March – April Workshops at the Cultural Arts Center

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Red Hot Raku

Raku firing’s unpredictability and intense process have allotted for it’s popularity over the years. Western rake firing is a procedure in which work is removed from the kiln at bright red heat and subjected to post-fire reduction. Instructed by well-known Columbus artists Sandy Lang and Walter Weil.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

12:30 – 5:30 PM


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Blacksmithing 101

A hands-on workshop directed for beginners only, Blacksmithing 101 will teach students basic forging techniques such as building and controlling a coke fire and how to use a gas forge. Participants will make several pieces during the workshop. Instructor Paul Ailing has been blacksmithing for over 30 years.

Saturday and Sunday

9 AM – 3 PM

Choose from these Sessions: March 14 & 15April 18 & 19May 2 & 3, or May 30 & 31

Calligraphy: It’s Not Just for Bibles Anymore

Participants will learn the fundamentals of the foundational style of lettering, and try their hand at the graceful form of art. Students are asked to bring Speedball C-3 Nib, Pen Holder, Black Ink (Higgins, Pellikan Fount India), Ruler, Pencil, Notebook. Instructed by calligraphers Carol Kimball and Sandy Schaadt.

Saturday, March 28

10 AM – 1 PM


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It’s Always the Write Time: Creative Writing Workshop

This fun and creative journey into the world of creative writing will get your ballpoint pen rolling. Taught by Mimi Chenfeld.

Saturday, April 18

10 AM – 2 PM


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Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Colours

Winsor & Newton offers the world’s most diverse range of professional products, including oils and acrylic colors, innovative mediums, and a revolutionary range of painting tools. Big plus: participants receive samples of Winsor & Newton Artist Materials (hooray!)

Saturday, April 11

1 – 4 PM

FREE DEMO! (limited to 30 participants)

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Gallery 831 presents Modern Primitiva

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Join Ohio Art League member-artist Todd Hickerson, along with clay aficionados Lena Simonian and Eric Immelt, for a symphony of color, light and form in Modern Primitiva; an exhibition which explores the iconic artistry of oceanic culture using natural elements, materials, and textures.

Modern Primitiva will be on display at Clayspace’s Gallery 831 March 9th through the 28th.

Opening Reception: Friday, March 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

While you’re visiting the Clayspace website, make sure you check out the vast array of classes and workshops the artists offer. With skill levels from novice to expert, it’s easy to find a course well-tailored to your goals.


Modern Primitiva: An Illumination

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Modern Primitiva: An Illumination

OAL member, Todd Hickerson, will be showing individual and collaborative work at the exhibition.

March 9-28

Opening Reception

Friday, March 13th 6-9 pm

Featuring individual and collaborative works by

Todd Hickerson, Lena Simonian, and Eric Immelt.

An exhibition exploring the iconic artistry of Oceanic culture blending primitive expressions with modern media and techniques.

The lighting portion of the show is inspired by the illuminating spirit of Papua New Guinea and its graphical representations of life, ancestry, and traditions.

Gallery 831

831 S Front St

Columbus, OH 43206

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 3-9 pm & Saturday 1-6 pm

Creative Collaboration at Gallery 831!

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Creative Collaboration

Gallery 831

Opening reception Friday, January 9, 6-9pm.

Exhibition runs from January 9th to January 30th

It is an exhibition featuring individual and collaborative work by ceramic artists Kevin Russell and Richard Paldino celebrating clay and the creative process.

For more information check out!

New Classes at CLAYSPACE! Ceramics!


New Classes start January 5th!

Registration for the 8 week class is only $280 per person! It includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes, firing, open studio time during the session and a student gallery show and raku firing at the end of the session. Evening classes meet from 6:30- 9:00 pm once a week for 8 weeks. Classes are small, ensuring students a high level of individual attention.

There is also a 4 week Raku Class for $150 per person, which is Mondays from 6:30-9:00pm, January 5-26.

Play with Fire! Spend 3 weeks making work to raku and spend the last class firing the raku kiln. Work can be made on or off the potter’s wheel and textured for the kiln. The 3rd class will focus on glazing and the final class will focus on the firing process. Raku is an exciting and rewarding way to fire your work. The fire and smoke from the reduction chambers add drama to the process and create stunning surfaces on the work.

For more information go to or email Todd Hickerson at

Hollowform: Call for Entries

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Enclosed vessels carry such a rich history in both their contents, their creation and the reflections of the society that created them. The Cultural Arts Center seeks to further understanding of the “format” across mediums – shape, texture, primary mass, usability, ceremony, rhythm, shoulder, mouth, and lid – the common language of the hollow vessel. Sculptors, this means you!

Deadline for submission is October 18!

With this event, CAC hope exhibit hollow vessels (literal or interpretive) in wood, glass, or ceramic mediums. Hollowform will provide networking opportunities and connections between disciplines that will add more value to artists’ work and create opportunities for collaboration, promotion and elevation of value in their collective work.

Hollowform will be exhibited from November 21 to December 27, 2014 in the Cultural Arts Center Main Hall Gallery. An Opening Reception is to be held on Nov. 21 from 6 – 8 pm.

Use your imagination to interpret to viewers the best use of negative space. Find out more, or apply today!

Rosalind Mercier & Nicole Strouss works in One Night Live Auction!

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Our members ROCK! Thanks to all of your handwork and support, we are able to make this organization run like a well-oiled machine– we like to think so, anyway 🙂

That being said, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge Rosalind M. Mercier and Nicole Strouss and give them both electronic high-fives for donating work to our One Night Live Auction! All the works in the Live Auction, including the two displayed below, will be available for purchase the night of the event, October 10! Get your tickets here!

Nicki Strouss enjoys creating both functional and sculptural work and continues to work with local artists and various other learning institutions and teaches ceramics and yoga. Her  vessels reference figures and endless possibility. Her preferred mediums used include high fire clay, wool, paper, wax, and any number of other household implements to create a rich surface that is best experienced when held in hand. The textures and earthy colors apparent in her work illicit a response from viewers that attribute to an infinite imagination. Check out one of her works, Green Tile, that will appear in the Young Collectors Series of the Auction at One Night.


Rosalind M. Mercier is a graduate of Columbus School for Girls and The Ohio State University.  Her first career was as a union makeup artist for films & television in Hollywood, followed by the BBC in London, England.  Mercier left to pursue portraiture, following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather, a well-known British portrait artist.  She specializes in both people & animals and has a painting in the private collection of Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. You can see Oncourse firsthand below!


For those of you members who have yet to submit, you’ve got until midnight Monday!!!! Deadline for submission is 11:59 pm October 6.

As the Cones Fall

Come explore ‘As the Cones Fall’

Everyone is welcome!

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A unique exhibition that investigates the characteristics and endless possibilities of wood firing, raku, and multiple glaze firings.

Featuring work by Clayspace artists: Bob Paxton, Mike Latham, Mark Hutton, Matt Gilbert


Ohio Art League member artist Todd Hickerson

Looking for a wonderful way to spend a summer evening? What better way then at a Raku Party!

Opening Reception and Raku Party


Friday, June 27th from 6-9pm

at Gallery 831

(831 S Front St, Columbus, OH 43206)

(614) 449-8144

Guests may purchase and glaze a handmade piece of pottery for $40 and watch as it’s fired in our raku kiln. The kiln is heated to 1900 degrees and opened to expose the red hot pottery inside.The work is removed with tongs and placed in metal cans filled with combustible material which is ignited by the hot work. Wiping off the ashes from the fire reveals flashes of brilliance and metallic shine.

While you wait for your masterpiece relax & enjoy the gallery show ‘As the Cones Fall’.

Join in on the fun; great art, great company, and great creations!

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Diana / Sarah Palin (Roman goddess of the hunt.)


Front Row Center’s March 2014 edition by GCAC (Greater Columbus Arts Council) features an interview and article about one of OAL’s very own, Sarah Hahn.

A local artist of Columbus, Sarah Hahn focuses on classic works of Ancient Greece, but with a twist. She creates amazing real life sculptures of some of today’s most well known pop culture figures in the Classical style. Sarah works in the mediums of ceramic and performance pieces. 

Check out the full interview and article!



Nessus / Charlie Sheen

(Spring Juried Exhibition, Ohio Art League 2013)


Call for Entries: Majestic Galleries 8th National Juried Exhibition 2014


Majestic Galleries is proud to announce this year’s juror Dr. Louis Zona, Director of The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown State University. Dr. Zona has received a number of national honors including the Gari Melchers Medal in 1996 for his outstanding contribution to American Art and culture. He is the author of numerous articles on art and art history and he is a major contributor to the recent Abrams publication Master Paintings from The Butler Institute of American Art.

The competition is open to all artists age 18 and older living and working in the United States or Canada

Submit original work produced in the last 2 years

Media and processes accepted include drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, textiles, new media, electronic and interactive, installation, and video.

Cash prizes for first, second and third places in the amounts of $400, $200 and $100, plus several honorable mention awards. Additionally, cash award winners are offered an exhibition to show their work at Majestic Galleries in 2015.

Entry deadline is May 14th, 2014

For submission guideline, calendar and entry form information go to their website and select the link for Majestic National.