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:
Esmeralda DeLaney, guest artist, 602.246.8269 or [email protected]
For more information about the Valley-wide Ceramic Studio Tour: http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/studiotour/