This weekend you’ll have a once-a-year chance to see some of the best ceramic artists at work in their own studios during the 13th Annual Self-Guided Ceramic Studio Tour. The tour presents the work of more than 50 professional ceramic artists in the Phoenix metropolitan area, including several in Tempe. It’s a great opportunity to view working and living spaces of participating artists. Even better, you get to actually watch many of them demonstrating different aspects of creating in clay, including wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing techniques. Be sure to take your check book and plastic because many of the artists will have pieces of their work for sale. I’ve taken the tour several times and I always find something beautiful to take home. Maps of the tour locations are available at the ASU Art Museum. Or, you can download a PDF of the map at http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/studiotour/. The tour takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
There are also two not-to-be-missed related ceramics exhibitions, MUCK and the 13th Annual Ceramic Studio Tour Exhibition. MUCK features work by Susan Beiner, Nathan Craven, Michael Fujita, David Hicks, Annabeth Rosen, Meghan Smythe and Matt Wedel. Their works combine potent elements of labor, scale and the innate sensuality of clay and glaze to address concerns of environmental degradation and the search for balance in a seemingly all-consuming technological culture. MUCK will be on display at the ASU Art Museum through March 2. This exhibition is a testament to what an extraordinary medium clay is when put in the hands of extraordinarily gifted artists.
The13th Annual Ceramic Studio Tour Exhibition features the work of 40 area ceramic artists. Many of the pieces are for sale. The exhibition will be on display at the Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace through March 2.