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From the Ground Up Conference

October 10 – 12, 2014

Zanesville, Ohio

Presented by Zanesville Ohio Ceramic Arts (ZOCA), the Muskingum County Community Foundation (MCCF),
and the Artist Colony of Zanesville (ART COZ)

Hosted by the Muskingum County Welcome Center and the John McIntire Library


No matter how you make your work this conference has something for you to take back to your studio. The From the Ground Up Conference is open to artists of all skill levels from amateur to master. No matter what level you are, if you are open to learning and connecting with other ceramic artists then this conference is for you!

Featured Presenters:

John Balistreri, Terri Kern, Ken McCollum, Tom Radca,

Jeremy Randall, and Gail Russell

Mark Your Calendar and Register Today

If you have any questions, call (740) 453-5192


Click here to download the From the Ground Up Conference Schedule

Click here to download the From the Ground Up Conference Schedule for High School Students


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Exhibitor/Vendor Sponsorship Opportunities
Information Sheet and Registration Form

The Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics

Exhibition Dates: September 27 – October 12, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Daily
Seilers’ Studio & Gallery • 129 South Seventh St. • Zanesville, OH 43701

Zanesville Prize and Secondary Award Recipients
will be announced on October 10th
at a reception for attendees of the conference.

From the Ground Up ConferenceHighlights for Attendees …


Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception starts at 6:00 p.m. on Friday night at the Ballroom of the Masonic Temple Building where the six Zanesville Prize winners’ Exhibition will be on display. At the reception attendees will register and meet presenters, hosts and other attendees. The recipient of the inaugural Zanesville Prize of $20,000 for Best in Show in memory of prominent Ohioan James F. Graham and $10,000 in other prizes will be announced by Sherman Hall at 7 pm.


Saturday and Sunday Presenter Demonstrations

Zanesville Ohio Ceramic Arts (ZOCA), the Muskingum County Community Foundation (MCCF), Potters Council, and the Artist Colony of Zanesville (ART COZ) are pleased to present two full days of demonstration and information exchange. Attendees will sign-in during Friday evening and/or Saturday morning registration. Attendees will be asked to choose one presenter for AM and one presenter for PM for both Saturday and Sunday.


Vendor Exhibit

Attendees will have the opportunity from Friday through lunch on Sunday to visit with each of our vendors. They will be available for you to ask questions and make some necessary product equipment purchases.


Weasel Boy Brewing Company and Pub Half-liter Mug Contest

Conference attendees may submit a mug holding one-half liter (16.8 oz.) for a contest to be held from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday. Mugs will be judged with $250, $150, and $100 prizes.  For more information about the Brewery visit www.weaselboybrewing.com.



John BalistreriJohn Balistreri

John Balistreri was raised in Thornton, Colorado, where he began to work with ceramics and built a ceramic studio on his parents’ property near Denver. He subsequently studied at Alfred University with Wayne Higby and at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he earned BFA in 1986. Balistreri worked with Kirk Mangus at Kent State University where he received his MFA in 1988.

During the summer of 1987, he returned to his studio in Denver and built a large Anagama kiln. After graduate school, he began to make large-scale work that was wood-fired. In 1996, he joined the faculty of Bowling Green State University, where he remains today as head of the ceramic art program.

From 1998 to 2002, Balistreri worked with Peter Voulkos, assisting in creating and firing his final sculptures. Later, Balistreri toured and studied ceramics in China, Japan and Korea. In 2001 Balistreri began a body of work titled “Problems in Sailing” which includes airplane and boat forms. This body of work continued through his sabbatical in 2005, when he built large-scale airplane forms at the Kaneko Experimental Workspace in Omaha, Nebraska.


Terri KernTerri Kern

Terri Kern will be presenting on surface decoration as well as hand building/sculptural object making demos.

Terri Kern received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from Ohio University in 1991. In 1995, she left a teaching position at Morehead State University to pursue a career as a studio artist. Since that time, Terri has traveled all over the United States, selling her ceramic pieces at fine art and craft venues.  From 2000 to 2013, she participated in five international art exchanges and collaborative projects in Cincinnati, Ohio; Munich, Germany; Nancy, France; Liuzhou, China and Barbacoa, Cuba.  Collectively, the artists created both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art that were exhibited in all five countries. The fourth art collaboration in 2009, earned Terri and her fellow artists an “Innovation Award” from the Sister Cities International Conference in Belfast, Ireland. In 2012, she exhibited her ceramic work in Setiuchi City, Japan, as part of a group exhibition.

Terri has been nominated for a USA Fellowship by US Artists, a nonprofit organization established to support the work of the nation’s finest artists. Over career, she has received four Individual Artist Grants and more than thirty-five awards for excellence in the field of ceramics.


Ken McCollumKen McCollum

Will be presenting on the use of multiple techniques in construction and drawing on clay. Multiple forms will be constructed with care on use of interior and exterior clay and paper armatures. The audience would be welcome to interact and participate by helping to build large sections of forms.

In 2000, Ken McCollum joined the Muskingum University faculty where he remains today. 
He earned his BFA from Phillips University, a MA degree from West Texas State University, and his MFA 
degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

His work intends to communicate the need for review of community values and direction, speaking to the needs of overcoming the lack of communication by using high contrast materials with carved images that tempt current versions of reality.


Tom RadcaTom Radca
After seven years of production pottery, Tom Radca began learning new techniques and meeting the artists who would become his mentors and shifted his creative focus from functional to decorative work. Radca fires his work uniquely by applying muriatic acid that eats away at carbon buildup and exposes the color underneath. He currently resides in Port Washington, Ohio.


Jeremy RandallJeremy Randall
Jeremy Randall is a visiting professor of art at Cazenovia College where he also works as the studio manager. Jeremy received his BFA from Syracuse University and a MFA from the University of Florida.

 His work references rural American architecture and antique rural implements that intend to place the viewer in a familiar setting that is layered with time, function and history. The colors used refer to milk-painted surfaces, layered and stained by generations of use, while the wire elements and steel tacks are placed in the clay surface to give a direct connection to ideas of construction and joinery.


Gail Russell - Acorn Lidded JarGail Russell


Will be presenting on woking with porcelain, she will demonstrate throwing techniques and  combining throwing with hand building, as well as glazing and decorative techniques of sprigging and handle making.

Gail Russell has worked in porcelain for most of the 40 years she has studied and made pots. She graduated with her MFA from the University of Illinois under the direction of Don Frith and Don Pilcher. She traveled to Japan in 2002, visiting many museums, potters, temples and shrines of a country of major influence on her and her work.
The six Presenters have been invited to display and offer their works for sale. These master works are located in the lobby of the Welcome Center.

Late Registration                         $300
(Aug 1 – Oct 10, 2014)

Registration fee includes the Welcome Reception on Friday, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Click here to register for the conference online, or download our registration form here and mail it in. If you mail it in, make checks payable to MCCF in US dollars, drawn on a US bank and mail with your registration form to: MCCF, 534 Putnam Ave, Zanesville, OH 43701.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund less $50 if canceled on or before July 31, 2014. No refunds after August 1, 2014.



The John McIntire Library

220 N 5th St

Zanesville, OH 43701

Website: www.muskingumlibrary.org


The Masonic Temple

38 N Fourth St

Zanesville, OH 43701


The Muskingum County Conference & Welcome Center

205 N 5th St

Zanesville, OH 43701

Website: www.visitzanesville.com


Michael Seiler Studios

Contemporary Fine Art

129 South Seventh Street

Zanesville, OH 43701

Website: www.michaelseilerstudios.com/


Weasel Boy Brewery

126 Muskingum Ave

Zanesville, OH 43701

Website: www.weaselboybrewing.com




Buckeye Ceramic Supply

Buckeye Ceramic Supply

Buckeye Ceramic Supply is ready to serve and support the activities of all ceramic enthusiasts in Central Ohio. They offer a broad selection of ceramic products along with creative ideas, technical support, and education.

Buckeye Ceramic Supply welcomes hobbyists, professionals, studios, art educators and anyone desiring an enjoyable, creative ceramic experience—regardless of their  level of expertise. For more information you can visit their website at www.buckeyeceramicsupply.com


Columbus Clay


Columbus Clay

Columbus Clay is your complete source for ceramic supplies. Since 1939 we have been supplying high quality products at low prices. Two ceramic engineers are on staff to answer any questions you may have.

For more information, please visit www.columbusclay.com.


Joe Campbell logo 1

Joe Campbell Studio - Fine Hand-Made Brushes

All of my brushes are carefully hand-crafted using local bamboo, natural hairs, tanned leather for the hanging straps, and waxed Irish linen threads for the decorative wraps on the handles. All brush heads and straps are set into the handles using epoxy resin for a nearly indestructible weld. With nominal care they should last many years.

For more information, please visit joecampbellstudio.com.


The Original HI ROLLER www.originalhiroller.com

The Original Hi Roller – the Vertical Slab Roller

 An amazing breakthrough in slab rolling equipment developed to form better slabs, with amazing speed, and noticeably less user effort. Equally at home with the studio potter, in the classrooom, institution, or production facility, the Original Hi Roller was engineered to be a joy to use, save space, and last forever. Try it at your local pottery supply or on the web at…




Mayco Colors

Mayco is one of the world’s leading producers of quality ceramic products for ceramic hobbyists, DIY enthusiasts, potters, artists, schools and producers of fine ceramic table and giftware.

Mayco has long been known as the “quality” producer of ceramic glazes and other fired finishes. They manufacture more than 600 different glaze colors in a wide variety of finishes and textures. In addition to glazes and underglazes our product line includes acrylic stains, plaster molds, bisque, brushes and tools and a number of specialty products. For more information you can visit their website at www.maycocolors.com


SanBao Studio
SanBao Studio

Hand-made Brushes. Tools. Decals.


Sparrow Art Gallery & Studio

Sparrow Art Gallery & Studio

One can learn much from artwork. Artists depict where they are living, their culture, and the time of history in which they live.

My mission is to bring awareness of the wonderful diversity of peoples and cultures of the world, to bring awareness of the needs of people on the mission field, and to appreciate our likenesses and our differences reflected in art; and through it all – praise our Creator – Giver of all that is good.



Standard Ceramic Supply Company

Standard Ceramic Supply Co.

Standard Ceramic Supply Company is a manufacturer of glazes and clay.

The company is most well known for its Standard Clays the finest quality, accurately formulated, completely mixed, pugged and de-aired moist clay bodies sold in the United States. These clay bodies include a wide selection of earthenware, stoneware and porcelain clays for schools, colleges, hobby and production potters. For more information you can visit their website at www.standardceramic.com


Special Thanks To:

Paragon Industries Inc.
Tile Heritage Foundation




The Inn at Dresden (Event Sponsor)

209 Ames Drive
Dresden, OH 43821
(740) 754-1122



Comfort Inn (Official Local Lodging Site)

500 Monroe St

Zanesville, OH 43701


Accommodations at the Comfort Inn of Zanesville 740-454-4144 will be discounted to $89.99 per night from October 9—12, 2014 with a limited number of rooms available. The Comfort Inn is located at 500 Monroe Street in Zanesville within walking distance of the conference and Zanesville Prize venues. Mention the Zanesville Prize to receive discount. Discount rate is available through September 25, 2014.






Columbus International Airport



Ground Transportation from Airport

Car Rental–at Airport



Visiting Zanesville for the first time? Bringing friends or family with you? Start researching here what there is to do in the area.


The Longaberger Homestead

5563 Raiders Rd

Frazeysburg, OH 43701

Phone: (740) 322-5588

Website: www.longaberger.com

At the Longaberger Homestead you can learn how to make baskets by hand, enjoy a delicious meal at Miller’s Homestead Restaurant, and shop at the Longaberger Factory Store.


The Wilds

14000 International Rd

Cumberland, OH 43701

Phone: (740) 638-5030

Website: http://www.thewilds.org

The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world. It is located on nearly 10,000 acres, just east of Zanesville.


The Artist Colony of Zanesville
Studios and galleries throughout downtown Zanesville will be celebrating a love of all things clay from 4 – 9 on Saturday, October 10. Check out the Artist Colony of Zanesville’s (ART COZ) website www.artcoz.org for information on participating galleries.


The Zanesville Museum of Art

620 Military Rd

Zanesville, OH 43701

Phone: (740) 452-0741

Website: www.zanesvilleart.org

The Zanesville Museum of Art houses an extensive collection of Zanesville’s early production pottery including Weller, Roseville, and numerous others.


Longaberger Golf Club

1 Long Dr.

Nashport, OH 43830

Website: www.longabergergolfclub.com/


Eaglesticks Golf Club

2655 Maysville Pike

Zanesville, OH 43701

Website: www.eaglesticks.com


For more information on local attractions go to www.visitzanesville.com.