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Common Ground: An ASM Exhibition of Ceramics
During NCECA's 53rd Annual Ceramics Conference
March 27th-30th
The Future, Minneapolis, MN

Art Shape Mammoth is a living network of shared ideas, experiences, and connections. With our roots in Minnesota, we have branched out to states east and west, but every year we come together again in the Midwest, to the Visitor Center Artist Camp in the UP of Michigan, where we hand-process the local red clay, and work together in support of intentional, sustainable community. We are bound by our love of the material, passion for the creative process, reverence for nature, and a drive to connect. This exhibition serves as a testament to the magic and joy of shared experience, as we come full-circle to Minneapolis, MN, where we first met and grew together as a creative community.

Common Ground includes ceramic work by Art Shape Mammoth artists Margaret Coleman, Rhea Dykoski, Jane Gordon, Amy Joy Hosterman, Sam Macfarlane, Chris Malec, Jeanine Malec, Rebecca Meszler, Linsey Moe, and Jordan Olsen, and a Handmade Mug Exhibition and Fundraiser featuring the sale of donated mugs from the larger ASM community, Artists TBA!  More info here
Public Workshop
Common Ground: Charms for a Claytopia
Wednesday, March 27th, 6-8pm
Sigil-Making Workshop with Jeanine Malec
Wednesday, March 27th, 6-8pm
A sigil is a symbol charged with intention, projected into the world to bring that idea into fruition. Join Art Shape Mammoth at 
The Future Minneapolis for a workshop on sigil design. Jeanine Malec of Nest & Tessellate will touch on the history of sigilcraft, noting examples of sigils from other geographies and where they are hidden in plain sight today. We will explore why we might want to make sigils of our own, how to design a sigil, and the energetic practice of charging and releasing these pictographs for positive change in our communities. In a hands-on exercise, participants will apply their own sigil designs to ceramic medallions.

Raku-Firing Sigils with Amy Joy Hosterman
Thursday, March 28th, 5-9pm
The following evening, ASM’s Traveling Kiln master 
Amy Joy Hosterman will lead the raku-firing of the medallions during the opening reception of Common Ground.

$40 per person. Create up to 3 ceramic sigils to take home after the firing!
Workshop Tickets Available Here!
Hot Cocoa in Handmade Mugs
Thursday, March 28th, 5-9pm
Mug Fundraiser, Exhibition Reception, & Raku Firings!

Purchase a Handmade Mug to support the educational workshops we do as a non-profit arts organization, and stay warm with a fancy hot beverage in your new favorite mug! Mugs will be donated from artists across the country. Follow us on Instagram @artshapemammoth for a sneak peek of each mug we receive, and show up early to snatch up your favorite!

Enjoy the Exhibition of ceramic sculpture and pottery by Art Shape Mammoth artists from across the country, who have come together in the Midwest to get their hands dirty, time and time again. Featuring work made from wild Midwestern clays.

Gather around the Traveling Kiln as we raku-fire our Charms for a Claytopia.
 ASM artists will be charging these sigils with positive intentions, conjuring them into being through fire, and releasing them into the world with love from Art Shape Mammoth, for a small suggested donation. To create your own ceramic sigils, Join us at the Workshop on Wednesday night, and your sigils will be fired during this event!

Operated by ASM Creative Director Amy Joy Hosterman, The Traveling Kiln is used to raku-fire small ceramic sculpture. Raku firing involves pulling red-hot clay pieces from the kiln and smoldering them in barrels of combustible material, creating beautiful lusters and smoky, crackled glaze surfaces.

Call for Artists:
Participate in NCECA with us
with a donation of a handmade mug for our fundraiser,
Hot Cocoa in Handmade Mugs!

Mail or deliver your mug by March 20th to:

Rhea Dykoski, 4133 4th Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55409


Please send your business card, and include your name, email, mailing address, and website or social media link along with your mug. You will receive a free drink ticket for the event, and a tax-deductible donation receipt.

Thank you for being a part of Art Shape Mammoth!

Visitor Center Artist Camp is a short-term, low-impact Artist Residency site, situated on a 120-acre camp bordering the Ottawa National Forest in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Explore creative practices influenced by the surrounding natural environment and focused on sustainability and self-sufficiency, while working and living communally in this beautiful wilderness environment.

JULY 27th - AUGUST 9th 2019
with Optional Extended Work Session, August 9th - 16th.

Immerse yourself in our Local Clay Workshop, digging, hand-processing, and firing the local clay on site; work on a project in Wood and learn from a lifelong logger, timber-framer, and DIY master at his Sawmill; or propose an Independent Project that can be supported by VCAC’s rugged setting, sustainable focus, and adventurous attitude.
Previous years’ artists have cast recycled aluminum into molds made from the local clay and sand, created site-specific installations in the forest, traveled the area capturing photographs of the old mining and logging towns nearby, brewed traditional Finnish-style beer, worked on video projects, and painted images of the inspiring UP landscape.
Adults of all creative backgrounds, experience levels, and fields of practice are encouraged to apply. You must be at least 18 years of age.
Applications will be reviewed and confirmed in the order received, until all spaces are filled. We have 12 spaces for this year's residency. Deadline for all applications is June 1st.
Questions? Contact Amy at

We still have a couple spots left for this amazing adventure!
June 17th-28th, 2019

This summer ASM is once again offering a relaxing, inspiring, creative retreat at this historic castle, working farm, and artist community in the Tuscan region of Italy! Most suitable for writing, painting, and photography, or ceramics studio access with a wood-firing kiln!

Find more info on our website here.

For further inquiry, and to sign up, email Margaret.

Hope everyone had a Happy Valentines Day!
We had a blast with the🔥Traveling Kiln🔥 at the

Loveland Sweetheart Festival February 9th & 10th!
Room, Artist Talks
Loveland Musuem Gallery
Loveland, CO
Thanks to all who came out for our Artist Talks at the Loveland Museum Gallery on March 1st! We walked-n-talked with Cori, discussing the real-world context and conceptual process of each piece, and saw the history of Joan's ever-evolving sculpture series with a slide presentation and talk about her work and process.
Board member Jim Costanzo's most recent book, wall street in black & white: fotos & text of an occupier was reviewed here.
Andrew Brown has work in the upcoming Young Space + Hastings College National Juried Exhibition at Jackson Dinsdale Art Center, in Hastings, NE.
ART SHAPE MAMMOTH is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to connecting artists to new communities and supporting the development of artistic practice, dialogue, education, and research through creative public exchange.

Our Programs Include:
An Artist Representation Program with thoughtfully curated exhibitions
A Cross-Cultural Exchange Program exhibiting artists across continents
ONE Arts Center gallery and workshop space in Vermont
Visitor Center Artist Camp wilderness residency in the UP of Michigan
Traveling Experiential Workshops in Metal-Casting and Ceramics

Support the Arts with a tax-deductible contribution to Art Shape Mammoth
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