In 1991, Eve Behar took her first ceramics class in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She continued to take classes through college and after at the many studios around Manhattan. In 1995 she went to Florence for a year to study ceramics, painting, and art history at the Studio Art Center International for which she received a Post Baccalaureate Diploma. Upon returning from Italy, Eve worked as an assistant making slip cast production work while pursuing her own career. In 2001, Eve once again went back to full time international study at Sheridan College in Oakville, Canada. There she spent three intensive years refining her skills and techniques and developing a body of work. Eve was very happy to accept the highest award of Best in Show at the Graduate Show of 2004.Since 2004 and returning to New York, Eve has been in various wholesale and retail shows, gallery shows and featured on the Ceramics Monthly website. She also is an active board member of The Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons and Watershed Center for Ceramics Arts. Eve is a proud new mama and is dedicating her most recent work to her son Luca.
I didn’t discover that I loved clay until I had graduated from Skidmore College with a BA degree in psychology. While living and working in New York, I took a class in ceramics at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and later at the Riverside Church craft program. In 1973 my business, C.C.’s Pottery, was opened. I specialized in high fire stoneware and porcelain. In 2006 I received a Masters Certificate from Hood College. In recent years I have explored sculpture and wood firing. I still love working on the wheel but have added some hand building techniques to my repertoire.
Twenty-five years ago, I was a stressed-out associate at a D.C. law firm, looking for a diversion from the crazed demands of the job. A friend recommended pottery lessons and as soon as I learned to center the clay on the wheel, I was hooked. Since then, I’ve been obsessed with the feel, smell, and creative possibilities of clay. I create simple, functional work (bowls, plates, platters), which can stand alone or as a group. I love color, often updating my palette, but always keeping certain core colors. The best compliment I get is when someone tells me they’ve broken one of my pieces … It means they’ve used it! I work out of my studio in East Hampton.
I have always had a unique and intimate relationship with clay. It has been a metaphor for how I relate to the world and view my life. It is unpredictable, it has a spirit of it's own and most importantly clay teaches me to "let go". I work primarily on the wheel in porcelain. In 1972 I took classes at Greenwich House Pottery in NYC. I studied painting at Skidmore College then went on to cooking school and became a pastry chef . For the past 25 years I have been married and have 5 wonderful children and during these years Nancy Robbins' Studio has been where I keep my hands dirty and my mind clear by creating with clay. Clay keeps me balanced, centered and present .
Bob Golden is an accomplished musician, composer, and music producer. His passion for throwing began in high school. After winning an art scholarship, he attended Brown University where he spent four years studying with Chris Staley and Jacquie Rice at neighboring Rhode Island School of Design. After college, Bob moved to New York City to figure out what the hell he was doing with his life. He briefly studied with porcelain super star Jim Makins. Makins was impressed with Bob's skill but advised, "either fully commit or don't waste your time working in clay." Discouraged, Bob didn't touch clay for the next 20 years. Instead, he began writing songs for Sesame Street which led him to a career in scoring television and film. In 2010, his throwing passion was reignited when he lucked into finding the Amagansett Applied Arts Center. Back on the wheel, Bob began producing a huge amount of work and started selling his cups, bowls, and oversized platters in the eclectic Hudson NY store, 3FortySeven. One day last summer, Celebrity Chef Zakary Pelacio (Fatty Crab, Five Ninth) discovered Bob's ultra light and gestural porcelain work and commissioned him to make the tableware for his new restaurant, Fish & Game. Bob now has his own studio in the Springs and in addition to finishing 1,000 pieces of tableware for Fish & Game, he's grateful to be included in this, his first gallery show at Celadon.
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" I am lucky to find the beauty and joy in SOLID COMMON CLAY"
Nancy Robbins has a BFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. She also studied ceramic engineering and glaze chemistry at Alfred University. She was Senior Craftsmen for Ceramic Reproductions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She works almost exclusively in porcelain created on the potter's wheel. Her smooth simple shapes serve as canvas for carefully reproduced ancient Chinese and Japanese glazes: Copper Red, Jun Blue, Celadon, Oribe, and Iron Yellow. “Simplicity and quiet grace are often overlooked.”
After painting for 15 years I became interested in clay as a way of dealing with a bad case of artist's block. My passion lays in hand-building. I love the experience of kneading stoneware as if listening for directions. Although I've re-incorporated painting into my practice, I remain dedicated to sculpture and ceramics. I currently work at Applied Arts in Amagansett and at Greenwich House in downtown Manhattan.
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