Haystack Workshop in June by Emily Schroeder Willis

This summer I will be spending 2 weeks at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. It is my first time at Haystack, but it has been a dream of mine for many, many years. Two summers ago, I spent a month at Watershed in Newcastle, Maine and have been itching to get back to that part of the country since. The topic for the workshop is “Pinching and Playing”. We will be exploring vessels and sculpture using pinching and coiling as our main method of work. Feel free to come and mess around. Don’t feel you need a strong skill base, we will work together on figuring out the myriad of ways you can use such a simple technique. All skill levels are welcome to attend this workshop.

The workshop runs June 9th - 21st and is in Haystacks 1st Summer Session.

To sign up for the workshop or learn more, click here.

Tally Mugs, 2018

Tally Mugs, 2018

Wreath Pair, 2018

Wreath Pair, 2018

Womb Bowl, 2017

Womb Bowl, 2017

Want to see a whole lotta work? by Emily Schroeder Willis

If you are attending the NCECA conference in Minneapolis, you are in luck! I will be there at the Objective Clay booth exhibiting my work from Tuesday, March 26 - Friday, March 29th at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

I am hoping to bring close to 100 (!) pieces to the show. No conference pass is needed to see the Gallery Expo. The hours of the Gallery Expo are 6:30pm - 8pm on Tuesday night, 9-5pm Wednesday and Thursday and 8:30 - 4:30pm on Friday. At 11am on Wednesday, March 27th I will be in the Objective Clay Gallery booth giving a short (20 minutes-ish) talk about my work. If you would like to hear me talk about it or have some questions to ask me, please feel free to come by!

Most of the work I will be bringing with me will be the dark stoneware with terra sig. I am really excited about it and hope you are too!

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Arrowmont! by Emily Schroeder Willis

This summer I had a great time teaching a hand-building workshop at Arrowmont.  I had the best students and we had such a great time together.  Arrowmont has added a great new kiln yard and upgraded the class room facilities, so our time together was even better than ever!  It was great weather and everyone worked so hard the entire week!  On the last day we all created clay crowns, which I personally, think were the most fun! 

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Getting ready for NCECA Pittsburgh! by Emily Schroeder Willis

Every year I feel like NCECA sneaks up on me...even though I know a year ahead of time when and where it will be!  I will be bringing mostly cups with me to the booth, but may also have a handful of vases, small plates and bowls.

This year I will be showing my work at the Objective Clay Gallery Booth in the Conference Hall (but it is still free and available for the public!) and at the Bradock Carnegie Library in a show titled "InVisible".  Additionally, I will be moderating a panel discussion on Wednesday during the conference about Invisible Illnesses.  Please stop by and say hello if you come by!

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Show is up! by Emily Schroeder Willis

 From July 15 - August 15  I will have my Solo Show "A Line Is, A Line Isn't." up on the Objective Clay website.  With more than 50 pieces to choose from, there should (hopefully!) be something here for you!

Click here to see the show!

Solo Show on Objective Clay by Emily Schroeder Willis

From July 15- August 15  I will have 20+ pieces of work available on the Objective Clay website.  Work will go on sale at 12EST! There should be several mugs, a handful of plates, some vases, some pitchers and a few bowls for your enjoyment!  Stay tuned!

Portland Baby! by Emily Schroeder Willis

It's been awhile, but just to let people know I will have a lot of pots for sale at the 2017 Portland NCECA.  I have been busy working away in my studio for the past 3 month getting it all together, so if you are in the neighborhood, I would love to have you stop by and say "hello!".  No NCECA pass is required to visit the Objective Clay Gallery Booth in the Conference Center where I will have nearly 100 pieces of work on display.  Here is a bit more information about the Conference:

NCECA GALLERY EXPO

Hope to see you there!

Studio Visit from Ceramics Monthly by Emily Schroeder Willis

I keep forgetting to upload this wonderful article from Ceramics Monthly regarding my studio. If you are in the Chicago area, please let me know and i would love for you to drop by!

"Originally published in October 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, pages 26-29. http://www.ceramicsmonthly.org . Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission."


Want to workshop together? by Emily Schroeder Willis

I just back last week from a lovely time in Door County, Wisconsin. I did a workshop at the Peninsula School of Art with 5 FABULOUS attendees!  We had a blast making a ton of work together and enjoying the beautiful scenery around Lake Michigan.   If you would like to do a workshop with me, I am doing a workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts September 21-27.  Click here for info or to sign up.  Arrowmont is an incredible place to visit!

Also, I will be doing a shorter 2 day workshop at Rovin Ceramics in Ann Arbor, Michigan October 25 & 26.  Contact them at http://rovinceramics.com/ to get more information.

Here are a few of my favorite images from last week!

 

Moving on up! by Emily Schroeder Willis

It's now almost the end of July and I am starting to feel "officially" moved in to my new studio in the Ravenswood neighborhood. I moved in July 1st after having a one month studio hiatus and I have hurriedly been putting it together.  It's about 10 blocks north of my most recent studio on the opposite side of Ravenswood.  It's a great space with nice light, high ceilings and a really great open feel.  It's in the Bulldog Lock Co. Building (if you are in the neighborhood!), Studio #105!

I will post more pictures when it is a bit more put together, but here are a few snap shots! 

A view from the front.

A view from the front.

A view from the back.   

A view from the back.

 

A view of the "kitchen"

A view of the "kitchen"

A view of the other "kitchen"

A view of the other "kitchen"

If you want to stop by, I will be working in there Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Just let me know!

Alphabet Cups by Emily Schroeder Willis

I got back this week from a month long Artist in Residence position at the University of Montana, Missoula.  There I got a great little studio space with graduate students who were warm, kind and making incredible work!  It was an inspiring time where I got to make a lot of work I normally wouldn't have had the ability to make.  I often don't get long 8 hour stretches in the studio and some pieces I made in Missoula needed to be started and finished the same day due to the delicate nature of their design. 

All of these pieces are currently on display at the Clay Studio in Missoula and available for purchase through their gallery.

All of these pieces are currently on display at the Clay Studio in Missoula and available for purchase through their gallery.

The collection that started it all!

The collection that started it all!

Another "project" I worked on while in Missoula was every morning I drank from a different cup that was in Julia Galloway's cupboard (she was my gracious and generous host!).  It forced me to try a different cup each day, looking and examining it.  Several of the artists I wasn't familiar, others were artists whose work I had always admired. I posted them each morning on Instagram (an image sharing social media platform).  I also decided to post them here, so those of you who don't use Instagram can enjoy this beautiful collection of cups!

 

A is for Andy Brayman

A is for Andy Brayman

B is for Birdie Boone

B is for Birdie Boone

C is for Bernadette Curran

C is for Bernadette Curran

D is for Doug Casebeer

D is for Doug Casebeer

E is for Elizabeth Robinson

E is for Elizabeth Robinson

F is for Forrest Lesch-MIddleton

F is for Forrest Lesch-MIddleton

G is for Andrew Gilliat

G is for Andrew Gilliat

H is for Sarah Heimann

H is for Sarah Heimann

I is for Ingrid Bathe

I is for Ingrid Bathe

J is for Joan Bruneau and James Lobb

J is for Joan Bruneau and James Lobb

K is for Kristen Kieffer

K is for Kristen Kieffer

L is for Lorna Meadon

M is for Meredith Brickell-Knapp

M is for Meredith Brickell-Knapp

N is for Aaron Nelson

N is for Aaron Nelson

O is for Sean O'Connell

O is for Sean O'Connell

P is for Peter Pincus

P is for Peter Pincus

Q is for Liz Quackenbush

Q is for Liz Quackenbush

R is for Rosie Wynkoop

R is for Rosie Wynkoop

S is for Jeffrey Sincich

S is for Jeffrey Sincich

T is for Sandra Torres

T is for Sandra Torres

U is for Ursula Hargins

U is for Ursula Hargins

V is for Victoria Christen

V is for Victoria Christen

W is for Mikey Walsh

W is for Mikey Walsh

X is for an "X" cup made by Fredi Rahn

X is for an "X" cup made by Fredi Rahn

Y is for "You!" (this is a picture of a cup that I made while in Montana)  I hash-tagged everything in this project with #libraryofcups and asked followers to add a picture of their own work photographed by themselves.  Please feel free to add your own work to the cupboard collection.

Y is for "You!" (this is a picture of a cup that I made while in Montana)  I hash-tagged everything in this project with #libraryofcups and asked followers to add a picture of their own work photographed by themselves.  Please feel free to add your own work to the cupboard collection.

Z is for Lilly Zuckerman.  Lilly was also staying with me while I lived at Julia Galloway's home.  As a special favor to me she created this cup just for my Alphabet Cups Project.  Thanks Lilly! I know you don't make cups!

Z is for Lilly Zuckerman.  Lilly was also staying with me while I lived at Julia Galloway's home.  As a special favor to me she created this cup just for my Alphabet Cups Project.  Thanks Lilly! I know you don't make cups!

One of the greatest parts of this project was finding these older cups of Julia Galloway's sprinkled among the wall of cup.  She told me that she kept one piece of her own from each year.  A visual record of her life's work, if you may.  I really LOVED this and thought  this should be shown.  So from left to right you see her most recent work trailing over to some of her first pieces.  It's quite a journey!

One of the greatest parts of this project was finding these older cups of Julia Galloway's sprinkled among the wall of cup.  She told me that she kept one piece of her own from each year.  A visual record of her life's work, if you may.  I really LOVED this and thought  this should be shown.  So from left to right you see her most recent work trailing over to some of her first pieces.  It's quite a journey!

I hope that you enjoy these pieces as much as I did and do!  Maybe you can start your own Alphabet Cup Project with your own collection!? 

Summer Workshop at Pennisula School of Art by Emily Schroeder Willis

Just wanted to let you know that there will be another opportunity for you to take a workshop with yours truly.  This summer I will be doing a workshop at Pennisula School of Art, July 28-August 1.  It will be a pinch pot workshop.  

 

Here is their website (http://www.peninsulaartschool.com/), they don't have registration up yet, but you could call and let them know you are interested.  

Workshop at Arrowmont by Emily Schroeder Willis

If any one out there is interested in taking a workshop with yours truly, I will be teaching a workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts from September 21-27.  The cost is $515 for the workshop, plus room and board.

It will be a great time for everyone!

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