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Ceramic Intensives

Get your hands dirty in Freehold Art Exchange’s studios this summer! Visiting ceramicists, including Joan Harmon, Emma Louise Kaye, Christina Bolt and FAEx’s Ceramics Facilitator Asia Sosnowski, will teach various clay forming techniques. Ceramic workshop fees include a 50 pound bag of clay, slip, glaze and your 10 favorite pieces fired. Lodging is available for out-of-town workshop participants in the newly built FAEx Residency House. For more information on dates, housing rates and directions, scroll down.

The Wheel and Beyond: Exploration in Altering
w/ Emma Louise Kaye

Fri thru Sun 6/21–6/23. 10am–6pm.
$300/person. 3 people minimum to run. 6 maximum.

In this three day hands on workshop, we focus on one form each day– the cup, the bowl, and the plate. A variety of techniques both on and off the pottery wheel will be demonstrated, using the foundation of throwing to combine with other ways altering and building with slab and coil. As we experiment and develop new methods of making, we will consider both the functional and aesthetic qualities of our pieces. Morning demonstrations with be provided for the class and open to the community. Students enrolled in the class will work in the studio in the afternoon and receive additional hands on assistance and instruction. Some experience with clay is helpful but not required.  

Hand Building Intensive: Explorations in Form and Function
w/ Christina Bolt

Two Building Days: Sat+Sun 6/29+6/30.
One Glaze Day TWO WEEKS LATER: Sun 7/14. 10am–6pm.
$275/person. 3 people minimum to run. 6 maximum.

Christina Bolt will lead a fun, beginner friendly clay hand-building workshop focused on vessel making. She will demonstrate a variety of hand-building and surface decoration techniques. Students will learn how to build vessels such as vases, cups, bowls and planters or sculptures of their own design. No ceramics experience necessary. Bolt’s studio is in Hudson, NY.  She received a BFA in ceramics at the Tyler School of Art. Christina has a wide range of experience teaching ceramics classes in and around Hudson.

Throwing Off the Hump
w/ Asia Sosnowski

Fri thru Sun 7/19–7/21. 10am–6pm.
$350/person. 2 people minimum to run. 3 maximum.

Asia Sosnowski’s three day course, “Throwing off the Hump: Tea Bowls,” will focus on freely throwing tea bowls with locally sourced Catskill Creek clay. Throwing off the hump is an intuitive practice of wedging clay and making a fluid, continuous series of pots. It allows ceramicists to liberate the overseeing mind and think through the clay at hand. Participants will explore creating textures for slip inlay using tools, found objects and surface imprints in the studio and nature. The clay body will be of various stoneware, which can be marbled together into agateware. In finishing, we will experiment with contrasting light slip over dark clay and the inverse. Bowls will be raw glazed and single-fired. Sosnowski makes spirited and peaceful pottery and teaches wheel-throwing at FAEx, where she spearheads the ceramics programs and manages the studio.

Relief Sculpture Workshop
w/ Joan Harmon

Fri thru Sun 8/2–8/4. 10am–6pm.
$350/person. 3 people minimum to run. 6 maximum.

In “Relief Sculpture Workshop” with Joan Harmon, participants will construct wall hanging sculpture primarily made with slabs. Harmon will instruct students to create a positive with clay, cast a plaster mold and then build pieces by laying a slab into the mold. Joan Harmon received her BFA from the California College of Art and her MFA from Rutgers University. She was awarded an honorarium from Black Rock City, a Fellowship from the Creative Glass Center of America, an Artist’s Grant from the Sari Dienes Foundation, among numerous other international and national awards. She is a professor at the City University of New York and New York University at La Pietra in Florence, Italy. Harmon serves on the Board of Directors of the Sari Dienes Foundation.

MORE INFORMATION

For directions, CLICK HERE

To register and more information, email asienka.sosna@gmail.com

For lodging in our RESIDENCY HOUSE, email freeholdartexchange@gmail.com Rooms are $150/night+tax+cleaning fee. Rooms can sleep up to two.

FAEx Radio: Episode 1: Ka’ila Farrell-Smith

Klamath tribal members and activists, Taylor Tupper and Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, at the compressor station in Malin, OR. Within five minutes of being at the site, they had headaches and nosebleeds. Malin is the beginning of the Pacific Connector Pipeline, where it would meet up with the Ruby Pipeline, which passes through Nevada Paiute country. Photo credit: Alex Budd from Rising Tide.

Ka’ila Farrell Smith is an artist and activist from the Klamath Tribe in southern Oregon. We recently spoke about the proposed pipeline between Malin and Coos Bay, OR. The pipeline would run through 485 waterways and her tribe’s ancestral sacred lands.

TO LISTEN TO THE EPISODE, SCROLL DOWN

TAKE ACTION TO STOP THE PIPELINE!

Below are direct action links for No LNG Exports, Rogue Climate, and the DSL page where people can submit public comments – which is THE most important thing we can gather at the moment. Folks have until Feb. 3rd to submit public comments to the Department of State Lands and speak personally about damage to our waterways.

If you only have time for one action, click HERE to make a public comment online by FEBRUARY 3rd, 2019. Thank you!

To check the status of the pipeline and read the pipeline project application on the State of Oregon website, click HERE.

To visit the NO LNG PIPELINE website, take further action and watch 36 Inches: Understanding the Jordan Cove Energy Project, click HERE

To visit Rogue Climate’s website about the pipeline, click HERE.

This interview was recorded and produced by Molly Stinchfield and edited by Melissa Weaver.

From River Bed to Wood Fire Workshop

Free Ceramics Workshop Takes Participants Beyond the Studio into the Elements

Poster design by Justin Calder. Photos by Molly Stinchfield.

Freehold Art Exchange (FAEx) is pleased to announce a FREE, eight-class ceramics workshop with resident Ceramics Facilitator Asia Sosnowski. Participants will make vessels using clay deposits from Greene County. The workshop starts Sunday, September 23rd from 12 to 3pm and culminates with a pit fire and free Community Day for the public at 4pm on Sunday, October 28th.

The course features an anthropological and intuitive approach to ceramics. We will overview pot making and the formation and origin of clay, visit several locations to harvest native clay, prepare a clay body, create coil pots and load a natural pit-fire.

REGISTRATION: email asienka.sosna@gmail.com

DIRECTIONSFAEx is located in Freehold, New York. Rural GPS can be inaccurate– We advise that you follow the DIRECTIONS HERE or risk getting lost.

FAEx Ceramics Facilitator Asia Sosnowski and Co-Founder Piper Dorrance glazing wheel-thrown plates.

CLASS SCHEDULE: 12 – 3pm at FAEx, unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, 9/23: Digging clay location TBD

Sunday, 9/30: Processing clay 

Sunday, 10/7: Processing clay

Friday, 10/12: Making pots

Saturday, 10/13: Making pots

Sunday, 10/14: Making pots

Saturday, 10/27: Loading and igniting pit-fire

Sunday, 10/28: Community Day 4 – 6pm Unloading pit-fire

FAEx is an artist residency program for visual and interdisciplinary artists invested in social justice, environmental sustainability, and community engagement. Since 2012, Artists-­in­-residence have lived and worked onsite using studio spaces and workshops in the repurposed garage and dairy barn. The facility, on 57 acres of land in the Catskill Mountains, includes artist studios, organic garden and hiking trails. FAEx encourages an interdisciplinary and conservation-oriented approach to art making. We provide opportunities for artists to deepen their connection with the earth and their communities.

FAEx recently renovated their ceramics workshop and broke ground on a three-bedroom house that will host up to six artists-in-residence. 

View from the Ceramics Studio

This event is a program of Freehold Art Exchange. This event is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants program.

FAEx Farm Feast 2018

Second Annual FAEx Farm Feast Features Local Culinary, Sonic and Ceramic Delights with Spectacular Views of the Catskills

Freehold Art Exchange invites you to our Second FAEx Farm Feast 2018 on Sunday, September 9th. The event will feature local food, craft beer, musicians and ceramic plates as party favors. Festivities begin at 4pm; dinner begins at 5pmDIRECTIONS ARE BELOW. We have two pricing tiers:

Dinner+Plate: Advance tickets $40 until August 31st. Full price tickets are $50.
Dinner+Plate+Limited Edition Platter by Asia Sosnowski: Advance Tickets $100 until August 31st. Full price tickets are $120. Coordinating plate+platter!



Additional plates are available for purchase at event for $30 each or $100 for a set of 4. Buy a coordinating set!

Paper tickets and plates are available at Village Common Mercantile at 404-406 Main Street in Catskill, NY.

Outdoor dining, live music, twinkle lights and a soft autumn sunset over the Catskill Mountains set the tone for this intimate dining experience in Freehold, NY. Chef Zach Stough will prepare a feast with produce from Black Horse Farms and Story Farms, featuring bread from the Catskill Bread Company and chutney from Atina Foods. Michele Delage of Winkle’s Bakery will prepare desserts with vegan and gluten free options. Musical stylings by local legend Brian Dewan and Celtic band the Catskill Gamblers. Dinner guests eat on hand made ceramic plates by Asia Sosnowski, FAEx’s Ceramics Facilitator, and decorated by many local artists. Each guest will take home their unique dish at the end of the night. Bands will perform intermittently throughout the night. Wine from Hudson Chatham Winery and local beer from Rare Form Brewery will be available by donation. Event design by Liz Shaw Design.

FAEx is an artist residency program for visual and interdisciplinary artists invested in social justice, environmental sustainability, and community engagement. Since 2012, Artists-­in­-residence have lived and worked onsite using studio spaces and workshops in the repurposed garage and dairy barn. We also offer studio spaces to Greene County artists and makers. The facility, on 57 acres of land in the Catskill Mountains, includes artist studios, organic garden and hiking trails. FAEx encourages an interdisciplinary and conservation-oriented approach to art making. We provide opportunities for artists to deepen their connection with the earth and their communities.

FAEx recently renovated their ceramics workshop and broke ground on a three-bedroom house that will host up to six artists-in-residence.

Special thanks to Village Common Mercantile and to Matt Bua and Cassidy Maze of the Bua Family Band for switching their opening date of the Camp Now Pop Up Shop at the Catskill Community Center to 9.15 so our friends wouldn’t have to choose between our events! More info forthcoming.

All ticket sales and donations will fund FAEx programs.
For more information, email freeholdartexchange@gmail.com.
FAEx is located in Freehold, New York. Rural GPS can be inaccurate– We advise that you follow the DIRECTIONS HERE or risk getting lost.

 

Ceramic Workshops

Freehold Art Exchange Unveils their Renovated Ceramics Studio with Summer Workshops

Freehold Art Exchange is thrilled to share their newly renovated ceramics studio with both the ceramic curious and the seasoned enthusiast! FAEx’s Ceramics Facilitator, Asia Sosnowski, will lead two workshops this summer: Wheel Skills 101 for five Mondays 6-9pm beginning June 18th, $225 per person and River Bed to Wood Fire: Exploring the Origins of Ceramic Production, a two-month workshop Sundays starting in late July. River Bed is free and open to the public. To register, please email asienka.sosna@gmail.com

FAEx Ceramics Facilitator Asia Sosnowski and Co-Founder Piper Dorrance glazing wheel-thrown plates.

Wheel Skills 101 is a beginner/intermediate course for those interested in learning to throw pots on a wheel. There will be significant one-on-one instruction and hands-on experience, as the course is limited to four people. Classes will take place 6-9 pm on five Monday nights between June 18th and July 16th. The $225 workshop fee includes clay, glaze and firing fees. Tools will be provided. FAEx will offer another workshop if there is an overwhelming response.

River Bed to Wood Fire features a scientific and anthropological approach to ceramics, with an emphasis on learning to handle and form clay. Participants will visit the Catskill Creek to harvest native clay and create coil pot vessels to burnish and fire. The culminating session will be a pit firing, a natural kiln dug in the earth. The public is invited to a Community Day to enjoy the pitfire and learn about the process. This workshop is free and open to the public. Stay tuned for official dates!

Sosnowski is an educator, artist and potter. She trained to make tableware and is currently exploring other forms and methods of working with clays.  The FAEx ceramics studio, located next to the community garden, features four different wheels, two kilns and stunning views of the Catskill Mountains.

Vessels by Asia Sosnowski

Freehold Art Exchange (FAEx) is an artist residency program for visual and interdisciplinary artists invested in social justice, environmental sustainability, and community engagement. Since 2012, Artists-­in­-Residence have lived onsite, using studio spaces and workshops in the repurposed dairy barn. The facility is on 57 acres of land in Freehold, including a vegetable garden and hiking trails.

FAEx will be completing their passive solar, ADA-compliant three-bedroom residency house this summer. They are also currently renovating the woodshop, where community partner Catskill Maker Syndicate will offer workshops in mechanical skills from auto repair to CNC milling and advanced metalwork.

View from Ceramics Studio

River Bed to Wood Fire is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants program.

Tiny Books. Big Ideas.

Join us for tiny bookmaking workshops of epic proportions!

Amy Tingle and Maya Stein of The Creativity Caravan will teach people of all ages how to make miniature books (3 inches and under!) in a series of workshops in Greene County libraries this fall. Look for their tiny caravan parked outside each location and join the fun!

A day-long bookmaking intensive at Freehold Art Exchange (FAEx) will take place on Sunday, November 12 from 10am – 6pm. Amy+Maya will teach advanced bookbinding techniques and FAEx’s Molly Stinchfield will teach multimedia art techniques.
All events are free and open to the public.

Monday 10/16
3-5pm Kids. 5:30-7pm Adults.
Catskill Public Library.
1 Franklin St. Catskill, NY.
518-943-4230
 
Tuesday 10/17
3-5pm Kids. 5:30-7pm Adults.
Catskill Public Library.
1 Franklin St. Catskill, NY.
518-943-4230

 

Wednesday 10/25 
6 – 7:30pm.
Heermance Memorial Library.
1 Ely St, Coxsackie, NY. 
518-731-8084
 
Thursday 10/26
3:30-5:30pm.
D.R. Evarts Library.
80 2nd St, Athens, NY. 518-945-1417

 

Friday 10/27
1pm – 2:30pm.
Cairo Library.
15 Railroad Ave, Cairo, NY
518-622-9864

 

Friday 11/10
Afternoon/evening. Time TBD.
Mountaintop Library.
6093 Main St, Tannersville, NY.
518-589-5707

 

Saturday 11/11
12-1:30pm.
Palenville Branch Library.
3303 NY-23A, Palenville, NY.
518-678-3357

 

Sunday 11/12
10am – 6pm 
INTENSIVE at Freehold Art Exchange.
FAEx is located in Freehold, New York. Rural GPS can be inaccurate– We advise that you follow the DIRECTIONS HERE or risk getting lost.

518-323-9421

Monday 11/13
5 – 7pm: RECEPTION FOR FINISHED WORKS!
Magpie Bookshop.
392 Main Street, Catskill, NY.
518-303-6035

 

 

This event is a program of Freehold Art Exchange in partnership with the Catskill Public Library and the Creativity Caravan.

*This event is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants program.

FAEx Farm Feast 2017

First Annual FAEx Farm Feast Features Local Culinary, Sonic and Ceramic Delights with Spectacular Views of the Catskills

Freehold Art Exchange invites you to our First Annual Farm Feast 2017 (FAEx Farm Feast) on Sunday, September 10th. The event will feature local food, craft beer, musicians and ceramic plates as party favors. Festivities begin at 3pm; dinner begins at 4pm. Early bird tickets are $40 until August 31st. Full price tickets are $50. DIRECTIONS ARE BELOW.


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Outdoor dining, live music, twinkle lights and a soft autumn sunset over the Catskill Mountains set the tone for this intimate dining experience in Freehold, NY. Chef Zach Stough and Michele Delage of Winkle’s Bakery will prepare locally sourced food and treats with vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free options. Dinner guests eat on hand thrown ceramic plates by Asia Sosnowski, FAEx’s Ceramics Facilitator, and decorated by many local artists. Each guest will take home their unique dish at the end of the night. The Hudson Dusters and Brown Sugar will perform intermittently throughout the night. Wine and local beers will be available by donation.

Freehold Art Exchange (FAEx) is an artist residency program for visual and interdisciplinary artists invested in social justice, environmental sustainability, and community engagement. Since 2012, Artists-­in­-residence have lived onsite for two weeks, using studio spaces and workshops in the repurposed dairy barn. In exchange, residents complete a predetermined two­-day work project on organizational development or barn renovations still underway. The facility is on 57 acres of land in the Catskill Mountains of NY, including a vegetable garden and hiking trails.

We recently renovated our ceramics workshop and broke ground on a three bedroom residence building that will house up to six artists at a time. We are currently redesigning the wood shop, which should be fully functional in the Spring of 2018.
All ticket sales and donations will fund FAEx programs.
For more information, email freeholdartexchange@gmail.com.
FAEx is located in Freehold, New York. Rural GPS can be inaccurate– We advise that you follow the DIRECTIONS HERE or risk getting lost.

 


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