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Rick Berman Workshop

Take Your Raku To The Next Level - 2009

Rick Berman leads an intense two day raku firing session where participants learn to take their raku results to the next level. With almost 40 years of firing experience, Rick has achieved a magic touch with raku that is second to none. Rick will share specific decorating, firing, and post-firing techniques for getting the best possible result from each of several different raku glazes. Rick will demonstrate a variety of decorating techniques including the use of resists and brushwork for embellishing surface.

Participants will enjoy a fiery weekend of discussion, demonstrations, glazing, and of course....firing! The focus of the session will be on the specific techniques required for achieving optimal results for each glaze, including copper reds, Rick's turquoise, clear & green crackle, lusters, and more. Participants should bring questions, challenges, and examples of effects they would like to achieve (or avoid) for discussion. Rick will help build knowledge to assist with both troubleshooting and planning for optimum effects.

Participants should bring as many as fifteen small to medium sized pots...no platters please! Rick recommends bisque firing to at least cone 06 or cone 04, and using any white stoneware clay such as Standard 239 (or any other kind of raku clay), porcelain, B Mix cone 5 or 10, etc. Participants may also bring any glazes they would like to experiment with, though the studio will provide plenty of glaze for all.

Class size 18.

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Artist talk w/slides
March 27, 2009, 7:00 pm
Free to the public
Three day Workshop
Hands On
March 28-29, 2009
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Rick Berman Bio

Rick Berman is a studio potter, workshop leader, curator, and ceramic historian. He has served as associate editor of Clay Times Magazine,founded and directed the Callanwolde Ceramics program, and has taught at the University of Georgia, West Georgia College, North Georgia College, and Georgia State University and is presently teaching ceramics at Pace Academy. He has conducted workshops on wheel work and kiln building in Ahmednagar, India, and Tanzania, Africa, and made a film on the indigenous potters of Ahmednagar, India in 1992.

Rick's work is found in notable public and private collections all over the world including: Mehera Irani- Ahmednagar, India; John Portman - Atlanta, Georgia; Yo Yo Ma - Boston, Massachusetts; Peter Voulkos - Oakland, California; Congressman John Lewis - Washington, DC; Xu Xing Thao Collection - Suzhou, China; Takasago Research Institute - Tokyo, Japan; The Chicago Art Institute - Chicago, Illinois; The Harriet Tubman Museum - Macon, Georgia; The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts - Honolulu, Hawaii; and the UBS Corporate Collection - Atlanta and New York.

Rick Berman Artist Statement

I live a very simple life with as much order and as little chaos as is humanly possible with my particular gifts and shortcomings. My pots are not separate from my life. Firing techniques and glazes are minimal, and my Salku kilns look as if they were built by a cave man. The forms have always dealt with the cylinder, the ovoid, and the circle, and the infinite number of variations that are possible within these flexible boundaries. The pots are always about function; teapots, bottles, bowls, covered jars, and the like, but sometimes they go beyond tangible function and touch another realm of the human experience which is impossible to explain, but we could call intuition.

My surfaces range from a serene celadon on porcelain, to an intoxicating red to orange to lime green on a raku pot, to the crusty, drippy ash, barnacle like textures and earth tones of my Salku work. I push myself to add too and find new ways to use the information that I have accumulated over the years, and my goal is to maintain the same excitement and enthusiasm for the next kiln load of pots that I had at the very beginning of my clay life. I am extremely grateful for the many opportunities that the Universe has provided.

Rick Berman Resume

Education:
1973 University of Georgia MFA
1971 Georgia State University BVA
During 1972, 1978, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1996, 2006, and 2007 Rick studied with and documented potters of Ahmednagar, India
Positions:
Art Faculty, Pace Academy, 1998-present
Instructor, Georgia State University, Summer Quarter 1999
Instructor, State University of West Georgia, Summer Quarter 1998
Co-Owner, Berman Gallery, 1981-1998
Instructor, Penland School, 1987
Instructor, Georgia State University, Summer 1985
Instructor, University of Georgia, Summer Quarters 1973 and 1983
Artist-in-Residence, South Carolina Arts Commission, 1981
Artist-in-Residence, The Hambidge Center, 1981
Director, Ceramics Department, Callanwolde Arts Center, 1973-1980
Professional Organizations:
Atlanta Art Workers Coalition, Board of Directors
National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts
The Hambidge Center, Board of Directors
Atlanta Gallery Association, Vice President, 1989
Georgia Designer Craftsmen, President, 1977-1978
American Craft Council, Georgia Representative, 1977-1978
Recent Awards:
Bob Owens Endowed Chair of Art, North Georgia College and State University, 2000,2001, and 2002
Pace Academy Yearbook Dedication, 2002
Pace Academy Teacher Award of Excellence, 2001
Workshops and Lectures:
Raku Workshops, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center & Chastain Arts Center, Atlanta, GA, 2008
John C. Campbell Workshop: Tea Ceremony Utensils, 2008
Fired Works/Macon Arts, Lecture: Collecting Contemporary Ceramics & Lecture: The Story of Georgia Folk Pottery & Panel Moderator, 2008
“Out of the Fire Regional Conference” The Potters Council Hudgens Center of the Arts, Duluth, Georgia. 2007.
Sing'isi Pottery Project, Arusha, Tanzania, Africa. Three week workshop teaching kiln building, glaze formulation, the potters wheel, handbuilding and studio management to students and teachers. 2006 & 2007.
John C. Campbell Folk School One Week Workshop: “Ceramic Objects for the Tea Ceremony.” 2004
John C. Campbell Folk School One Week Workshop: “Tea Ceremony Utensils” 2006.
Chastain Art Center: Two one week workshops “Raku and the Potters Wheel” 2006
Callanwolde Raku Workshop, One day, 2004, 2005, 2006
GISA Presenter: “Generating Ideas for Ceramics Projects.” 2004
Chastain Art Center Two one week Pottery on the Wheel Workshops, 2005
Workshop and Lecture: Raku Ho’olaule’a-Hawaii, Oahu, HI,1999
Oconee County Cultural Arts Center Salku and Kiln Building Workshop, Watkinsville, Georgia
Artist, Dealer, Collector Panelist: Howard Finster Symposium, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.
Workshop and Lecture: University of Hawaii, Honalulu, HI, 1999
Workshop: One Million Ideas for Decorating Plates and Bowls, Georgia Independent Schools Association, Woodward Academy, Atlanta, GA, 1998
Workshop: Kiln Building, Waterford, VA, 1996
Workshop: Salku, Coleman Clay Studio, Las Vegas, NV, 1996
Lecture: Salku, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 1996
Lecture: American Studio Ceramics, The High Museum, Atlanta, GA, 1996
Lecture: Salku, Penland School, Penland, 1996
1st Virginia Clay Conference, Fort Royal, VA, 1995
Newquist Studios, The Plains, VA, 1991-1995
American Craft Council Southeast Regional Conference, Sawtooth Center, Winston Salem, NC, 1994
National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts, New Orleans, LA, 1994
James Madison University, Harrisburg, VA, 1992
Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 1990
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1990
Chastain Arts Center, Atlanta, GA, 1989
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 1989
John Carroll University, University Heights, OH, 1988
Penland School, Penland, NC, 1987
Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY, 1986
The Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA, 1975, 1984, 2001, 2002
Greenville Museum, Greenville, SC, 1980
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1980
University of North Carolina at Raleigh, Raleigh, NC, 1980
Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN, 1979
Armstrong College, Savannah, GA, 1978
Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT, 1978
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL, 1978
East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, 1978
University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, 1977
Columbia Museum, Columbia, SC, 1976
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 1976
Mercer University, Macon, GA, 1976
Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA, 1975
Curator:
Raku Exhibition at the Oconee Cultural Arts Center, Watkinsville, Georgia. 2005
"19th and 20th Century Southern Stoneware” Madison-Morgan Cultural Arts Museum 2006
“CLAY” The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA, 2003
“Ron Meyers—30 Years” Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA, 1995
“Georgia Clay ‘92” Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA, 1992
“Rick Berman and Friends” Callanwolde Art Center, Atlanta, GA, 1979
Juror:
Mudfire Teapot National, Atlanta, Georgia 2006
Southern Association of Independent Schools Visiting Committee Member: Beaufort Academy, Beaufort, S.C. 2005
Juror: Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum Arts Festival. LaGrange, Georgia
Executive Director, Search Committee, The Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA, 1992
Southern Homes Magazine, “Visual Arts for the Home,” Atlanta, GA, 1989
National Kidney Foundation, Atlanta, GA, 1986
Piedmont Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA, 1979, 1987
Waccamaw Art Guild, Myrtle Beach, SC, 1981
Ringling Museum Arts Festival, Sarasota, FL, 1979
Allied Arts Council, Mobile, AL, 1978
Craftsmans Fellowship Panel, South Carolina Arts Commission, Columbia, SC, 1978
Roswell Arts Festival, Roswell, GA, 1976
Florida Designer Craftsmen, The Cummer Museum, Jacksonville, FL, 1976
Scholastic Art Awards National Exhibition, New York, NY, 1975
Publications:
Don Reitz Clay, Fire, and Salt, excerpts from Claytimes article.
Rick Berman, Clayworker, artist monograph, 2007
Clay Times Magazine, March/April 2004, Tom turner Interview
Clay Times Magazine, Jan/Feb 2005, Simon Levin Interview
Clay Times Magazine, Nov/Dec 2005, Lauren Gallaspy Interview
Clay Times Magazine, Oct/Nov 2006, Sandy Culp Inteview
Raku by Steven Branfman 2001
Smashing Glazes, by Susan Peterson 2001
Working With Clay 2nd Edition, by Susan Peterson 2001
“Victoria Christen Interview”, Clay Times Magazine, 2000
“Seth Cardew Interview”, Clay Times Magazine, 1999
“CLAY Exhibition Curators Statement”, Clay Times Magazine, July-August 2003
“Collecting Contemporary Ceramics,” The Museum of Arts and Sciences, Catalog Essay for, Contemporary Ceramics from Georgia Collections, Macon GA, April 10-September 20, 1999
“Contemporary Ceramics from Georgia Collections”, Clay Times Magazine, July-August 1999
“The Making of an Artist: An Interview with Rick Berman”, Ceramics Monthly, by Joel Betancourt, May 1999
Working With Clay, by Susan Peterson 1998
Clay Times Magazine, January-February 1998
“Don Reitz Interview”, Clay Times Magazine, April 1995; January 1996
“Peter Voulkos Interview”, Clay Times, November-December 1996
“Ron Meyers—30 Years”, Catalog Essay, Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA, 1995
“Andy Nasisse Review”, American Ceramics, 1994
“Jack Earl Interview”, Ceramics Monthly, 1992
“Ceramics Monthly (Cover)”, Ceramics Monthly, January 1990
“A Gallery View”, Studio Potter Magazine, 1989
“Andy Nasisse”, Ceramics Monthly, January 1989
Studio Clay in Georgia 1969-1989, Contemporary Studio Works Catalog Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA, 1989
“Romancing the Raku”, Southern Homes Magazine, by Lynn McGill, 1988
“An Oxidation Studio”, Ceramics Monthly, February 1984
“The Village Potters of Ahmednagar”, NCECA Journal, 1983
Great Ideas for Potters, Edited by Barbara Lipton, 1983
Teapots, Rick Berman, 1980
“Ceramics Southeast 1979”, Ceramics Monthly, 1979
“An Indian Pottery”, Ceramics Monthly, 1979
Ceramic Glazemaking (Cover), By Richard Behrens, 1976
“Northeast Georgia Potters”, Studio Potter Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1975
One Person Shows:
Chastain Art Center Gallery, “Rick Berman: New Work,” Atlanta, GA, 2003
The Signature Shop and Gallery, “Rick Berman: Raku + Salku ”, Atlanta, GA, 2003
The Signature Shop and Gallery, “Rick Berman: Recent Work”, Atlanta, GA, 2001
University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, 1999
The Signature Shop and Gallery, “Rick Berman: New Work,” Atlanta, GA, 2000
The Signature Shop and Gallery, “Rick Berman Teapots,” Atlanta, GA, 1999
State University of West Georgia, “Rick Berman: New Work,” Carrollton, GA, 1998
Ceramics Southeast, “Rick Berman: Salku,” University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 1996
Coleman Clay Studio and Gallery, “Rick Berman: Salku,” Las Vegas, NV, 1996
Berman Gallery, “Rick Berman: Salku,” Atlanta, GA, May 18-31, 1996
Berman Gallery, “20 Years,” Atlanta, GA, 1988
Jefferson Davis College, Brewton, AL, 1986
J. H. Webb Gallery, Macon, GA, 1986
Augusta College, Augusta, GA, 1984
Athens Botanical Gardens, Athens, GA, 1983
CD/FS Gallery, Syracuse, NY, 1983
The Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA, 1983
Armstrong College, Savannah, GA, 1978
Callanwolde Arts Center, Atlanta, GA, 1978
Mercer University, Macon, GA, 1977
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, 1977
Center for Modern Art, Micanopy, FL, 1976
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 1976
Signature Shop, Atlanta, GA, 1975
Two Artist Shows:
The Westminister School Gallery, "Rick Berman and Andy Cunningham," The Westminister School, Atlanta GA, August 20-September 20, 1999
Rick Berman & Jorie Berman, Signature Shop, Atlanta, GA. 2005
Recent Group & Invitational Shows:
Ron Meyers & Past Students, Cora Stafford Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, 2008
American Masters- MudFire Gallery, Decatur, GA, 2008
Three Georgia Potters: Madison Morgan Cultural Arts Center Madison, Georgia 2006
Cedar Creek Gallery National Teapot Show VI Creedmoor, N.C. 2005
Three Man Show: Tom, Rick, and Jerry, Oconee County Arts Federation Gallery, Watkinsville, Ga. 2005
“21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada”, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH, 2003
“Potters of Georgia and North Carolina”, Bascom-louise Gallery, Highlands Visual Arts Center, Highlands, NC, 2003
“Perspectives-Georgia Potters and Collectors” Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA, 2003
“Third Annual Sul Ross State University Ceramic Invitational” Alpine, TX, 2001
“Teapots”,The Swan Coach House, Atlanta, GA, 2000
“LaGrange National”, Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA, 2000
“Salt Fired: Form and Surface”, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT, 1999
“Salt Fired”, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT, 1998
“Beyond Serving: A Contemporary Platter Invitational”, Jessie Metcalf Gallery, University of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, 1998
“35th Bay Annual Art Show”, Visual Arts Center of Northeast Florida, Panama City, FL, 1997
Third Place/Three Dimensional Category, “Clay Az Art 18 International” Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ, 1996
“Ceramics USA”, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 1996
“LaGrange National Biennial”, Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA, 1996
$1000.00 Purchase Award, “Hammond’s National”, Monet Gallery, Grayton Beach, FL, 1995
$1000.00 Purchase Award, “ORTON Cone Box National Exhibition” Baker University, Baldwin City, KS, 1995
$100.00 Purchase Award, “Hot Pots Exhibition”, Roswell Potters Association, Roswell, GA, 1995
Jurors Award, “Teapots: Interpretations by Southern Artists”, Lenox Square Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 1995
“Alabama Clay Conference 1”, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL, 1986
Collections - Partial Listing:
Albany Museum, Albany, GA
Bayle Museum, Roanoke, VA
Bob Brady/Sandy Simon, Berkeley, CA
Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL
Tom and Elaine Coleman, Las Vegas, NV
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Greenville Museum, Greenville, SC
Harriet Tubman Museum, Macon, GA
The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, HI
The High Museum, Atlanta, GA
Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA
Mehera Irani, Ahmednagar, India
Jim Melchert, Berkeley, CA
Penland School, Penland, NC
John Portman, Atlanta, GA
Andres Serrano, Brooklyn, NY
Peter Voulkos, Oakland, CA
Takasago Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan
Shunsaku Ueda, Tustin, CA
State University of West Georgia, Carrolton, GA
The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Franz Wildenhain, Rochester, NY
Xu Xing Thao, Suzhou, China
Yo Yo Ma, Boston, MA
Jane Fonda, Atlanta, GA
Congressman John Lewis