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The semester is flying by, and in less than a week seniors from all over campus at KCAI will be celebrating the Annual BFA Exhibition for KCAI Graduates at H&R Block space. The ceramics department alone will have 16 students exhibiting their work! The show opens April 17th, with the closing reception on May 15th. Check in for more updates on the seniors and their progress as this, and the end of semester show, moves ever closer!
In addition to the BFA show, we are delighted to announce that the 2015 Kansas City Artist Coalition Undergraduate Exhibition will be featuring six students from KCAI this year: Jose Serrano and Dia Saunders, from the ceramics department, as well as Paige Beltowski, Rosie Ruzicka, Anna Minnick, and Aneesa Shami. The Student Exhibition includes currently enrolled undergraduate college students in Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas, and welcomed Sonié Joi Ruffin as this year’s juror. On the night of the opening–this Friday, April 10th–recipient(s) of The Leigh Rosenberg Earnest Memorial Fund will be announced and a total of $500 in scholarship/s will be awarded. The show will remain open until April 24th, and is housed at 201 Wyandotte St, Kansas City, MO.
Here’s hoping that many of you can join us for these amazing events to support our KCAI community!
The Digital Design and Fabrication elective is a course offered in recent semesters in the ceramics department. The class, taught by Jo Kamm with Taylor Baker as a studio technician, provides students with the skills necessary to create prototypes via digital fabrication software and transfer them into finished pieces. 3D printers, located in a newly revitalized area of the ceramics building, allow students to print forms directly from their 3D designs on the computer. The printers utilize a thermoplastic filament that is heated and extruded layer by layer in small beads that harden instantly to create the objects (kind of like hollow building!). Below are a few shots of the class’ recently completed project. “The assignment asked students to create a ‘connector’ to turn found objects into modular structures.”
Paul Donnelly, assistant professor in ceramics, recently worked with CeramicArtsDaily.org to create a video detailing various forming methods geared towards the creation of beautiful, functional ceramic works. CeramicsArtDaily.org is an online community serving the interests of ceramic artists, potters and sculptors, worldwide. They are dedicated to the vital sharing of information necessary for both innovation in the field, and preservation of knowledge that has been passed down from teacher to student, artist to artist, for generations. Paul Donnelly’s video, Designing for Function, is the most recent in the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents series, which details methods used by specific artists in their studio practices. Designing for Function follows Paul’s processes in relationship to his work, detailing his methods with wheel throwing, handbuilding, and using variable molds. Below is an excerpt from the video, in which Paul explains and demonstrates the process of trimming: providing helpful technical advice while discussing design possibilities.
More information and access to Paul’s video can be found here: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/bookstore/designing-for-function-with-paul-donnelly/
Other artists featured in these videos include A. Blaire Clemo, Lisa Orr, and fellow Kansas City ceramist, Meredith Host.
Each year, The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) invites citizens from all over the world—including artists, scientists, students, designers, architects, activists, planners and entrepreneurs—to submit their innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy.
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