Hong-Ling Wee Visits East Carolina University

Monday and Tuesday of this week the East Carolina University Ceramics guild, with assistance from the Belk Chair, hosted visiting artist Hong-Ling Wee. Hong-Ling is a native of Singapore who, after earning a Ph.D in Geography, is a full time ceramic artist in New York City. She splits her time between the US and Asia, and has been exhibited worldwide. Much of her work deals with the longing for home. You can find more information about her accolades at her website: http://www.ceramicus.com/artist/biography.html





The workshop was very well attended and the students learned a lot from Hong-Ling. You can see more of Hong-Ling’s work at:


Thanks to Hong-Ling for a great workshop!

On a side note, it bears mentioning that on this day in 1998, the Coen Brothers released the cult classic ‘The Big Lebowski’. Be sure to sip on some Caucasians if you get the chance! The Dude abides.


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Mug Sale & 100 Piece Show

Hi guys! We have a few big events coming up!

First is the 100 Piece show, featuring slipcast ceramics from the BFA Ceramics students. Each student made cast 100 of the same object for presentation in the show! The participants -

Chris Cardone:


Sara Caropreso:


Nancy Ceja Herrera:


Blake Darden:


Kylie Downie:


Cortney McLaughlin:


Great work, guys!

In other news, our annual Mug Sale is coming up in two weeks! If you’re in the area please come stop by and buy a great mug! Free coffee or tea with purchase! 8am-3pm at the Jenkins Fine Arts Center! We accept cash, check or credit!

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New Donation from Dwight Holland




We recently received a new set of pots from Dwight Holland. Very excited to get these catalogued and available for the students!

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Mug Sale Coming Up!

Please join us for our annual Mug Sale Wednesday March 6th 9am-3pm in Jenkins Fine Art Building Lobby.  Free coffee, tea, or hot cocoa with every purchase!



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Carrie Longley and Autumn Brown visit ECU During Metals Symposium

During last week’s ECU Metal Symposium artists Carrie Longley and Autumn Brown shared their techniques for combining clay and metal.

Longley, Dissection and Hollowing of Forms

Carrie Longley demonstrated her use of China Paints, slip, trailing, carving and press molding.

Carrie is currently an Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Indiana University East, and holds a BA in Studio Art from Wittenberg University, and an MFA from Indiana University.  Her work investigates the relationship between the art object and scientific specimen, celebrating the space between illusion and reality.

In the workshop, Carrie used a solid chunk of Cone 6 stoneware to hand-build her forms.  She added the basic textural or structural surface then dissected the piece by hollowing it out.  After bisque firing she performs a series of glaze firings, beginning with a satin translucent green covering the entire piece.  Finally, china paints are used to create the effect of bruising, and layers of washes are used to emphasize textures.

Brown, Soldering Copper Setting

Autumn Brown demonstrated how she creates porcelain tiles and places them in a copper setting to make broaches, necklaces, and sculptural objects.

Autumn holds a BFA in Metalsmithing from the University of Georgia and received her MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University.  Currently she teaches Metalsmithing and Design at Pitt Community College and helps run a studio space called Dirty LAM in downtown Greenville, NC.

Autumn uses Cone 6 oxidation porcelain to carve and press-mold channels for melting enamels and various metals.  She fires the porcelain with the metal in an enameling kiln at 1500-1535 degrees F for approximately 10 minutes.  The decorative porcelain pieces are then set into constructed metal frames with clutching prongs that hold the porcelain into the metal backing.

For more images of these workshops click the album below:

ECU Metals Symposium: Carrie Longley and Autumn Brown
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Senior Shows: Daniel Kennington and Jessica Barrett

Graduating Seniors Daniel Kennington and Jessica Barrett installed their senior exhibits at the Greenville Museum of Art this month.  Their mixture of functional and sculptural ceramic work carried a theme of mapping and recording both manmade and natural landscapes.  The result is a combination of carefully carved lines and irregular wavelike patterns that work together as a delightful melding of the organic and the rigid.

Daniel Kennington takes inspiration from his travels and the innumerable memories generated along the way.  Kennington maps his excursions by drawing topographical maps on the surface of his pieces as a way of permanently recording each journey.

Jessica Barrett’s work displays representations derived from large patterns that emerge after layers of the earth’s surface are worn away by erosion.  Barret describes her work as “abstracted environmental art, grounded in pleasure and aesthetics”.

For more photo’s of this event click the album below.

Senior Shows
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Wood Firing at Blue Hen Pottery in Seagrove, NC

Guild members traveled to Seagrove last week to fire the wood kiln at Blue Hen Pottery.  The kiln was built last year with the help of guild members (Click here to see photos), at the home and studio of ECU MFA Alumni Anne Pärtna.  Anne invited guild members back to fire the kiln, camp out, and share good food and a few laughs.

While in Seagrove, the group took a trip to Seagrove potter Daniel Johnson’s studio.  Daniel showed some works in progress and talked about his processes and the challenges of running a pottery studio.


To see more photos of the firing and Daniel Johnston’s studio click the album below.

Seagrove Nov 2012
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