summer 2004
Clay Times, Cover and article, November/December 2003
The Discovery Channel, Home Matters Show
Transylvania County Arts Council's evening conversation series, Artspeak, 2003