Events

    Tom Hubbard Artist Lecture

    Location: 

    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Ceramics Program Instructor Tom Hubbard is an interdisciplinary artist. His practice includes ceramics, photography, mixed media works and public art installations. Tempered by a minimalist approach, loss, history, memory, and the passage of time are threads often running through his work. Recent commissions include the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and public art commissions for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and the City of Columbus, OH.

    In 2013, Hubbard was selected for the first Open Studio Residency at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. He...

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    Audrey An: Artist In Residence Lecture

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    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Ceramics Program Artist In Residence and Instructor Audrey An’s creative research revolves around the notion of applying digital technologies to ceramics from the perspective of ‘convergence’, be it cultural, technological, or interdisciplinary. She earned her BFA and Art History Minor from Alfred University, MFA from Penn State University and was a post-baccalaureate student at Colorado State University. She is a recent recipient of Graduate Student Fellowship from NCECA and Judith S. Schwartz Legacy Award from Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts to attend its summer residency....

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    Donté K. Hayes Visiting Artist Demonstration

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    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    The sculptural ceramic work of Donté K. Hayes is informed by researching traditional African heirlooms and initiation rites that speak to the greater African diaspora. Hayes uses this research along with his interest in hip-hop culture, history, and science fiction to explore themes in Afrofuturism, a projected vision of an imagined future which critiques the historical and cultural events of the African Diaspora and the distinct black experience of the Middle Passage. Hayes combines ceramics with printmaking, installation, and performance to elevate his ceramic sculptures as a...

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    Bhakti Gathering Hours

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    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Join the Harvard Ed Portal on Wednesdays for Bhākti Gathering Hour this fall! Visitors can connect with new people, journal, create art, or practice tarot as well as meet the artist and special guests. Conversations will be hosted by rotating local BIPOC guests and allow visitors to learn about the spiritual and personal aspects of each person's practice. On October 12 and November 9, the healing practice will be focused on those in the BIPOC community.

    Gathering hours occur in connection to ...

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    Bhakti: Opening Celebration

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Join us for the opening of this powerful exhibit! Mingle with guests, nibble on Indian food, decompress and nourish your creative spirit. Deborah Johnson and guest artist Ria Manzanar will lead art activities, flower garland-making, chanting, mediation and journal prompts.

    In this exhibit, Brighton artist Deborah Johnson curates an interactive installation featuring bright and joyful linocut prints, paintings, and visual affirmations within a lush open living room space. As a queer South-Asian artist and mental health professional, Johnson connects her personal ancestry and...

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    Bhakti: A Practice of the Heart

    Location: 

    Crossings Gallery, Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Decompress and nourish your creative spirit with Bhākti: A Practice of the Heart. Brighton artist Deborah Johnson curates an interactive installation featuring mixed-media, portrait paintings, and visual affirmations in a lush living room. As a queer South-Asian artist and mental health professional, Johnson connects her personal ancestry and spirituality to create a place of comfort and sanctuary for all. Drop by to reflect in a journal, view the art, gather with friends, or engage with the community altar!

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    Harvard Public Art Tours: Allston

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    Multiple locations along Western Avenue, Allston

    Named after Washington Allston—a visionary painter and 1800 Harvard graduate—the neighborhood of Allston features vibrant, eclectic art that reflects its creativity and diversity. On this self-guided tour, you'll discover "can't-miss" public art installations along Western Avenue and learn the stories behind them and their artists. Follow along to explore hand-painted murals, sky-high sculptures, 25-cent art prints, and more!

    Tour Stops: 27
    Tour Length: 1 hour (shorter routes included)
    Tour Distance: Up to 2 miles
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    Monuments Reimagined: Public Art in Our Communities

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal—Online

    Join policy makers, urban designers, and artists in Boston and Cambridge for a discussion about the future of public art!

    Public art has the potential to make a community a more vibrant and welcoming place. Free and accessible to all, it also has the power to provoke debate about our shared cultural experience. As engaged citizens call for the removal of certain public monuments that evoke harmful systems, the conversation about the role of public art in our communities gains momentum.

    On October 5, join City of Boston Chief of Arts & Culture Kara Elliott-Ortega...

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    Register for Ceramics Program Courses

    Location: 

    Harvard Ceramics Program, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Register now for Ceramics Program fall 2021 courses, open to adults 18+. From introduction to wheel throwing and hand building to figurative and abstract sculpture to glaze chemistry and experimental photography on clay, we offer courses for adults of all levels to explore and develop new skills in clay.

    Most fall 2021 courses will be held in the Ceramics Program studio in Allston, with several online options available.

    Cost: Varies. If you have questions about registration procedures and pricing, please email Ji Eun Kim at...

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    Hands-on Glaze Technique Workshop with Ruth Easterbrook

    Location: 

    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard—Online

    Join former Ceramics Program Artist-in-Residence and instructor Ruth Easterbrook in a virtual demonstration of her unique method of glazing to create her inviting utilitarian ware. Over this two day event, the artist will share some of her inspiration for her surface design using and interpreting botanicals elements as seen in the natural world and art history. During her demonstration, Ruth will share new ways of thinking of glaze as a pallet of not only colors but also using the other qualities of glaze as well. Participants will observe how she plans and executes her complex surfaces...

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    Basics of Glazing Workshop with Paul Wisotzky

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    Harvard Ceramics Program—Online

    This three-hour workshop (with 3 different dates to choose from) will provide an overview of basic glazing and decorating techniques. Consider it part introduction, part refresher, part crash course in glazing, decorating and surface. The session covers how to prepare your work for glazing and explores different ways to apply glaze. Considerations related to atmosphere, use and functionality will be discussed. Basic decorating methods using slips, underglazes and wax resist will be demonstrated. This includes the use of different tools and techniques including brush work, slip trailing,...

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    Mapping Your Heart: A Zine Making Workshop

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal—Online

    *For high school students living or attending school in Allston, Brighton, or Cambridge!*

    Reflect on where you are right now to where you want to be. What comes easily to you? What do you love the most about yourself? Where do you want to put your energy?

    Explore these questions and learn more about your inner world in this hands-on workshop led by Brighton artist Deborah Johnson. Start with a short meditation, look at examples of self-published...

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    This Space Holds a Story

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal—Online

    *For high school students living or attending school in Allston, Brighton, or Cambridge!*

    Do you daydream about places you've loved or imagined? Are you curious about how writers turn ideas into stories? Join author Abdul-Razak Zachariah for a glimpse into the children’s book writing process. Write your own story idea for a new generation of readers based on your life and experiences. Abdul will read from his children’s book "...

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    Museum Careers with the Harvard Art Museums

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal—Online

    *For high school students who live or attend school in Allston, Brighton, or Cambridge!*

    Have you ever visited or heard about a museum and wondered what it would be like to work there? While exhibitions may not magically spring to life every night, the reality of a museum career can be just as exciting. A job in an art museum means working in an enriching environment where you can turn your passion for art, people, and history into a meaningful career. We invite you to join employees at the Harvard Art Museums to learn more about the types of careers...

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    RISE: Pottery Chill Out (for Allston-Brighton & Cambridge High Schoolers)

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal—Online

    *For high school students living or attending school in Allston-Brighton or Cambridge!*

    Remember Play Doh when you were a kid? What if we told you you're never too old to play with clay? Sign up for our 4-session Zoom clay class, where we will make and decorate mugs, phone holders, sculptures—whatever you want, really!—using our hands and objects you can find at home. No experience necessary!

    We'll teach you everything you need to know, PLUS we'll mail you all the stuff you'll need! You'll get to keep your final product and, as an added bonus, we'll...

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    Ceramics Program: Virtual Classes with Glazing and Firing services

    Location: 

    Harvard Ceramics Program—Online

    The Ceramics Program offers a wide variety of visual arts classes for adults of all levels. The next six-week session includes online classes such as: Handbuilding Basics; Experimental Photography on Clay; Plant-Based Printing; Sculpting from Observation; Wheel Intensive; Animal Sculpture; and much, much more!

    Classes meet weekly live on Zoom, and class meetings are recorded for participants to view later via Google Classroom. Clay pickup, glazing, and firing options are available for participants able to travel to the Ceramics Program studio in Allston.

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    Clay Etc. - A New Material Perspective

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    Harvard Ceramics Program—Online

    Clay Etc., an upcoming digital publication by Summer Chen and Ty Billman, aims to provide a space for our global community of designers, makers and craftspeople to share the unique passions for, and experiences with, clay as a medium. As part of the publication’s launch, co-author Summer Chen will be in conversation with fellow designers Kevin Rouff of ThusThat and Lonny van Ryswyck of Atelier NL to present and discuss the points of intersection they have experienced with the ceramic medium and design. Access to the publication will be made available to all registrants.

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    The Artist’s Studio: Lecture and Demonstration Series

    Location: 

    Harvard Ceramics Program—Online

    What leads an artist to work in clay? How does an artist develop their artistic voice and practice in clay? In this series, we’ll learn through conversation with eight multicultural contemporary artists and educators who use clay in ways that are functional, sculptural or performative.

    May 8: Donté K. Hayes
    The sculptural ceramic work of Donté K. Hayes pulls from his interest in hip-hop culture, history, and science fiction to explore themes in Afrofuturism, a projected vision of an imagined future which critiques the historical and cultural events of...

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    Making It As A Maker

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal—Online

    Do you want to sell more of your handmade work in a socially-distanced world? Learn key strategies to be successful as a maker from jeweler Rebecca Haas and potter Becca Webb. This 2-hour online workshop is designed to help you build a reliable and growing online community of customers and fans so you can not only survive this pandemic, but grow in it.

    Topics include:

    • Easy things you can do to take and share photos that inspire people to buy online;
    • Why you need an email list and how to best use it;
    • How to frame and present your...
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    Education Justice: Why Prison Classrooms Matter

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    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    “What college does, it helps us learn about the nation,” said Rodney Spivey-Jones, a 2017 Bard College graduate currently incarcerated at Fishkill Correctional Facility in New York, in the docuseries College behind Bars. “It helps us become civic beings. It helps us understand that we have an interest in our community, that our community is a part of us and we are a part of it.”

    The Bard Prison Initiative and programs at other institutions of higher learning across the country have brought together teachers and learners in incarcerated spaces for years. This panel will gather...

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