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University

Selected Conferences and forums organized at NYU:

“The Clay Forum” Initiated a forum for artists, curators, and collectors in tri-state area to convene for lectures and demonstrations by noted artists related to clay.

“Oribe in NY” In conjunction with the Oribe exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Turning Point: Oribe and the Arts of 16th Century Japan,” National Japanese TV (NHK) consultant on 90 minute documentary titled "Oribe in New York: A Challenge for University Students for the Momoyama Avant Garde." Students participated in a variety of experiences around NYC intended to capture the mood and spirit of Oribe. The documentary aired on Japanese national TV in March of 2005.

Community

Boards:

Host Donor Dinner for Clay Art Center, Home residence for 52 guests raise funds for CAC. April
16, 2016

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Board Retreat, Dartmouth, MA, October 12-13, 2013

International Academy of Ceramics, Ariana Museum, Genève, Switzerland, Elected North American Council Representative, 2013.

The Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York, Board of Trustees 2012- present

Studio Potter Board of Trustees. Advisor and committee member, 1986-2002, The Studio Potter is a not-for-profit membership supported organization that provides services to an international community of the ceramic artists through a variety of services.

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Edgecomb, ME. Past President and current Trustee, 1992–Present. Watershed is a residency/retreat that provides artists with time and space to create in clay. Artists from across the country as well as abroad work in an intimate, non-hierarchical, process-oriented environment for experimentation, exploration, collaboration and growth. As president I raised international awareness of this unique residency program, hired an executive director and organized numerous fund raising events “Paper Pots,“ “Famous Monday’s,“ and various fund raisers at collectors homes.

Evaluator Bloomsbury Publishing, London, England, October 2013, 2014.

Benefit Tour of Schwartz Collection, University Council for Art Education, May 22, 2005.

Juror, Crafts America, Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, April 2005

Curator, “New Talent 2005,” WeissPollack Gallery Benefit for MOCA/NY, January 20–February 5, 2005.

Juror, 3rd World Ceramic Biennale (CEBIKO) International Competition, 2005, Icheon, Korea.

Artists Grants Crafts Panel, Massachusetts Cultural Council State Agency, March 27, 2003.

Juror, Emerging Artists in Craft Media Award, American Craft Council, April 28–29, 2001.

Juror, Ceramic National 2000. Everson Museum of Art, January 2000

Member, Culinary Committee, National Arts Club, New York.

Juror, Grossmont College, Hyde Gallery “Viewpoint: Ceramic ‘99” Exhibition, March 1–19, 1999.

Judge, Tool Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, November 11, 1997.

Judge, Niche Awards, The Rosen Group, Baltimore, September 11, 1997.

Judge, Family Service of Greater Boston, "Crafts at the Castle,” Boston, June 18–19, 1997

Judge, Third International Ceramic Biennale, National Center For the Fine Arts, Cairo, Egypt, May 23, 1996.

Judge, National Cone Box Show, March 12, 1996, Baker University, Baldwin City, KA.

Judge, Year of American Crafts, Jewelry Exhibition, Jersey City State University, October 16, 1993.

Ceramic Consultant, Government of Nicaragua, 1993.

Boards

Arts Westchester, Board of Trustees, Council for the Arts, 2009-2012. Arts and Grants committee.

Feb 23, 2011 KOCEF International  Committee for Korean Beinnale

Museum of Ceramic Art/NY. President of the Board, 2000–present. The Museum, to be built in Long Island City, will be the first museum devoted to the ceramic arts in a major city in the United States.

The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Trustee, Advisor, 2001-2007.

K12 Foundation. Trustee, 2002–present. K12’s mission is to instill the spirit of creative thought, skill and experimentation through the expressive medium of clay. After thousands of years, clay continues to inform civilization and plays a crucial role in everyday and artistic life. To that end, K12 supports teacher education by providing a variety of initiatives to facilitate and expand classroom knowledge about the geology, history, chemistry, sociology, geography, aesthetic, and technical approaches to creating form in clay. K12 provides a forum for identifying exceptional work from school children across the nation and awards scholarships through juried exhibitions coordinated with the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts’ yearly conferences. K12 is a not for profit organization that fills a unique niche in the art and ceramic education of the school child and is dedicated to the diversity of expression possible in the ceramic arts.

Advisory Board - Tonk Foundation, the Netherlands. A Ceramic Organization to promote Dutch Ceramics in the United States. 1999–2001.

Museum of Glass and Ceramics, Portland, ME. Advisory board. 2003­–2004 

University Council for Art Education. Past-President. 1996–1997.

Jingdezhen, China 2004: 1000 Years Celebration of Porcelain, Advisory board for Planning an International festival in 2004 celebrating 2,000 years of porcelain making in Jingdezhen. Ceramic artists, historians, collectors, museum educators, gallery owners, and art educators gathered for this landmark event.

Consultant-ships:

Westchester Council for the Arts. 2006–present. Curatorial special consultant for All Fired Up! From October 3–November 30, 2008, more than 50 venues throughout Westchester Country will participate in a celebration of clay. The event will encompass museums, multi-art centers, libraries and college-based galleries and alternative sites as they host parallel exhibitions of regional, national and international works of art that explore the breadth and depth of ceramic expression. I meet with various venues (i.e., Hudson River Museum, Rye Arts Center, Hammond Museum, Lyndhurst, State University at Purchase) and propose artists and themes that would best suit their site. In addition, I am working on a wide range of activities that will provide teacher training, workshops together with symposia designed to engage students, educators, collectors and the public.

4th and 5th Biennale Icheon, Korea, 2006–present. The Gyeonggi Province government built three museums in Icheon, Gwangju and Yeoju to develop an international awareness of their centuries-old ceramic community. Each museum has its separate focus—one for contemporary ceramics, one to highlight ceramics in the home and the third to display the finest Korean ceramic history. As the main feature of the Biennale, the organizers initiated an international competition and offered more than a third of a million dollars in prize money. I was chief juror for the Biennale. Currently, I am working as consultant to the next biennale to identify significant developments and issues in the field and to propose exhibitions and symposium themes.

Noritake China Company, Nagoya, Japan, 2000–2001. Consultant on reproduction of Art Deco motifs from the 1920's. This was a pilot program making lusterware in Sri-Lanka.

Nicaraguan Government, 1998. Consulted to develop indigenous crafts of Nicaragua into an export industry. I ordered wheels, glazes and materials to train local artisans, promote and help market the products in the US and Europe.

Ceramic Millennium-World Advisory Council, 1998. Advisor to plan the Ceramic Millennium Amsterdam.

Executor:

Dr. Howard Kottler Estate, noted ceramic artist and teacher. 1990–present. I have maintained the Trust, created an endowment and donated funds and works of art to several major museums. In addition, I have organized a retrospective of his work, promoted gallery representation, and used endowment funds to help underwrite a monograph, Face to Face, written by Patricia Failing, published in 1995 by the University of Washington Press.

Press

Articles written about me, my work and collection have appeared in a number of magazines, newspapers and journals as well as in a Google search under the heading: Confrontational Ceramics. Among these have been:

Life and Style

Art and Antiques Magazine

American Craft Magazine

American Style Magazine

The Asian edition of the Wall Street Journal

 

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