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Utilitarian Clay VII: Celebrate the Object National Symposium

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.

Attendee Information

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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