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Buckminister Fuller Design Challange

Rice @ March 5, 2015
Submit your innovative idea to solve humanity's most pressing challenge. Winner is awarded $100,000. Due March 31


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. 
Winning the Fuller Challenge requires more than a stand-alone idea or innovation that focuses on one aspect of a system failure. BFI looks for holistic strategies that demonstrate a clear grasp of big-picture dynamics. If a proposal emphasizes a new design, material, process, service, tool or technology, it is essential that it be part of an integrated strategy that simultaneously addresses key social, environmental and economic factors.
BFI seeks initiatives that tackle urgent needs at a range of scales: from macro-strategies that have the potential for widespread impact, to local, community-based initiatives with global relevance and replicability. Proposals at any stage of development will be reviewed; non-profit, for-profit and hybrid initiatives are all eligible. 

From the US to Hungary, to China, and Back Again

kcaiceramicsdept @ March 1, 2015
Jacob Meudt, Photo Courtesy of Jacob Meudt

Jacob Meudt, Photo Courtesy of Jacob Meudt

Jacob Meudt, a student in ceramics at KCAI, began a trip abroad last summer with George Timock and seven other students. Little did he know that this study abroad trip would expand from a 36 day endeavor to a six (?) month adventure across the eastern world. While on the annual trip to the International Ceramics Studio (ICS) in Kecskemet, Hungary, Jacob was able to meet and spend time with the renowned porcelain artist, Ilona Romule. Ilsona works at the ICS each summer to create molds and work with the famous Hungarian porcelain. Jacob was invited to join her at a 2 month residency at Gaochun Ceramics in Nanjing City, China. A great opportunity, Jacob agreed, and they left Hungary a month before the residency to travel other areas of China. Starting in Beijing, they visited many monuments, museums, and ceramic villages. They stopped in Jingdezhen, where Paul Donnelly has planned his faculty led study abroad trip with Jan Kennedy, and saw the Clay Studio and Kiln museum, as well as a community outside the city using kaolin they mined and pounded out themselves. After the residency, the pair traveled down to southeast Asia, through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand, before returning to China and, for Jacob, back home to the US. Jacob recalled many of the amazing experiences he had throughout the trip: He mentioned that one of the biggest inspirations he found for his work was in the caves in Vietnam, and was amazed at the different techniques used in China to create ceramic and porcelain works. Explaining the vast amount of educational experiences, he stated that anyone who has the chance to explore a new culture should take it and run with it. You never know what an adventure might yield in terms of influence, inspiration, and life altering experiences.

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Meudt

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Meudt

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Meudt

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Meudt

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Meudt

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Meudt

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Meudt

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Meudt

Jacob Meudt, Photo Courtesy of Jacob Meudt

Jacob Meudt, Photo Courtesy of Jacob Meudt

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Meudt

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Meudt

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Meudt

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Meudt


Visiting Artist: The Clemo Demo

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Recently, the ceramics department welcomed another guest: ceramic artist A. Blair Clemo. His work is made with a combination of wheel thrown and press molded elements, which speak to the utilitarian use of ceramics, its history, and questions the value of hand made works versus industrialized serial production.

"Equelle," A. Blair Clemo, image from  www.ablairclemo.com

“Equelle,” A. Blair Clemo, image from http://www.ablairclemo.com

"Teapot," A. Blair Clemo, image from  www.ablairclemo.com

“Teapot,” A. Blair Clemo, image from http://www.ablairclemo.com

Blair visited the department on Thursday, February 19th, for an inspiring round of critiques with a selection of junior and senior student. Friday morning the department enjoyed an informational demo from Blair about how he makes his work. He produced two jars, a teapot, and a cup in just over three hours! After the studio’s lunch break, Blair gave a presentation about his practice, current work, and recent travels to students and local professionals: ending his visit with a fantastic question and answer session that left us all ready to jump into our work head on!

A. Blair Clemo, Photo courtesy of Jacob Meudt

A. Blair Clemo, Photo courtesy of Jacob Meudt

A. Blair Clemo, Photo courtesy of Jacob Meudt

A. Blair Clemo, Photo courtesy of Jacob Meudt

A. Blair Clemo, Photo courtesy of Jacob Meudt

A. Blair Clemo, Photo courtesy of Jacob Meudt

A. Blair Clemo, Photo courtesy of Jacob Meudt

A. Blair Clemo, Photo courtesy of Jacob Meudt


Senior Presentations: Margaret Kinkeade

kcaiceramicsdept @ February 17, 2015
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Margaret Kinkeade, Photo from http://www.margaretkinkeade.com

Its the spring semester again, and seniors are preparing to give the annual presentations over their work from their time here at KCAI. This year we have the pleasure of welcoming Margaret Kinkeade to assist the seniors with their preparation. Margaret received her BFA  in printmaking from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK, and recently received her MFA in ceramics from Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA. Her work contains, “impressions of time, trace, and memory explored through the use of clay and the object as vessel,” and as a maker she uses clay, “which has a memory all its own, to create objects that while referencing everyday objects are imbued with specific memories that live within each of us.” (Quote from Margaret’s Artist statement, found on http://www.margaretkinkeade.com/#!about/c66t). She has already begun her work with the seniors, who will be giving their presentations on March 11th and March 13th. Here’s good luck to these hard working students, and many thanks to Margaret for seeing them through this project!


Lauren Mabry: Passages

kcaiceramicsdept @ February 10, 2015
Lauren Mabry, photo from laurenmabry.com

Lauren Mabry, photo from laurenmabry.com

Lauren Mabry, alumni of KCAI ceramics and recipient of an MFA from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, was in town the weekend of the 6th for her show opening at the Belger Crane Yard Gallery entitled “Passages.” Currently working and living in Philadelphia, PA, as a long term resident artist at The Clay Studio, her work is very process oriented. The cylindrical and curved forms she creates act as canvases for her abstract glaze paintings. Her glazes flow and undulate in a seductive dance across the forms, while traces of the processes provide a tension between beauty and grime. She lectured here at KCAI on the 6th, passing on her experiences with current KCAI ceramics majors. That evening her show opened with an excellent turnout, and even more excellent work. Thank you Lauren!

Lauren Mabry at work glazing a piece, photo from laurenmabry.com

Lauren Mabry at work glazing a piece, photo from laurenmabry.com

“Spilling Pipe,” Lauren Mabry, 2014, photo from www.kcai.edu

“Spilling Pipe,” Lauren Mabry, 2014, photo from http://www.kcai.edu


Casey Whittier

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Casey Whittier, photo from LUXcenter.org

Casey Whittier, photo from LUXcenter.org

 

While Cary Esser, professor and chair of ceramics, is on her sabbatical at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena Montana, we have the pleasure of welcoming back Casey Whittier as her sabbatical replacement! Casey graduated from KCAI in 2008 with her BFA and a concentration in ceramics, and in 2011 received her MFA in ceramics at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. She has exhibited work at venues such as the LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, NE, as well as the Vulpes Bastille and the Belger Arts Center here in Kansas City, MO. In the fall semester she had joined us as an adjunct professor, teaching a course entitled This is Place (more information on this course in this post:  ), and has performed as and adjunct at many other institutions. Her work “explores the intersections between nature and imagination, desire and destruction and the overriding issue of mortality. Through intimate sculptures and large-scale installations, her work often addresses issues of scale and space in relationship to the human body,” (quote from http://www.kcai.edu). We are lucky to have her working with students from the junior and senior classes this spring.

Casey Whittier, Reflecting Pools 2014 Porcelain daisies, mirrored plexi, monofilament, music wire, paint 8 ft x 2 ft x 3 ft; photo from www.caseywhitier.com

Casey Whittier, Reflecting Pools
2014
Porcelain daisies, mirrored plexi, monofilament, music wire, paint
8 ft x 2 ft x 3 ft; photo from http://www.caseywhitier.com


Welcome back!

kcaiceramicsdept @ February 3, 2015
2015_seniors

Senior class of 2014-2015, photo by Mo Dickens

The weather is still cold, but winter break is over and the ceramics department here at KCAI is back in swing! Seniors are preparing to finish strong with the 2015 BFA exhibition at H&R Block Space and 2015 Spring Exhibition for the department. George Timock is back from sabbatical and Cary Esser is now enjoying her’s, working up at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. George Timock is serving as the department chair in her absence. Be sure to keep up with us as we finish out another productive year here at KCAI!


The Mutt Mood Elevator

calderkamin @ January 23, 2015

muttmood copy


The Mutt Mood Elevator

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muttmood copy



Designer needed for spring project at UMKC

Laura Berman @ January 13, 2015

 Contact information: 
 
 Caleb Owen
 Bloch Executive Education @ UMKC
 5108 Cherry Street 
 BEH 417 
 Kansas City, MO 64110
 816-235-2892

 Email: owencj@umkc.edu
    
 Website: umkc.edu/executive


Project Description:
 
We're working with a group of executives from a local corporation and they will be putting together a document that will look a lot like a magazine. We will convert their submissions to a digital magazine format, but we'd like to provide each team some time with a graphic designer to help with visual design, charts, layout, and display suggestions.
 
There are 4 teams to work with. Time commitment would be 2 hours meeting with the team, followed by 1 hour of offsite design work, totaling 3 hours for each team.
 
Compensation for the 12 hour project is $800-$1200 dependent on experience and skills.
 

To Apply:
   
If interested, please contact Caleb Owen at 816-235-2892 or owencj@umkc.edu
 
Please send examples of previous projects to owencj@umkc.edu.
 
Desired dimensions: 8.5 x 11 magazine format
On-line application website or link: Contact owencj@umkc.edu

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