Bracker’s is excited that Ryan LaBar will be one of our three presenters for our Pre-NCECA workshop, “it could be anything”  The title of this workshop came of a joint discussion between Ryan and co-presenters, Linda Lopez and Peter Pincus.  One thrower, one slipcaster, one handbuilder….”what will this workshop BE,” they discussed….the answer, though simplistic, was true…

it could be anything

…and so it shall be, and whatever that is, you won’t want to miss it.  Conversations between the three artists continue as they plan their approach to this workshop.  Each will demonstrate their own methods, but all three will combine to collaborate on a piece.  Throughout the two day workshop, there will be conversations about MAKERS who inspire them, MENTORS who influenced them, and MILESTONES they’ve had along the way.  This workshop on March 13-14 will be the perfect preparation for the 50th anniversary NCECA conference, “Makers, Mentors & Milestones.”


Today, we take this opportunity to introduce you to Ryan LaBar.  His work appeared on the cover of NCECA’s 2014 Invitational, “Flow”, Catalog, and his piece, Mihaly’s Drift was featured in that show.  For that publication, Ryan wrote:

Working with clay, I fabricate individual and wheel thrown elements.  These, together with other clay parts, are carefully stacked on top of each other to compose a layered and woved structures.  Each element counterbalances the position of another.  These precarious constructs are placed in a kiln, and the heat of the kiln melts and moves the clay and glaze.  The clay parts deform as the material softens.  Tensions are released, causing the system to undergo a domino effect best described as a cascading failure where the failure of one part triggers the failure of successive parts.  As the firing progresses, the movement quiets and the system of parts reaches equilibrium and become a singular and rested whole.  The captured movement of the clay creates a composition of visual fluidity.  I shift the melted direction of the pieces by turning them on their side or mounting them on the wall.  The result creates a visual impact of suspended motion, where clay parts seem frozen in time.  I created an installation of a wall and floor piece that visually interlock, creating a cascading flow off the wall and onto the floor; a cornucopia of twisted and melted porcelain elements spewing forth into space.

Now check out the making of this amazing piece in a quick slideshow culled from Ryan’s website:

Ryan LaBar grew up in Great Falls, Montana.  He received a degree in Biology and Art from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.  He has worked as a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, the LH Project, California State University-Long Beach, and Caldera Arts Center.  He has participated in several international residencies including residencies in China, Bali and Poland.  He has spent time at the Kohler Factory in Wisconsin and MEISSEN Manufactory in Germany.  Ryan received his MFA at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and was the topic of NET Television’s Nebraska Story.  For four years, he served as the program director of the LH Project in Joseph, Oregon.  Currently he is working in at the NEW Jingdezhen Taoxichuan International Art Studio

Click here to sign up for this workshop now.

Stay tuned to our website to learn about Linda and Peter in the coming weeks!  Still want to know more about Ryan?  We don’t blame you!  Check out this fabulous article recently written about him, and get a glimpse into his studio and life!  Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll see:

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