Featured Artist: Hideaki Miyamura
In 2013 in the back room of Pleasant Street Tea Room in Gloucester, MA, the Cape Ann Ceramics Festival was conceived as a labor of love by Susan Hershey, Jenny Rangan and Seyrel Williams. On a shoe string budget with much help from volunteers and donors, the impossible became possible and the first Festival turned out to be a smashing success. Committed to the education and promotion of ceramic arts on Cape Ann, the Festival strives to bring together local talent coupled with masters from around the globe and to highlight and support emerging artists through a series of shows and work shops.Throughout the month of August 2013 Cape Ann local artists were joined by Pucker Gallery Boston world renowned potters Randy Johnston of Wisconsin, Phil Rogers of Wales, and Ken Matsuzaki of Japan in a show entitled “Beauty in Use: Ceramics from Cape Ann, Pucker Gallery and Beyond.” Emerging and established potters joined together in a weekend show of affordable ceramic treasure, “Art of the Possible: All Clay Inclusive.” Both shows were housed at the beautiful historic Cultural Center at Rocky Neck. Live local musicians and fabulous food made for fun and festive openings at both shows. Many travelled from near and far to attend a workshop offered by Randy Johnston at Cynthia Curtis Pottery Studios. There were also Raku workshops and a Pottery Trail of open studios.
Elegance graces our gallery this year as the Cape Ann Ceramics Festival 2014 brings the fine arts show, “Contemplation: Fine Ceramics from Cape Ann & Beyond,” featuring Hideaki Miyamura (Pucker Gallery, Boston) and Ani Kasten (Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA). Show dates are August 7-Sept 1 with a Gala Opening, Saturday, August 9, 4-6PM. Gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday, 12-6PM.
“The Art of the Possible: All Clay Inclusive,” returns this year with established and emerging artists and many new treasures for sale, Opening Friday, August 29, from 5-8PM with food, music and a few wonderful surprises, continuing Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31 from 10-6PM.
There will be a Pottery Trail with Open House at Ceramic Studios and Fine Galleries around Cape Ann on Saturday August 16 and Sunday August 17, 10-5PM. Jeremy Randall will give a Demo Workshop at Cynthia Curtis Pottery, 80 Pigeon Hill St, in Rockport, MA on Saturday, August 23, 10-5PM. Hideaki Miyamura will do an Artist Talk at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on Sunday, August 24, time yet to be determined.
The 2014 Festival kicks off March 9, with an inspiring and profound documentary for all those who seek a creative life, “To Spring From the Hand, the life and work of Paulus Berensohn.” Berensohn was a dancer turned potter and multi-media artist who wrote a staple on the bookshelves of many ceramic artists, “Finding One’s Way With Clay.” His interest isn’t in the object of art, but in the act of its creation, particularly how “behaving artistically” can help to heal the earth. Ticket proceeds to benefit the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) which supports artists encountering financial difficulties. Soup , croissant sandwiches and French Artisan pastries sold with proceeds to benefit RNAC and CACF.
Joining the CACF team on publicity this year are Marty Morgan and Shana Holub. Chris Williams returns as our graphics and techno wiz. Susan Hershey is on to another path and we thank her for her visions and partnership last year.
Plans are still evolving, so stay tuned here for more exciting events and news as the adventure unfolds.
If you would like to volunteer, please email: SeyrelWilliams@gmail.com
Thank you for your interest and continued support
Seyrel and Jenny
The Mud Mavens