At NCECA Kelly moderated a panel on a collaborative project coordinated by the Northern Clay Center.  Six artists (Margaret Bohls, Sam Chung, Deborah Schwartzkopf, Andrew Martin, Maren Kloppmann, and Andy Brayman) that worked in cone 10 porcelain created a series of works, shipped them off to the other artists, and glazed the other artists’ pieces.  The project is based on the exquisite corpse idea that originated with those goofy cats the Surrealists.

Our NCECA group trekked out to the Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, NJ to see the second iteration of the exhibit.  It was wonderful.  The artists collaborated so beautifully and responded so exceptionally to the other artists’ forms, applying their style in response to someone else’s object.  It was so interesting to see a spread of the same form glazed in vastly different ways.  Many of the artists’ styles are easily identifiable, and it was fun to go through the show and track different artists’ approaches.  It was also great to hear the artists’ thoughts about collaboration.  Andrew Martin glazed one of Margaret Bohls’ pots, which was so jarring because their styles are radically different.  She initially hated it, but eventually it grew on her and became one of her favorite pieces.   We also had the opportunity to talk to the artists, which was definitely the best part.  They were all super nice.  At first most of us were too timid to talk to them (it felt like approaching a celebrity), but Kelly introduced us and then there was no stopping us.  Being eager ceramics students, we had a lot of questions about construction and glazing.  We could ask Kelly or make guesses of our own, but nothing compares to being able to approach an artist and ask them about their process.   Visiting this exhibit was a really wonderful experience in so many ways.   It was also my first time in New Jersey, which is cool too.

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