ALCC 28 kicks off Thursday evening with a reception celebrating the 2nd Alabama Clay Market. The Clay Market is a week-long pottery and sculpture sale of some of the Alabama’s best ceramic artists. The Clay Market features the work of approximately 30 ceramic artists, with styles ranging from folk to modern. The event is open to the public and all pieces are for sale at Christopher House at 3205 2nd Avenue South, 205-581-0202 from 6:00–9:00pm. We will provide on-site registration and preregistered attendees may check in, get their conference badges and packets Thursday evening at the Clay Market.
February 22 & 23 – 10 am to 5 pm (closed Sunday, February 24)
Monday, February 25 thru Friday, March 1 – 4 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, March 2 – 10 am to 5 pm
You may sign in and pick up your conference badges and packets as early as 7:45 am on Friday, and 8:00 am on Saturday at the Registration Table at the Boutwell Auditorium. On-Site Registration will be available also.
Trade Show with many outstanding vendors located at entrance of auditorium adjacent to the stage area opens Friday and closes at the end of the day Saturday. Our vendors generously donate many items to be raffled during the conference.
On Friday at 6:15pm ceramic artist and educator, Magdalene Odundo, will present the keynote address for The Birmingham Museum of Art Bunting Ceramics Symposium in their Steiner Auditorium. Followed by a reception with heavy hors d’ oeuvres celebrating our joint venture and the exhibition of works by Gerit Grimm, Dirk Staschke, Kurt Weiser, and Magdelene Odundo strategically displayed with the Museum’s permanent collection. On Saturday lectures related to the Bunting Ceramics Symposium will take place all day in the Museum’s Steiner Auditorium. Clay conference attendees are welcome to attend any of the lectures at The Birmingham Museum of Art.
You are encouraged to bring ceramic work (students may participate) to be included in the Attendees’ Exhibit, as well as one piece to donate for the Inaugural Silent Auction to benefit the Georgine Clarke Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will provide support to a student studying or planning to study ceramics at an academic institution. Top bidders will be announced at the end of the day on Saturday. All work may be brought to registration or later to conference volunteers. Scholarship award to be announced at later date TBA.
Work in the Attendees’ Exhibit will be on display and for sale (if you choose). Identification labels will be available with a space for price or NFS. Sales less 35% Alabama Craft Council commission will be handled by Conference personnel. Checks for works sold will be mailed to attendee exhibitors by March 30, 2013. You may bring additional pieces to replace sold work. You will need to store any additional work yourself. We do not have secure storage for extra work.
David Gamble of Skutt Ceramic Products, Inc. will host a Peep Show at his booth in the conference trade show. David invites everyone attending the conference to bring a custom-made, ceramic peep-hole plug. Make a decorative Peep Hole Plug out of clay, fired and functional. By “functional” we mean: the plug fits into the peep hole’s 1 ¼ inch opening, tapering to ¾ of an inch. The Peep Hole Plug needs to support itself while in the peep hole. Plug part should not be glazed (underglaze is OK). The part of your plug that sets outside of the kiln may be glazed. Conference attendees will be able to vote for their favorite. Bring your pieces to David Gamble at the Skutt Booth.
This event is made possible with generous donations from our vendors every year. You could win a brand new kiln from Olympic Kilns! You must be present to win! All proceeds benefit the Crafts Emergency Relief Fund. Raffle tickets are sold throughout both days. CERF+ is a national artists’ service organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and provide emergency resources that benefit all artists. To find out more go to www.craftemergency.org and www.studioprotector.org
Everyone is encouraged to donate a ceramic bowl to Empty Bowls that benefits food banks throughout the state. Read more about the Empty Bowls project in Montgomery.
Join our artists, Gerit, Dirk, and Kurt on Sunday morning from 9:00–10:30am as they discuss their work at Birmingham Museum of Art’s Steiner Auditorium.
On Saturday evening from 8:00–11:00pm, head over to Good People Brewery at 114 14th Street South for the Pint Exchange and After-Party. Last year’s party was attended by 75% of conference goers.
BRING YOUR PINT TO REGISTRATION! Back by popular demand! Over 120 pints were exchanged last year! The pints will be on display Friday and bagged on Saturday and later swapped at the After Party. You will receive a pint made by someone else in exchange for yours! We would love to see all of you make a pint to trade!
THIS EVENT IS FREE! Register early as space is limited to 30 participants (Must register through Acteva, but you do not have to be a conference attendee). Lunch provided. Tracy and David Gamble will conduct a hands-on workshop from 9:00am – 1:00PM. Art Teachers will create in clay and then decorate with underglazes in the Birmingham Museum of Art’s studio classroom. David will share basics and tips on loading, firing and testing in electric kilns. David works with SKUTT and Tracy works with AMACO. *Clay and underglazes will be provided by AMACO. Kiln firing posters will be provided by SKUTT. *
Shirts with a commemorative logo are available. $20.00 – $24.00 each depending on size. Shirts available by pre-order only! Size, quantity and payment must accompany registration and be received before or on February 1, 2013. Preordered shirts can be picked up with your registration packet.