Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Time to make some lids everyone!  I'll walk you through all the ins and outs of lid making, but you'll notice one thing for sure .. just like everything else in ceramics, lids take practice, lots of practice.

Here's a really nice video on making lids by Adam Field.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

That's it for now.  See you in the studio!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

David Katz - Visiting Artist Workshop

The David Katz workshop at IUS Ceramics is just around the corner, so make sure it's on your calendars!

Lecture: 11am on Monday, Jan. 27th.
SpaceLab opening: 5pm on Thursday, Jan. 30th.

He will be creating a site specific installation all week in the SpaceLab - all are welcome, so stop by and check it out!

More about his work can be found on his website:

See you there!

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Some of you were asking about decals the other day.  We talked about it in class a bit, but I just thought I'd add the links to those companies we talked about. 

Here's Little Chair Printing ..


And here's In Plain Sight Art ..


That's it for now.
See you in the studio
Prof. Brian

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

1 Second Everyday!

Hi Everyone -

Some of you were wondering about that project I talked about in class the other day called 1 Second Everyday.  Here's the short promo video on the project ..

You can find out more about Cesar Kuriyama, the guy who developed this idea, here: 

Find it on the iTunes store here
And on Google Play here

It's a really inspiring story, so check it out.  I know it's changed the way I think about the small moments in my daily life.

What if YOU could remember something from everyday of your life?

See you in the studio!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Welcome to CERAMICS!!!


I know what you're thinking .. "Ceramics class is going to be amazing."

You're right!

It's going to be a lot of hard work and there may be a few mishaps along the way - after all, there are NO guarantees in ceramics.  But, if we work to learn something EACH and EVERY day, we'll make some great art in the ceramics studio.

So, for now, take some time and peruse (at your leisure of course) through some of the links, videos, and other content on this blog!

AND .. if you stick with it, after many many years, you might be able to throw pots like Forrest Lesch-Middleton!!

Looking forward to a great semester!

Prof. Brian

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Chris Staley: "Liking Mistakes"

Some really touching thoughts from Chris Staley on liking mistakes.  Have a look ...

See you in the studio!
Prof. Brian

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

IUS Ceramics on Facebook?!

Did you know that IUS Ceramics has a Facebook page?!  It does. And you should go check it out.  And while you're there you should "like" it.  Yes, you should.

It's at

While you're there, you'll notice there are lots of updates, images, and cool stuff, so take your time and peruse at your leisure!

See you in the studio.
Prof. Brian

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Terrence Campagna Artist Lecture!

Hi everyone -

Whew, what a first couple of weeks here at IU Southeast!  We're off to a great start to the semester.  I was really glad to see so many of you at the Transition Points exhibition opening and thrilled to see such a positive response to the work in it.  The show will be up until October 4th, so if you haven't spent much time in the gallery, make sure and go back and check it out on your own.

We also had a great time at Terrence Campagna's artist lecture in the Drawing studio the other day.  Here's the video of it if you weren't there and want to review the points in his talk again ..

A big THANK YOU to Terrence for sharing his ideas and images with us!  And another big THANK YOU goes out to Emily Sheehan (IUS Drawing professor and artist extraordinaire) for making his visit to campus happen.

Terrence's gallery talk was also really great and I hope you all had a good experience picking his brain about his path as an artist.  I know I was inspired and I hope you were, too!

See you in the studio.
Prof. Brian

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Welcome to CERAMICS!!

This semester is going to be soooo awesome, we're not going to know what to do with ourselves.  There's a lot of work to do and much to be done, but I hope you'll agree that its great to be a part of a studio of artists.  There's so much to learn, so little time - so get a head start by checking out some of the stuff on this blog.  I've been updating it for a long time, so feel free to just peruse at your leisure.

Go ahead, take your time - there's all sorts of good stuff on here - links, cool posts, lectures, images, demonstration videos, project ideas, handouts, and readings.

I'm looking forward to a semester full of amazingness.

See you in the studio!
Prof. Brian

Artist Interview Project

For this component of the course, you will be working with one other student in the class to professionally produce a video of an artist interview that you will conduct with a professional artist. You will use equipment supplied by the IUS Fine Art Program to video record and edit the interview. Through class discussion, we will assist you in developing questions for the artist you are interviewing, however you are required to be the driving force in guiding your process so as to produce a high quality video interview.

I will pair you into groups of two and assign an artist for each group, as well as arrange for them to be on campus as a time when all three of you can do the interview. You will shoot approximately 30min of video and audio footage and, using iMovie or another video editing software of your choice, you will edit the content into a video of approximately 10 minutes.  

You will include "cutaway" shots of the artist's work, different angles of the artist, etc. These will assist you in hiding the edits more convincingly.

The videos will be critiqued as a class before the final deadline so you will have a number of opportunities to add, remove, or fine tune the interview. The videos will be made available for others to view online. You, IUS Ceramics, and the artist will be credited in the video.

Here are some examples of interviews that might help you get an idea of how to move forward with this project:

Jonnie Hallman (Destroy Today) -

Spencer Elden (aka "Nirvana baby") -

Linda Sormin -

These videos are starting points to give you an idea of where to start, but you are encouraged to play an active role in the style and "feel" of your interview. These will be made available to the WHOLE WORLD, so make sure your video interview is worthy of it!

I will teach you how to use iMovie to edit your videos, but it would be a good idea to check out these tutorials first:

How to from -

That's it for now, but there'll be more later!
See you in the studio,
Prof. Brian

Friday, August 24, 2012

Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans

Hi everyone -

I just came across this "Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans" posted on Julia Galloway's website.  It is a fantastic compilation of important information for the ceramic artist - everything from how to get health care to how (and why) to photograph your work.  This is probably the best resource I've seen in a long time, so check it out!  It's a must read for all those with ambitions of awesomeness.

Anyway, here's the direct link to it ... Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans

It's a huge wealth of information, so make sure and bookmark it so you can come back often.

See you in the studio,
Prof. Brian

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Linda Sormin video

Hi all,

I just came across this great video on Linda Sormin - its full of really cool insights into her creative process and her approach as an artist/educator.  Take a moment and check it out ..

You can find out more about her and her work on her website at

Prof. Brian