Thursday, August 27, 2015

8030 Update

Stefanie Anderson
Images from ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Center's "8030: remembering 22 veterans lives lost every day" will be included in the 8030 Project's installation at the Hennepin County Government Center in Downtown Minneapolis from September 4- October 27.

More information can be found on the Forecast Public Art blog:

To those who may be interested in participating: the open call is on going. More information can be found on the 8030 Project website.

Eric Oslos

Thursday, July 9, 2015

"An Age Discovered" by Resident Artist Charles Huth

Join us on Friday, 10, for Resident Artist Charles Huth's Artist Reception from 6 - 9 pm in the ClaySpace Gallery. "An Age Discovered" displays the eclectic sculpture of the artist. Featuring a collection of "modern day artifacts" that explore myth, culture and nature from various perspectives. You don't want to miss it! The exhibition will be in the ClaySpace Gallery until July 31. Don't miss it!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Peg Speciale

Peg Speciale

In honor of those who sacrificed the quality of their life for those of us who love on and have our freedoms. The figure on top of the piece is intended to resemble a cross.

Pauline Ares

Pauline Ares


Pauline Ares

Looking out of my back window, I see a pile of bricks. They were purchased a couple of years ago for the purpose of forming a garden border on the side of the garage. Rose bushes would follow a painted trellis while brightly colored petunias would peek over the edge to greet the lawn then something happened. The foundation of the garage became unsettled, and it started to lean. Much structural work needs to be done before the bricks can fit in their place.  Such are lives affected by war. They want to fulfill their purpose, but their foundation is shaken, and they wait to fit in.  Some become weary of the wait, and never see the beautiful garden

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mixed Media Artist Sally Monkus

More Than a Number

Mixed Media Artist and ClaySpace Student Sally Monkus has two pieces in the "8030: remembering 22 veterans lost every day" exhibition in the ClaySpace Gallery until May 30. All proceeds from "8030" will be donated to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, a 501(c03 nonprofit organization, founded by Vietnam War veteran Bob Adams and Gulf War veteran Dirk Enger. It is located in Wheaton. Sally's pieces are still available for purchase.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

"Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" by Susan Borghesi

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Susan Borghesi

"The awareness of the daily military losses through suicide is alarming and emotionally upsetting but presents a powerful call to action. I am grateful to be considered a participant in this worthy endeavor to make the public aware of this devastating daily static.

Ten year ago, I walked on the Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, and was struck by the tremendous losses that occurred on that beach and others along the Normandy coast on D-Day 1944. The sounds and waves were quiet and peaceful but strewn everywhere were deep blue mussel shells washed upon the shore. This setting struck an emotional cord within me of the events that took place that day 70 years ago. And the mussel shells reminded me of the countless losses incurred that day. I came home with a pronounced understanding of war and its effects.

My sculpture piece for the 8030 Project is representative of a “wave” of loss. Twenty-two clay shell impressions are imbedded in the clay wave to represent yesterdays losses and twenty-two cast clay shells are attached to the lower section of the wave to represent today’s losses and twenty-two collected shells including mussel shells from Normandy, France, positioned on the sand are representative of the twenty-two losses predicted for tomorrow."

In the ClaySpace Gallery as part of the exhibition "8030: remembering 22 veterans lost every day." In our gallery for the month of May. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

"Surviving Peace"

In cooperation with the Lisle Library and ClaySpace's "8030: Remembering 22 Veterans Lost Each Day" exhibition, the Lisle Library is screening the documentary "Surviving the Peace" at 2:00. A reception in the ClaySpace Gallery will follow from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. You can also meet the filmmaker Mara Pelecis.

About the Documentary:

In 202, Vietnam Veteran Andy Pelecis took his own life. Seeking to understand her father and how things could have been different, filmmaker Mara Pelecis, meets with veterans from all walks of life: Rolling Thunder bikers, Vets for Peace, National Guard members and Native Americans. On this journey, she unearths the elusive layers of her father's post-war inner work and discovers how others "survived the peace."

The family story reveals the most personal perspectives of life after war. These include Andy’s Bolex films, slides with handwritten notes, and love letters to his wife, written in Vietnam. They also include Mara’s video and audio recordings of the family dating back to 1993. These elements become key in hearing process with Veterans Affairs, ongoing throughout the film.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Mug Monday- Eric Oslos

 It's Mug Monday! Today's clever mug was created by intern Eric Oslos. Eric joined us in January. We love having interns! They bring wonderful energy and ideas into our space and they give us another opportunity to share. If you or someone you know would like to be considered for an internship, please check out our website for more details! Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Philanthropic Donation For Empty Bowls

On March 25, ClaySpace was awarded a philanthropic donation by the Naperville Woman's Club. We will be working with them again with our annual Empty Bowls charity event to be held July 11 & 12 at Naper Settlement to help prevent hunger. Thank you Naperville Woman's Club.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mug Monday- Nancy Gorman

It's Mug Monday! There is nothing like drinking your favorite hot beverage from a handmade mug. Today's mug was made by Resident Artist and our Sales and Events Director. Her show "Chapter 6: Latest in a Life Story" is in our Gallery until the end of the month. Don't miss it or your chance to see other wonderful mugs and artful creations by our other Resident Artists.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"Chapter 6: Latest Work in a Life Story"

"Chapter 6: Latest Work in a Life Story" by Nancy Gorman Opening this Friday, March 6 from 7 - 9 pm (First Friday) with an Artist's Reception on Sunday, March 8 from 1 to 4 pm in the ClaySpace Gallery, 740 Front St., Lisle, IL. Her show will be in our Gallery all month. Don't miss it!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Mug Monday- Ben Schulte

It's Mug Monday! Today's mug was created by Resident Artist Ben Schulte. Ben became a member of the ClaySpace family in October 2009. While he got a new job and had to move that causes him to be in the studio less, he still maintains his commitment to ClaySpace. We think this says a lot. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Call for Entry: "8030: remembering 22 veterans lost each day"

8030: remembering 22 veterans lost each day

May 1- 30, 2014

ClaySpace Gallery

There but for Fortune by Frank Leonard

ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Center invites you to apply to participate in a compelling event to generate awareness of veteran suicide. Artists are asked to create memorials of 22 objects that you feel represents the 22 lives lost every day. This exhibition was inspired by and is being conducted in collaboration with the “8030 Project.”  Photographs and artist statements of accepted work will also be included in the “8030 Project.

Deadline for entry is April 15, 2015.

For more details, Prospectus and Entry Form.

Questions, contact

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mad About Plaid Workshop

Don't miss our "Mad About Plaid Workshop"
You'll go mad for your plaid! Learn how fun and easy fusing glass can be. The basics of using glass tools to cut different types of glass, arranging it to create a pattern that will be fired in a kiln will be covered. You will make a 6" by 6" piece of glass with pattern, color, and dimension. Your plaid glass will then be slumped to create a functional vessel or a piece that can be displayed in a stand or frame. Your creation can be picked up 7 to 10 days after the class. For adults and high school students. 
Cost is $30 plus $20 for materials and happens this Saturday, February 21, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm with "fun and acknowledgeable" instructor Irene Boutzarelos.

You can register online, by phone (630.393.2529) or in person.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Mug Monday- Sue Komarynski

 It's Mug Monday! Today's incredibly light mug was created by Sue Komarynsky. Sue became a part of the ClaySpace family in October 2014. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mug Monday: Karen Musgrave

Yes, we know it isn't Monday but sometimes life gets in the way. This mug was created by Resident Artist and Marketing Director Karen Musgrave. Karen's focus is on sculpture and her mug reflects her recent focus on the sea. She became a part of the ClaySpace family in June 2013. Enjoy!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mug Monday: Peg Speciale

It's Mug Monday! Today's mugs were created by Resident Artist and Board Secretary Peg Speciale. Peg became a part of the ClaySpace family in July 2012. She keeps telling us that the mugs don't really reflect her style and she is working on a mug that does. However, we think the mugs definitely express her generous spirit. Enjoy!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Mug Monday: Don Metz

It's Mug Monday. Today's mug was created by Resident Artist Don Metz. Don joined the ClaySpace family in November 2013. He is on the operations committee and is the master of the Rug Doctor we use to clean the floors. Mostly a hand builder, Don loves to make teapots. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

New Instructor and New Workshop

New Instructor! New Workshop!
patterened pendant 3

Saturday January 31, 9 am – noon
Learn the fun and interesting basics of how to work with fine silver clay or like precious metal clay (PMC). It starts out like clay and ends up as pure, fine silver hanging around your neck.  You will learn the techniques and properties of fine metal clay while creating a pretty patterned pendant that you will wear home that day.  For adults and high school students.
Instructor:  Irene Boutzarelos
Cost is $30 plus $20 for materials.

Only 6 students so sign up now!

IreneBoutzarelosWe are truly excited to have Irene as our newest instructor. Irene retired from heading the Art Department at Addison Trail High School in 2007. Fused glass and silver clay art has been her choice for creating for several years and taught classes in her home.  In February, 2014 she taught a glass fusing class to children at the DuPage Children’s Museum. 

Irene will be teaching two fused glass workshops in February. "Peek-a-Boo" dish sample shown (above).