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Spinning Earth pottery vases, Kansas City, KS
Spinning Earth Pottery features four artists: Cathy Broski, Connor Burns, Susan Filley and owner Danny Meisinger. Danny, located right near the entrance, encourages conversation: “The thing that’s really cool about the general public coming [to NCECA]…One, it’s free and two, it’s the best it gets. There are a ton of artists standing by their work and they can talk about it with you. It’s an incredibly accessible experience.”
18 Hands Gallery

18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
Houston’s 18 Hands Gallery is showing 30 artists, some from Houston, at its booth and is hosting the Archie Bray show and a block party on Friday evening from 6-10 p.m. at its gallery on 19th St. called All Fired Up. It’s a multi-venue ceramic revel including Winter and Spring St. Studios. With a shuttle provided by NCECA making travel between shows easy, there’s no reason to miss out!

Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

Located near Yellowstone National Park, Red Lodge is a retail and pottery vases gallery center representing over 80 artists in the U.S. and Canada. I had the opportunity to talk to a few women showing with the gallery.

Gregg & Coleman

Artists Alexis Gregg and Tanner Coleman usually collaborate on large-scale public works influenced by Native American culture. This totem is one of their first collaborations done in studio-size.

Brittany Helms

Brittany Helms makes childlike cups and bowls reminiscent of domestic space. She creates simple and innocent forms with refined slip work referencing domestic life, and maintains playful feminine theme. “One of my professors referred to my work as ‘nostalgia on estrogen,’” she said.
Art Stream on the road

Art-Stream Nomadic Gallery, Aspen, CO
To form a nomadic gallery, artist Alleghany Meadows transformed a 1967 Airstream Sovereign Land Yacht into a traveling exhibition which has gone from Los Angeles to New York City showing contemporary art. When I visited, artist Steven Colby was manning the yacht, which was parked inside the exhibition space. Steven’s work focuses on aesthetics and the pursuit of beauty through the journey of zen-like repetitive practice.

Brannen Mercer

The Kiln Studio & Gallery, Fairhope, AL
Among the artists featured at The Kiln Studio & Gallery pottery vases, I found Houston-born Brannen Mercer, who moved to Fairhope at the age of 11. Brannen is showing clean, white work focused on form and function. He’s explored a lot of aesthetics and techniques in his studies and is taking the time to back up and focus on the craft.


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