Sunday, September 16, 2012
Michele Gomez Houk, also of CLAY ARTS VEGAS, went to the Utah State Fair where we were the judges for Pottery and Ceramics. What a display of talent!
I did demonstrations for the Zappos vendor party at the World Market Center. I wish I had a photo or two; we were set up about 500 feet from a GIANT praying mantis that shot fire out of his antennas.
With CLAY ARTS VEGAS we have had two First Fridays, this month (August) we have a goblet show with artists from 7 states, students from CAV, and work from Mission Hills Pottery. The guest juror was Bill Loken of Pahrump Winery.
I was commissioned to create a 3 inch tall figure, in porcelain for a local collector. The piece was then air brushed b another artist.
My mom was helping at CLAY ARTS VEGAS for two months.
Friday I was commissioned to create 9 mugs and a vase with faces for someones birthday
Yesterday I lost my phone......
And I almost forgot; KNPR featured me as one of the local Las Vegas artists, Check out the issue
If I keep on top of this perhaps it wont seem like a laundry list, having CLAY ARTS VEGAS is a huge under taking. However, it is so rewarding and a ton of fun.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Photo: Sam Morris
Clay Arts Vegas opens in Downtown's Old Art Bar
Wed, Mar 21, 2012 (5:17 p.m.)
Last November, a group of artists involved in the ceramics community toured the studios of Valley clay artists. It ended in Peter Jakubowski’s living room, where the discussion turned to a desire for a centrally located clay studio. They should create one, they figured, but nobody had the money. So they dreamed. Then Jakubowski got serious. He planned to take out a loan, but was instead advised to reach out to friends who might want to support such a project. The other artists did the same and the money started coming in. They just needed a location.
- Beyond the Weekly
- Clay Arts Vegas
The Downtown Arts District, with its selection of industrial and empty buildings, seemed a good place to pursue a facility that could serve as a teaching, working, retail and exhibition space. That’s where they came across the old Art Bar on Main Street, a large building with ample parking that sat empty for more than three years. Sure, it was compromised. Scrappers had stripped out electrical wiring and air-conditioning parts, and the stage on which bands had performed sat in pieces in the corner. But the artists had resources, skills and friends, and began scrounging Craigslist, eBay, swap meets and more for supplies.
Now, Clay Arts Vegas at 1509 S. Main St. is a full-service studio with teaching areas, work spaces, a gallery and a retail store that will sell clay, glazes, tools and other supplies.
The plan is to bring together the community’s serious clay artists and welcome beginners. Along with its rotating exhibits by local, national and international artists and a space to buy works from the founders, Clay Arts Vegas has created classes for specific groups, including Mommy and Me, home-school students and young adults. There’s even a Spanish language class. The general public can sign up for an eight-week class at Clay Arts Vegas for $125.
“We’re really trying to be accessible to the whole community,” says Jakubowski, who heads the design for dance program at UNLV. “Not just a niche. We’ve reached out to Red Hat ladies, Prime Timers [an older gay men’s organization] and teachers in Clark County.”
That diversity extends to the seven resident artists, some who already teach in the medium, and have stylistically different approaches to ceramics. “When you look at the group as a whole, each person has their own different interest in the clay community,” Jakubowski says. “We kind of cover a huge spectrum of what you can do with the medium.”
Beyond that, having an activity space, scheduled to open in April, helps diversify the area that’s home to galleries, antiques stores, boutiques, restaurants and bars. Neighbors have already begun stopping in.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Brian Paco Alvarez*, Las Vegas' Culture Promoter has pleaded his support to the CLAY ARTS VEGAS project. We at CAV are excited to have such an important member of the Las Vegas' art scene interested in our project.
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We are looking to start classes in March 2012
*Brian Paco Alvarez, is a professional curator, urban historian and native Las Vegan. He has dedicated his life and career to the cultural arts and historic preservation in the Las Vegas area and throughout the state.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
I have discovered a cool new project in Vegas, CLAY ARTS VEGAS. Check out the blog, webpage, facebook, and the twitter. These guys have it going on!!!! If you can help them in anyway I would appreciate it.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Happy New Year!