While the history of pottery in the United States is necessarily brief (we're very young), some of the notable Early American works were jugs and crocks. It is certain some of them were for whiskey, and Pottery Northwest is reviving the connection. Twenty artists will be interpreting the theme in cups, glasses, flasks, trays, even a table for the enjoyment of, yes, whiskey!
The craft distillery shares a lot with the ceramic craft. Attention to detail and delivering something special are good ways to think about it. We're confident you'll recognize these qualities both in the ceramics and the spirits.
-- Wally Bivins, Executive Director, Pottery Northwest
A $30 ticket to this special opening night reception will get you a first pour of a signature drink created by Fremont Mischief for the event. Mischief is one of the new regional distilleries and, by many people's opinion, possibly the best. All profits from this fundraiser will go to support the Pottery Northwest Resident Artist Project (RAP) Grant. The RAP grant has supported projects proposed by resident artists at Pottery Northwest for the past three years, and the goal this year is to make at least $5000 available to fund new ideas and new work.
About the RAP Grant
The Pottery Northwest Resident Artist Project (RAP) Grant is a resource to help our residents move their work in a new direction, to move it forward, or to plumb an existing idea. This grant program is a mere three years old and we've already sent people to Amsterdam for a wood-firing conference, provided funds to purchase and recondition a ball mill for processing "wild" materials, facilitated sewing instruction and assistance in the construction of a traveler's coat for carrying ceramics (suitcases too), made possible the purchase of a portable jack for moving sculpture securely. That's not all, but it is indicative of the breadth of needs and exciting ideas that our residents come forward with. A residency program that is inhabited by wild ideas and a willingness to risk is the residency program Pottery Northwest cultivates.
Matt Allison, Chuck Aydlett, Alix Brodeur, Sunshine Cobb, Josh DeWeese, Donna Flannery, Nancy Froelich, Damian Grava, Kathleen Guss, Isaac Howard, Aaron Nelson, Drew Nicklas, Sarah Kaye, Steve Lee, James Lobb, Noah Riedel, Steve Robison, George Rodriguez, Deborah Schwartzkopf, and Ellie Weber.