Don’t Miss out on the 50 Women Exhibit!

by Logan Snook and Thea Voutiritsas

There are only 9 days left to see the 50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contributions to Ceramics exhibit at the American Jazz Museum ! 50 female artists from around the world contributed to making this the first all-female ceramics exhibit, a landmark feat. Works featured range from sculptural, functional, and installation ceramics. You can check out some footage from the exhibit and interviews with featured artists on our YouTube channel.

Tip Toland. African Child With Albinism.

Tip Toland. African Child With Albinism.

Shalene Valenzuela. Cinched.

Shalene Valenzuela. Cinched.

Beth Lo. What We Pass On.

Beth Lo. What We Pass On.

Virginia Scotchie. Blue Note.

Virginia Scotchie. Blue Note.










The exhibit runs through May 13th at the American Jazz Museum (1616 East 18th Street, Kansas City, Missouri). This is an exhibit you will not want to miss!

Featured Artist: Tip Toland

by Matiara Huff

In honor of the 50 Women Exhibit, we have conducted an interview with Tip Toland, one of the 50 very talented ceramicists involved in this exhibit.


African Child with Albinism

Tip Toland earned her BFA in Ceramics at the University of Colorado. She later earned an MFA in Ceramics from Montana State University. Her sculptures are hyper realistic and often larger than life. Her striking work and unique talent were showcased in the 50 Women Exhibit.

It’s a great honor to be included. I think many more could have been included though I don’t actually hope to accomplish anything from being included except to show people my work.

As a female ceramicist, she brings a unique experience and point of view to the table.

My experience as a woman in the field has been multi-faceted. I am very grateful to have had exposure and been asked to show my work. There are still so many really deserving women whose work is so good whose work need to be seen. I hope perhaps this show can promote that to happen.

If you would like more information on the exhibit or the American Jazz Museum a link is provided here. You can also view more of Tip Toland’s work here.

A Sneak Peek at the 50 Women Exhibit

by Logan Snook

The 50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics exhibit opened March 16th, and the world-class works featured in the exhibit are thought provoking and incredibly varied.

Just how varied? Take a look at the works presented by ceramic artists Shalene Valenzuela and Virginia Scotchie. Both artists presented ceramic works that are dramatically different esthetically, stylistically, and symbolically.


S.Valenzuela - Beware of Shap EdgesS.Valenzuela - cinchedShalene Valenzuela

My exploration of issues focusing on women is important to me for many reasons. Personally, this study resonates with a particular history of my changing perception of me and my role in this lifetime. However, my investigations speak to a greater issue of how women in general perceive themselves and are seen in society, historically and today. In examining the larger picture, I see my exploration of these issues addressing self perception and expectations reaching beyond just purely feminist concerns. It’s a question of how we all strive to attain impossible ideals based on what others define we should be.

Explore Shalene’s website for more on her as an artist and her art.



Virginia Scotchie

 vscotchie042015_18Exploration in the studio is and on-going visual investigation of man-made and natural objects. Usually these consist of small things; ordinary in many ways, but possessing and odd quirkiness that pulls me to them. In some cases I do not know the objects particular purpose, function or where it may have originated. I feel this lack of knowledge allows me to see the object in a clearer light…I do not wish for this work to be named or labeled, rather, it is my intention that through the borrowing and reformation of objects the work might trigger one to look closer and find beauty and intrigue in the humble, ordinary and familiar objects that surround us.

Explore Virginia’s website for more on her as an artist and her art.


The 50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics exhibit is open to the public through May 13th at the Changing Art Gallery at the American Jazz Museum.

Come Celebrate 50 Women and their Stunning Ceramics

By Danielle Lyons

This event, spo50Years_logo.jpgnsored by the University of Missouri Kansas City Women’s Center and the American Jazz Museum showcases 50 diverse women artist from around the world and the contributions they are making to the ceramic arts. Special thanks goes out to the curators, Alex Kraft and Anthony Merino; two talented artist themselves. As well as Arzie Umali, assistant director of the UMKC Women’s Center, for organizing the event. The 50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics. The exhibit will be displayed through March 16th through May 13th. The artists on showcase are an array of diverse and hugely talented artists.

Come out and experience the beauty and art that these powerful women have created!

Words with a Curator: Alex Kraft

As the Makers Curate/Curators Make and 50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics exhibits rapidly approach, we spoke with one of the curators, Alex Kraft.!artist-statement–bio/csep

Kraft is a professional working ceramic artist herself, as well as an educator. Her vision for the 50 Women Exhibit first appeared when she and another curator, Anthony Merino, realized that neither of them could name an exhibition that highlighted women in ceramics:

Tony and I were chatting at the 2013 NCECA and could not recall a previous exhibition that dealt specifically with women’s contribution to ceramics. We each researched further and were still unable to find any exhibition that showcased the breadth of women’s work in clay. We made it our mission to fill this gap and 50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics was born. The podcast we recorded with Ben Carter of Red Clay Rambler may be of interest to you and readers.

Kraft calls the contributions women have made to ceramics, “beyond calculation.” The 50 Women exhibit will recogniez a cross section of women working in clay today, presenting the art of fifty contemporary female artists. Their work falls both inside and outside of contemporary practice and includes sculpture, pottery, tile, and installation. As Kraft explained:

“The diverse group of artists selected has a varied range of experience, training, and recognition within the field of ceramics. In order to showcase the widest range of possibility, we have intentionally chosen artists working in a broad spectrum of the ceramic material with varying formal and content driven concerns.”

The 50 Women Exhibit will be a landmark exhibition at the 50th anniversary of the NCECA conference. It is the first large-scale exhibition of women’s contributions to ceramics, and aims to showcase the unprecedented amount of highly skilled women in ceramic arts. “Public recognition of ceramic arts is increasing. Ceramic arts are BLOOMING,” said Kraft. “This show is to document the past, to celebrate the present, and to look forward to an exciting expanding future.”

The exhibition will take place at the American Jazz Museum from March 16 – May 13. Gallery hours vary.