Restore Scott Fountain

As part of our Garden Party festivities, We are hosting The Belle Isle Conservancy for their ‘3rd Annual Party to Restore the Pewabic Tile in Scott Fountain’. The President of the Belle Isle Conservancy Michele Hodges is guest blogging to share party details.

Michele HodgesThe Belle Isle Conservancy’s mission is to protect, preserve, restore and enhance the natural environment, historic structures and unique character of Belle Isle as a public park for the enjoyment of all – now and forever.

Belle Isle is a Frederick Law Olmsted masterpiece, with multiple architectural jewels upon it, one of the most identifiable being the Scott Fountain, which was once adorned with lovely Pewabic tile. Over time, the tiles were destroyed, and the Conservancy is thrilled to partner with Pewabic Pottery in returning the fountain to its original splendor.


A Magical Transformation

Every year Pewabic’s non-descript, paved parking lot is magically transformed into a ceramic art lover’s dream, otherwise known as Garden Party. Although the transformation appears effortless to our guests, the party is a successful fundraiser because of the collaborative efforts of staff, trustees, vendors and event sponsors.

From newly designed giftware and vignettes for the home to live demonstrations and hands-on youth workshops, Garden Party is a complete picture of all that Pewabic offers the community. Creativity is the name of the game, and we weave it into every aspect of the event.


Artists Visit Pewabic

As an artist, it is always special when you are able to work with fellow artists that you admire. It is even more special as an educator to share with others your appreciation for a particular artist. As the manager of education at Pewabic, I have started Pewabic’s very own “Visiting Artist Series” to highlight working artists making significant contributions with their practice.

The artists in this series were chosen because of their fresh approaches to clay. They include Emily Duke, College For Creative Studies (CCS) graduate and Ceramic Monthly’s 2013 Emerging Artist; Israel Davis, assistant professor of Sculptural and Functional art at Kendall college; and Nathan Tonning, Oxbow resident artist, CCS adjunct and graduate of University of Montana. Each will teach a two-day workshop to share their knowledge of ceramics and personal approach to the craft.


Collaborating with an Icon

One of the country’s most sought after event producers, David Stark, has partnered with Pewabic to create a one-of-a-kind dinnerware plate for Culture Lab Detroit. David is joining us as a guest blogger for this week’s post to share news of his partnership with Culture Lab Detroit and experience working with Pewabic. Enjoy!

I am very excited to be coming to Detroit this week for an action packed tour of this fabulous city thanks to Culture Lab Detroit. As a catalyst for conversations and collaborations between Detroit’s artists, designers, technologists and the larger design world, Culture Lab Detroit is hosting a lecture on Thursday, April 18th, at the College for Creative Studies, and I will be speaking along with a panel of design and business leaders. The event is free and all are welcome. I hope you’ll come!


Joe Zajac Exhibit

As part of the Pewabic mission, we deliver a yearly rotation of exhibitions featuring contemporary ceramic art. On Friday, March 29, we open our second exhibition of the 2013 season with Joe Zajac: New Work featuring Zajac’s most recent body of ceramic pieces. Zajac is one of Michigan’s premiere ceramic artists. His newest work is a collection of flat, tile-like ceramics that can be compared to the paintings of contemporary artists whose major concerns are abstraction and expression. The bright color and sometimes complex patterns on the flat clay surfaces are further enlivened by the attraction of a shiny ceramic glaze. The surfaces evoke the automobile, in their perfection of surface, as well as the flash of contemporary fashion jewelry, and color-block clothing.