Held every four years since
Held every four years since 1992, Arrowmont’s Utilitarian Clay Symposium enjoys a national reputation within the ceramics community. Celebrating and appreciating the limitless interpretations of the utilitarian clay object, the Symposium attracts those who are interested in the practical concerns with making functional objects and the more theoretical issues related to the field. The Symposium, limited to only 200 attendees provides an intimate atmosphere for meaningful and on-going dialogue, in-depth conversations, great food and social activities.
Linda Arbuckle · Andy Brayman · Sam Chung · Josh Copus · Chandra Debuse · Adam Field · Giselle Hicks · Meredith Host · Ole Jensen · Kristen Kieffer · Simon Levin · Robbie Lobell · Peter Pincus · Pete Pinnell · Linda Sikora · Shoko Teruyama · Takeshi Yasuda
Derek Au · Rebecca Chappell · Claydies (Karen Kjaeldgaard Larsen & Tine Brokso) · Maggie Finlayson · Hiroe Hanazono · Kenyon Hansen · Todd Hayes · Mike Helke · Mitch Iburg · Erica Iman · Tom Jaszczak · Lydia Johnson · Yoonjee Kwak · Catie Miller · Norleen Nosri · Sean O’Connell · Sean Scott
• Keynote Speaker: Christopher Benfey, author: Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay.
• 40 rotating studio demonstrations/presentations facilitated by the Symposium Presenters. Rotation schedule TBA.
• Two evening panel discussions on relevant pottery topics. Selected and discussed by the Symposium Presenters. TBA.
• Panel Moderator: Sequoia Miller, potter and Art History, PhD candidate, Yale University.
• Historical & Aesthetic Lecture. “Hold it right there: how people and pottery interact.” Pete Pinnell, potter and professor, Department of Art & Art History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
• “Potters Favorite Pots” A round table, informal conversation with all 17 Presenters discussing their “Favorite Pots” brought from home and on exhibit at Arrowmont.
• Exhibitions Opening & Reception. Wednesday, September 21st. 5:30-7:30pm.
• Live Bluegrass music, BBQ and dancing under the stars.
• Symposium participant cup exchange. Optional. Each participant is asked to bring a cup. A system for cup exchange among those participants will be initiated on
Thursday morning before breakfast.
• Presenters Exhibition. 34 works by 17 National Presenters. Blain Gallery.
•Invited Artists Exhibition. 85 works by 17 “Invited Artists.” Blain Gallery.
• Past Presenters Exhibition. Past Symposium Presenters (1992-2012). Drown Gallery.
• Potters Favorite Pots Exhibition. 17 pots. One each from the personal collections of 17 National Presenters. Blain Auditorium Gallery.
• Bill Griffith Retrospect Exhibition. Wolpert Gallery.
Registration is currently full for UCVII. Please call 865-436-5860 to be wait listed.
CHECK IN: Wednesday, September 21st 1-8pm. Arrowmont main building lobby
GALLERY EXHIBITIONS & RECEPTION: 5:30-7:30pm. Complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Sandra J. Blain Galleries.
WELCOME AND KEYNOTE: 8pm. Arrowmont main auditorium.
AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE: Available from Knoxville McGhee-Tyson Airport (TYS). Call Rocky Top Tours (877-315-8687 and ask for Linda) to make your arrival and departure pick up reservations at least two weeks prior to Symposium. Rental cars also available at the airport.
HOUSING AND MEALS: Housing includes Wednesday through Saturday night. All meals included Thursday breakfast through Saturday dinner- dance. No meal service on Sunday. Symposium concludes Saturday evening with dinner, bluegrass music and dancing 6:30-11:30pm.
DEPARTURES: Sunday morning.
CUP EXCHANGE: (OPTIONAL) You are encouraged to bring a clay cup to exchange with other symposium participants. At check-in, each cup will be assigned a number and a system set up for exchanging the cups on Thursday morning at breakfast.
DETAILED SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE: Specific detailed schedules and information packets will be distributed at Check-In on Wednesday.
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21 (Wednesday) - 24 (Saturday)
Arrowmont School of Arts and
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts invites you to Silk Painters International (SPIN)
“Silk in Transition” Festival – October 7-15, 2016 at Arrowmont.
Enjoy classes, lectures, workshops and art exhibits with other fiber artists from across the globe. The conference offers various program packages including week, weekend and workshops only. No SPIN membership required. Housing and meal plans are available.
For more information and to register, visit: www.silkpainters.org/festival.php.
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7 (Friday) - 15 (Saturday)
November 4, 2016 Meet the Artist
November 4, 2016
Meet the Artist – Dinner & Art Auction
Harper Audi, Knoxville, Tennessee
9735 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922
Benefiting Arrowmont’s educational programs, Meet the Artist is a special event featuring art by top regional artists and craftspeople. Be the envy of your friends – enjoy the work and company of great artists and fine food. Take home a glorious painting, exquisite piece of pottery, lovely hand-dyed scarf, or choose a dinner with elegant wines. Other auction items include cases of wine, exciting getaways, events with Arrowmont artists and many other desirable items.
Reception and silent auction begin at 6 pm. Dinner and live auction begin at 7:15 pm.
Reserve a table or purchase individual tickets – $150 per ticket or $1,500 per table. Reservations by table – bring eight guests and enjoy a bottle of champagne and signage at your private table.
Corporate and individual sponsorships are available. Please contact Fran Day by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-436-5860 x32 for more information and tickets.
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All Day (Friday)
November 29, 2016 Enjoy a home-cooked
November 29, 2016
Enjoy a home-cooked meal with family and friends at Arrowmont’s Souper Bowl XIII, November 29, 2016 in the campus dining hall. Participants get to choose an original hand-crafted bowl – yours to keep! Each bowl is designed and crafted by local artists including Arrowmont instructors, students, staff, volunteers and studio and educational assistants. Each bowl is unique in design, size, shape and color and a treasure to add to any collection. Proceeds benefit United Way of Sevier County.
Tickets will be available for purchase starting October 1, 2016.
Call 865-436-5860 for more information or questions.
All Day (Tuesday)
December 10, 2016 Spend time with
December 10, 2016
Spend time with family and friends this holiday season. Holiday workshops are offered in a range of media and result in a finished product you can take home for yourself or give as a gift. Registration opens October 3, 2016.
Plan to attend the Holiday Concert. Tickets will be available for purchase in late October.
2016 Holiday Classes
December 10th | 9am – 3pm | $35
Festive Platters – Richard James
Handbuilding Studio | Adult; Child 13 and up; Adult with child, ages 10 & up
Everyone needs that extra serving platter during the holiday meal, or special cookie platter for Santa. This class can help you obtain one! Through the use of patterned slabs and coil building techniques, students will make hand-built platters to use in the upcoming holidays. Work will be fired and available for pick up the following week.
Hand-printed Holiday Cards – Grant Benoit
Painting Studio | Adult; Child 12 and up; Adult with child, ages 8 & up
Want to have the best holiday card? Hand-printed holiday cards are the answer. Students will carve and print their own holiday images out of soft linoleum for prints. Students will add color using stencils, chine colle, and collage to create the perfect card. Students will also have the opportunity to go low tech with potatoes print gift bags that are sure to be the envy of any Christmas gathering.
Cookie Cutter Wonderland – Maia Leppo
Metals Studio | Adult; Child 12 and up; Adult with child, ages 8 & up
Learn to cut, file, and sand strips of copper for the perfect cookie cutter! Students will learn to bend metal strips, use shape forming tools, how to solder, and add handles. Once we are finished in the metals studio, we will all roll out dough together and then use our new cookie cutters to cut out and bake cookies for everyone to enjoy.
¡Feliz Navidad! – Emily Schubert
Glass Studio | Adult; Child 12 and up; Adult with child ages 8 & up
Turn discarded and overlooked materials into beautiful works of art! Create your very own up-cycled ornaments inspired by Mexican Tin Folk art using match boxes, aluminum cans and pie pans, cut paper, and more. Students will learn about the history of Mexican Tin art and explore multiple designs involving pop up paper cut shadow boxes, metal embossing techniques and lots of color. Students will complete at least one ornament to give as gifts or hang on your tree for all to enjoy.
Hot Chocolate Mugs – Austin Riddle
Pottery Studio | Adult; Child 12 and up; Adult with child, ages 8 & up
This class will focus on basic wheel throwing techniques to create the perfect hot chocolate mug! We will discuss mug theory while exploring different mug shapes and handles, and how they can improve the hot chocolate experience. Students will have a chance to decorate their work with slips and glazes before they are fired in a kiln. Work will be available for pick up the following week.
Rolling Pin Express – Heather Ashworth
Woodturning Studio | Adult; Adult with child 13 and up
Look out kids, the Rolling Pin Express is coming to town! Hop on board to turn your own cookie rolling pin. Once rolling pins are finished, we will move on down to the kitchen where we’ll put our pins to good use rolling out cookie dough for some afternoon snacks.
Embroidered Boughs and Bows – Nick DeFord
Fibers Studio | Adult; Child 12 and up: limit 15 students
This class will introduce several basic embroidery stitches so that students will be able to stitch a small representation of their favorite holiday sprig of holly, mistletoe, or decorative bow. The embroidery will be created in small hoops that can immediately be hung for decking halls or decorating pines.
Sew a Stocking – Kelly Hider
Textiles Studio | Child 10 and up; Adult with child ages 7 & up
In this class, students will learn how to make their own fabric holiday stocking. After choosing from a selection of holiday-themed fabric, students will add trim, a hanging hook, and sparkly accents! Basic sewing machine skills will be taught, including how to thread the machine, how to wind a bobbin, and a basic stitch. Each student will be allowed to make up to two stockings
Deck the Halls – John Allen
Drawing Studio | Adults; Child 14 and up; and Adult with child 10 and up
Create your own unique holiday wreath or other holiday decoration using a zen-doodle inspired pattern! Utilizing pre-cut forms of thin wood, students will focus on surface decoration resulting in low relief decorative objects. Students will have the opportunity to create holiday themed items on paper using the same patterning method sure to bring that extra festive flare to your home for the season.
Woodturning: Elegant Ornaments – Dave Hankey
Woodworking Studio | Adult; Child 13 and up
Starting with the basics of safety, students will create simple but elegant forms on the mini lathe. We will have fun making lots of wood shavings while you learn the basics of woodturning and finish with an elegant ornament.
(Saturday) 1:00 am - 1:00 am