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March 4, 2017

Very exciting news...I found out I was awarded a spot in an Artist Residency program in Japan this summer. I could use some help making it happen, so I started an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

All crowdfunding donors will receive a Certificate of Patronage, plus...
($25) Your name inscribed in the Onishi Bell, which will be donated to the town at the end of my residency.

($50+) A frameable print of one of Natasha's photographs taken while on our travels.

($100+) A small commemorative bowl created by me and sent to you as a reminder of your patronage.

($500+) A small commemorative bell will be sent to you to display in your home, garden or office.

(1000+) For such generous patronage, you receive everything. Your name inscribed on the bell being donated to the town of Onishi, a photograph from Japan by Natasha, one of my ceramic bowls, and a bell for you.

Thanks for taking the time to check it out and for considering a small contribution! -Cam

December 13, 2016

Ring In the Holidays...

  I'm very excited to be included in a Los Angeles Times article by Janet Kinosian this week featuring different bell designers (like Michelle Quan in Brooklyn and LA artist Meredith Metcalf). As a result, I'm sending my first bell order to the West Coast!

  As a full-time high school ceramics teacher and an adjunct college professor, it's a challenge in this phase of life to put in the amount of time a potter needs to properly publicize their work. A special thank you to Janet Kinosian for taking an interest and showing what other bell-makers are doing around the country.

May 5, 2016

This spring my wife, photographer Natasha Kobran, and I have been preparing for our 1st ever collaboration. My ceramic work will be on display with 10 of her amazing photographs at the Artomatic exhibition in downtown Frederick (115 Church St). If you are in the area, please join us in Room 35B for the opening and artist reception on Saturday, May 7 (6-9pm). The energy at this event is incredible...there are concerts every weekend, artist talks, demonstrations, classes, and artwork on display for 5 wks by over 350 regional artists.




This article was just passed along to me, so I thought I would share it, as it touches on the importance of ritual + creating sacred spaces in our modern lives (something quite important to potters throughout art history). I have to add that working on Chris Judd's memorial bells was a deeply meaningful experience, starting with his first visit to the studio with Jason to discuss their personal design hopes and intentions. What followed over the months were many tries, many conversations, and many trips to the mountain and streams that surround the Judd property to dig the clay used on the bells and to think about the project at hand. The result was a unique collaboration with the man for whom the bells are a memorial and a truly special experience for this small town potter. Thank you to the Judds for letting me be a part of it....

November 30, 2015

It has been a whirlwind these past two months making and decorating 170+ pieces for the Holiday Pop-up Shop at the Hirshhorn (Dec. 5-6). Here are just a handful of quick pics of the work in progress. Feeling very thankful for the great Fall weather over our Thanksgiving break. I enjoyed the crisp and sunny days outdoors building the charred-wood display for the 20+ new bells to be installed at the museum.












November 12, 2015

After months of working with my head down and installing a new batch of Graffiti temple bells in the quiet evening hours of the empty gallery last week, it was an inspiration to come to the opening of the show and see the work of my art faculty colleagues. The work varies from the traditional to the conceptual, from paintings + photos to spinning clocks on a turntable + a giant inflatable black void hanging from the ceiling. But the common theme that I took away was just how thoughtful these artists are. The gallery talks were enlightening, and I am so impressed with the great care that goes into the planning, research and development of each artist's chosen subject. It strikes me that, as much as the art is meant to be displayed and enjoyed aesthetically by others, the importance of making these visual explorations is paramount for the artists themselves. They must make this work, and I am so happy they did and that I get to work with these excellent artists at Loyola....

September 26, 2015

I don't think the news has quite settled in yet, but yesterday I was asked to participate in the Washigton Project for the Arts Holiday Pop-up Show at the HIRSHHORN MUSEUM in DC! The event is scheduled for Dec 5-6 (which happens to be the weekend before my 40th birthday), and I can't imagine a better place to celebrate than one of my favorite museums in the world.




March 30, 2015

I am very excited to be installing a large collection of new work at the beautiful Schifferstadt Architectural Museum in Frederick for Bell & History Day. Join us for the Opening + Reception on Friday night, or stop by on Saturday for wheel demonstrations at 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30 + museum tours all day.


March 8, 2015

What a classy event...I spent a fun Saturday night at Artisphere in Roslyn for the WPA "Select 2015" Exhibition. Curators from DC, Baltimore and NYC invited 100 artists to show, and a packed house bid on the work. Very happy to have a piece included and to be part of it all.









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