In Spring 2020, the established means by which we teach, learn and connect underwent a seismic fracture. Los Angeles-based artist and ceramic educator Nicole Seisler responded to these circumstances by developing a series of experimental and experiential exercises intended for university students, educators, and independent makers interested in engaging emotionally and conceptually with the current state of the world through the language of clay. Each exercise is cast as a culinary recipe, which individuals can adjust or tweak according to the availability of space, materials, tools and their own particular tastes.
Join us for a live artist’s talk and workshop to hear about Nicole’s practice, her book Recipes for Conceptual Clay (in the Time of COVID-19), and to take part in Wedging Words, a 1-hour clay workshop featured in the book that requires only a small amount of regular clay, and a pencil or pen. Limited quantities of complimentary clay will be available to local participants through the AGB Shop one week before the event via reservation.
Nicole Seisler’s practice centers on the materiality of clay and its metaphoric resonance with human experience. The haptic, malleable, ephemeral, and permanent qualities of clay make it possible for the material to track and trace time, thereby absorbing and marking our existence. Her sculptural, site-responsive, performative, and participatory work forefronts these characteristics, usurps traditional roles of functionality, and uses clay as a conduit between people, and between people and place.
Seisler received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has exhibited widely in the United States, as well as at Customs House, Sydney; Alto Galleria, Brussels; and Flash Atoyle in Izmir, Turkey. Reviews of Seisler’s work have been published in The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Ceramics Monthly, the Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald. Seisler has taught ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Washington, and she was the Lincoln Visiting Professor of Ceramics at Scripps College. She currently teaches at Pasadena City College and is the Director of the Los Angeles contemporary ceramics gallery A-B Projects.