Monday, November 30, 2015

Register NOW! for TASOC Winter Semester

Eric Alexander Santoli, faculty
The Art School at Old Church is accepting registrations for the winter semester. The variety of courses offers creative opportunities, workshops and classes for adults, families, teens and special needs children. Classes start in the first week of January and most continue through the middle of March.

A complete catalog of classes is available online and registration is accepted by phone, fax or hand delivery. Students are admitted on a first come first serve basis and a maximum of eleven students are enrolled in each class to optimize individual attention. The faculty at the Art School is made up of experienced, professional artists. They are all committed to teaching the breadth of possibilities within their field and encourage each student to find his/her own creative voice in a supportive environment.

DeBorah Goletz, faculty
Workshops and cultural offerings on the schedule include glass bead-making, a series of yoga classes for all levels as well as collage and a one-day intensive on self-portraits. There is a variety of opportunities to experiment with ceramics from wheel-throwing and creating functional pots for food and drink to sculptural and hand-building techniques and experiments in figurative sculpture. Many drawing and painting classes are offered to all levels of experience.  Classes in life drawing, portraiture, watercolor techniques and abstraction through color, pattern and mixed media are available to students of all levels. The Art School also offers classes in digital photography, printmaking, fiber arts and jewelry making.

The Young Artists Program serves students age 5 to 12. All classes are designed to encourage the discovery of creativity, with an emphasis on process rather than product. The program offers opportunities for children to explore a variety of art forms in a fun, creative and exciting environment. TASOC also offers sessions for children with physical and developmental challenges through the Special Needs Art Experience.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The 41st Annual Pottery Show & Sale

Robbie Lobell, 2014, Pots on a Blue Table,
flameware claybody thrown and altered, propane-fueled soda vapor, cone 11

From December 4-6, The Art School at Old Church will present the 41st Annual Pottery Show and Sale in the Mikhail Zakin Gallery located within the School at 561 Piermont Road in Demarest, New Jersey. The Annual Pottery Show and Sale began in 1974 as a fundraiser for the Art School at Old Church by long-time friends Karen Karnes and the late Mikhail Zakin, Art School founder. They wanted to bring together their vibrant community of potters with the local community to offer an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind works of art while supporting the newly established cultural resource. The show has grown to include 30 national and international artists and offers more than 2,000 pots for sale over its three-day span.  Admission to the Show is a suggested donation of $10, which benefits the Art School. Join collectors and enthusiasts alike at this must-see destination. The sale also offers an opportunity for novice potters to explore the possibilities of contemporary ceramics.

Sunshine Cobb, Cake Stands, 2015, hand built, cone 3
The 2015 show is curated by Karen Karnes in collaboration with artists Bruce Dehnert and Chris Gustin. The curators have invited artists to highlight a wide spectrum of styles from both seasoned and emerging potters presenting a variety of functional and decorative pots. Gustin said that the show “has supported the founder’s vision of Old Church as an arts center that was founded to bring the arts to the community.” Dehnert elaborates on the process of curating according to Karnes’ vision that “those who are invited should be among the best. Karnes has one of the most informed and keenest eyes for pots I have ever been around and her grasp of the field is remarkable and inspiring.”

Bryan Hopkins, Vase, 2015,
porcelain, slip-cast slabs, hand built, cone 10, 11''

Attendees can expect to find unique, functional kitchenware like everyday dishware, mugs, servers, and casseroles, as well as sculptural works and decorative objects for the home. Executive Director, Maria Danziger, encourages everyone to participate in this amazing show and sale. She believes that this three-day event provides an opportunity for enthusiasts to meet the artists who created each one-of-a-kind piece. 

Lorna Meaden, Watering Can, 2015

Richard Aerni, Rochester, NY
Normandy Alden, West Winfield, NY
Sunshine Cobb, Sacramento, CA
Bruce Dehnert, Layton, NJ
Adam Field, Helena, MT
Julia Galloway, Missoula, MT
Chris Gustin, Dartmouth, MA
Hiroe Hanazono, Philadelphia, PA
Bryan Hopkins, Buffalo, NY
Tom Jaszczak, Helena, MT
Nick Joerling, Penland, NC
Karen Karnes, Morgan, VT
Michael Kline, Bakersville, NC
Justin Lambert, Jupiter, FL
Robbie Lobell, Coupeville, WA
Bruce Dehnert, porcelain, glaze/flashing slip, wood fired    
Andrew Martin, The Netherlands
Lorna Meaden, Durango, CO
Matthew Metz, Alfred Station, NY
Ted Neal, Yorktown, IN
Sean O'Connell, Wilmette, IL
Donna Polseno, Floyd, VA
Liz Quackenbush, State College, PA
Seth Rainville, Dartmouth, MA
Ellen Shankin, Floyd, VA
Mark Shapiro, Worthington, MA
Rob Sieminski, Phillips, ME
Jack Troy, Huntingdon, PA
Karen Karnes, Sculptural Vessel, stoneware, 9x10.75x10.5'', 2010    
Bill Wilkey, Helena, MT
Adero Willard, Florence, MA
Erica Wurtz, Conway, MA

Visit for more information on participating artists, curators, and show history. Call (201) 767-7160 for directions and further information. 

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Sean O'Connell, Crock Jar, Porcelain, wheel thrown
Friday, Dec. 4, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
Saturday, Dec. 5, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, Dec. 6, 11:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Suggested donation $10

561 Piermont Road, Demarest, NJ 07627  

Parking On-Site & Street 
Adam Field, 2014, Porcelain, wheel thrown with incised pattern,