Enjoy a Ceramic Studio Tour at Blain Studio

Enjoy a Ceramic Studio Tour at Blain Studio

Host Sandy Blain and guest artists Michael Ceschiat, Esmeralda DeLaney, Jane Kelsey-Mapel, and Sandra Luehrsen welcome the public to Blain’s home studio at 491 W. Courtney Lane in Tempe on Saturday and Sunday, February 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See their one-of-a-kind ceramic vessels and sculptures at Studio #10 on the 17th Annual ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center (CRC) Studio Tour.

Watch master artist-craftsmen Blain, Ceschiat, DeLaney, Luehrsen, Kelsey-Mapel, and Luehrsen share a variety of clay forming and surface finishing techniques. These dedicated teachers will present free demos beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will get treated to the following: 

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Sandy Blain, University of Tennessee Professor Emeritus and Ceramics Instructor at the Mesa Arts Center, will demonstrate her one-of-a-kind vessel forms using slab construction methods and textural imprints from found objects. See finished vessels with layers of luscious glazes.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Sandra Luehrsen, 3D Design Adjunct Faculty at Mesa Community College for 18 years, will show a variety of kiln fired ceramic glaze and non-ceramic mixed media surface techniques. Her innovative sculptures incorporate fired on ceramic decals, glass, and metal.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Jane Kelsey-Mapel, Adjunct Ceramics Faculty at Glendale Community College and Ceramics Instructor at the Mesa Arts Center, will make expressive clay figurative slab sculptures. After forming, glazing and firing, Kelsey-Mapel’s finished figurative sculptures exude personality. 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Esmeralda DeLaney, Full-time Resident Ceramics and Sculpture Faculty at Glendale Community College, will hand-make tiles for mosaics. DeLaney uses both hand-made tiles and vintage figurines to make lively narrative and often humorous wall shrines.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Michael Ceschiat Full-time Resident Ceramics and Sculpture Faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, will demonstrate how to make altered wheel thrown forms for sculpture and more. His visually stimulating sculptures invite thought and reaction from the viewer.

From I-10, exit on Warner Rd. and go east to Kyrene. From the 101, exit on Warner Rd. and go west to Kyrene. Once on Kyrene, head south and turn left on Warner Ranch Rd.  Immediately turn left on Courtney Lane and take it around the bend to the cul-de-sac. Signs on Kyrene and Warner Ranch Roads will guide visitors to the studio.

For more information about artists at Sandy Blain Studio, contact:

Sandy Blain, host, 480.893.2133 or www.sandyblain.com or [email protected]

Michael Ceschiat, guest artist, 480.265.5156 or http://www.michaelceschiat.com or [email protected]

Esmeralda DeLaney, guest artist, 602.246.8269 or [email protected]

Jane Kelsey-Mapel, guest artist, 602.264.3691 or www.janekelseymapel.com or [email protected]

Sandra Luehrsen, guest artist, 480.967.6198 or www.SLuehrStudios.com or [email protected]


For more information about the Valley-wide Ceramic Studio Tour: http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/studiotour/ 

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Sandra Luehrsen was born in Chicago, Illinois. She earned BA and MA degrees from Northern Illinois University and an MFA from Arizona State University (ASU). In 1999 Luehrsen left a position as assistant dean of the ASU Graduate College to start her own art business. She also teaches 3D design at Mesa Community College and presents clay workshops. Luehrsen exhibits her ceramic sculpture locally, nationally, and internationally. The Auckland Institute and Museum in New Zealand, the ASU Art Museum’s Ceramics Research Center, the West Valley Art Museum, the Cities of Phoenix, Tempe, Peoria, Chandler and Prescott Valley, the Kamm Teapot Foundation, and many notable private and corporate collections hold her work. 500 Prints on Clay, 500 Teapots 2, Smashing Glazes, and The Ceramic Surface Design Book are just a few of several books that include Luehrsen’s earthenware sculpture. HGTV’s Crafters Coast to Coast and KGUN9’s The Morning Blend featured her art.

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