Alabama Clay Conference

Conference Overview

ALCC Raffle

This event is made possible with donations from our generous vendors every year, culminating with someone winning an Olympic Kiln. You must be present to win! Proceeds support future Alabama Clay Conferences and the Crafts Emergency Relief Fund ~ CERF+

Attendee Exhibition & Sale

Bring your ceramic work for the Attendee Exhibit & Sale. Participants register their work and identify pieces for sale or NFS. Sales less $3.00 for credit card transaction fees and less 10% (for taxes) will be handled by Conference Staff. Checks for work sold will be mailed to you by March 30, 2015. You may bring additional pieces to replace work sold. Students are encouraged to participate!

Auction ~ Georgine Clarke Ceramic Memorial Fund

To all who knew her, the name Georgine Clarke is not only synonymous with the yearly Alabama Clay Conference since its inception in 1986. The intent of her tireless arts advocacy was to celebrate regional excellence while providing for its renewal by facilitating arts education wherever possible. Please consider supporting her legacy by contributing a ceramic piece for this year’s auction. In 2013, its inaugural year, the auction saw several vendors joining the artists by generously donating equipment, tools and supplies. In 2015, ALCC Conference Scholarships were awarded to worthy students currently studying ceramic art. The idea of an auction originated with Scott Meyer during a anagama firing at University of Montevallo in 2012. Monetary donations are also accepted. Top bidders will be announced at the end of the conference day Saturday. Students are encouraged to participate!

Empty Bowls for Magic City Harvest

Donate a bowl and fight hunger. The bowls collected at this year’s conference will be delivered to Magic City Harvest, the food recovery program of Greater Birmingham. Your donation helps support their efforts to alleviate hunger and raise awareness about the issues of hunger in Alabama. Students are encouraged to participate!

Mug & Pint Exchange

You will receive a ceramic mug or pint made by someone else in exchange for yours! Bring your mug or pint to the Exchange when you check-in at registration. The mugs and pints will be on display all day Friday and bagged on Saturday morning to be exchanged during lunch Saturday. Students are encouraged to participate!

Vendor Trade Show

Be prepared to shop during the 2-Day Trade Show featuring over 20 outstanding ceramic related vendors. The vendors will be open to serve you from 8-5.

Vintage ALCC T-Shirt

Now is your chance to get that ALCC T-Shirt you always wanted. Selections and sizes limited!

Kathy Butterly and Glen R. Brown at the Birmingham Museum of Art

Clay @ Play’s keynote lecture by acclaimed ceramic artist Kathy Butterly will be held Saturday at 9am, followed at 10:30am by a lecture given by Glen R. Brown, ceramics historian and critic in the BMA’s Steiner Auditorium.

2nd Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium at the Birmingham Museum of Art

On Saturday ALCC attendees are welcome to attend any lectures taking place at the Birmingham Museum of Art. The symposium events are free and open to the public. For program information:

Thursday, February 26th

Meet and Greet at the Century Restaurant in the Tutwiler Hotel. Join us for dinner 7:00-9:00pm with the ALCC 30 presenting artists, Nick Joerling, Peter Rose, and Patti Warashina.

Century Restaurant and Bar is a casual, modern approach to fine dining in the historic setting of the Tutwiler Hotel, a Birmingham landmark since 1914. Talented chefs blend locally-sourced Southern flavors with gourmet ingredients to create delightful signature dishes.

Attendees are responsible for their dinner expenses.

Reservations required for dining. Make Reservations via Open Table.

Preregistered for Conference? During dinner check-in and pick up your conference badge. Not Preregistered: On-site registration available.

Friday, February 27th

At the Boutwell, Friday starts with attendee check-in and on-site registration at 7:45 am. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea compliments of Royal Cup Coffee. Attendees participating in the Mug & Pint Exchange, Attendee Exhibit & Sale, Magic City Harvest Empty Bowls or donating a piece for the Georgine Clarke Memorial Ceramic Fund Auction , will find tables staffed with volunteers for each of these events. Vendors open for business at 8:00 am. Don’t forget to bring extra bucks for the raffle. Artists begin on stage at 8:30am. Enjoy lunch on-site (included in registration fee). Artists resume demonstrating following lunch.

At 6pm Friday evening join us in the BMA’s Steiner Auditorium. Gail C. Andrews, the Museum’s R. Hugh Daniel Director, will give a lecture celebrating the life and work of Birmingham ceramic artist Frank Fleming at the BMA’s 2nd Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium, Clay @ Play: Irony, Humor & Whimsy in the Ceramic Arts. The lecture will be followed by a reception honoring Frank and marking the opening of a new installation of his work at the BMA and the opening of the Clay @ Play exhibit featuring ALCC artists Nick Joerling, Peter Rose, and Patti Warashina.

Saturday, February 28th

Saturday starts with vendors open for business at 8:00am with our artists back on stage at 8:30. Enjoy coffee and tea compliments of Royal Cup Coffee. Be sure to buy plenty of raffle tickets! Enjoy lunch on-site, Mugs & Pints will be exchanged. Artists demonstrations resume on stage. Saturday ends with the Raffle and Auction. Saturday evening networking event TBA.

If this sounds like something you or a friend would like to attend, register now and save!