As many of you know, Dave and the kids and I took a family vacation back east at the end of May/beginning of June.  Many of our more “interesting” vacation pics spilled over to the Bracker’s facebook page.  I hope you enjoyed watching our antics and hijinks.  We had so much fun staging those shots.  I would like to mention that no sculptures, statues, fossils, or buildings were harmed in the making of our vacation.  AND, we had so much fun that we’ve decided to let it continue back here, so be watching our facebook page and our instagram feed for more fun right here in the Bracker’s building, around Lawrence, and maybe even Kansas City or Topeka or Manhattan….more to come!

June Recap…

Speaking of hijinks and antics, June has been a fun month here at Brackers, most recently with the collaboration between Chanda Glendennning and Eric Stearns.  We enjoyed having them both as our guests in our studio area, working alongside our inaugural resident artist, Zach Palasz.  We look forward to hosting more collaborations, so if you’re interested in working with another artist and need a great, supportive environment in which to do it, let us know! Another first in June was our first custom professional development session with a local art teacher.  Margaret Krogman from Onaga High School came and spent three hours with us, delving into glazes with Cindy, Kilns & Raku with David and an intensive throwing session with Anne (sorry, no #ghosting pics though).  Interested?  Give us a call. We also had a blast with KU Alum and KC Studio Artist, Ami Ayars, our Second Saturday artist for June.

Looking ahead to July…

We will be closed on July 4th-5th for Independence Day.  We hope you all enjoy a happy and pyrotastic holiday.  We will re-open on Tuesday, July 8th at 9am.  Mark your calendar now to come visit us that following weekend as we will have Sam Holloway here as our featured Second Saturday artist on the 12th.  Watch the blog for information about him coming soon!  Also, be watching our YouTube channel for more fun and informative videos.  We have decided to discontinue our Third Thursday Open Studio night in favor of spending more time putting out videos that ALL of our friends can enjoy, not just the locals. July will also bring three new glazes of the month, so be watching the blog for that information as well!  And of course, there will be some surprise pop-up specials, probably related to the aforementioned Cindy hijinks.

Wonderful Workshops…

Eric Stearns presented a fantastic workshop for us at the beginning of the month.  We even got a few thank you notes from some of the participants!  We’re so happy that everyone had a good time.  Workshops are so much fun, and I assure you, we have as much fun as you all do!  We are working out final details on dates for several upcoming workshops.  We have an absolutely AMAZING lineup of artists planned from now into 2016.  Here’s what we have for the coming year:

Andrew Martin, moldmaking and slipcasting, September 20-21, 2014

Greg Daly, throwing, glazing & lustres, January 14-15

Forrest Middleton & Adam Field (or maybe Adam Field and Forrest Middleton), April 25-26, 2015 (tentatively)

New at Brackers!

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AMACO Mixable Cone 5-6 Celadons have been added to the website. They are luscious and VERY popular! So popular, in fact, that our first stocking order has almost sold out, but don’t worry – we will order more!

We’ve also added some new MKM tools to the website: Big Handrollers and Finger Rollers. Check them out now.  Our annual Spring Sale is ending on June 30th. You only have a few more hours to take advantage of the special prices on  shop.brackers.com, but be on the look-out for special pop-up deals in July.

 

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June at Bracker’s has been a month of Anniversaries, Creativity, and Community. Bill and I would have celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary on June 6th, so I’ve been reminiscing a lot about how important it is to team up and share your creativity with others. We created our best works of art as a team and surrounded within a community of clay people, first in the university setting, then surrounded by the Lawrence Potters’ Guild, and then as a part of the greater Kansas City clay family and even the national clay community through NCECA. We had several events that drove that point home this month. First, our Second Saturday Artist, Ami Ayars, presented an amazing demo on hand building and shared how she combines her love of clay and her love of photography. Our inaugural Artist-In-Residence, Zach Palasz, began working in our studio… he’s already organized the studio and started making test tiles for us. Zach is also using the opportunity to explore new directions with his own artwork, trying different textures and forms. Our Carved In Clay workshop with Eric Stearns was a big hit – every time I walked into the workshop area, participants were hanging on Eric’s every word and soaking up his techniques and tips for carving, glaze application, and raku firing. A couple of weeks later,Chanda Glendinning and Eric Stearns met at Bracker’s to collaborate on several pieces in our studio. Chanda slipcast a few of her unique and unusual forms and Eric pierced them. They will return to continue the collaboration a few more times this summer as their work evolves into a cohesive voice. And the opening reception for the exhibition of the Lawrence Arts Center Artist-In-Resident/Studio Manager, Kyla Strid, was held on the Final Friday just a couple of days ago. Entitled “Waggle Dance,” this show will be up at the Lawrence Arts Center for a month and if you’re in Lawrence, you shouldn’t miss it! Speaking of Anniversaries, there were two more important ones this month. Bracker’s 32nd Anniversary was June 28th (no fancy shindig this year) and Cindy and Dave quietly celebrated their 12th Anniversary on June 22nd. We are so blessed to have such a rich and diverse community of clay at Bracker’s and I can’t end a discussion of creativity without mentioning the two most important and creative works of art Bill and I ever created: our daughters Anne M and Cindy.

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