Monday, July 21, 2014

Video Release of NCECA 2014 Process Room Demonstration

VIDEO RELEASE: Weathered Surfaces & Earthenware Handbuilding  Now available via the NCECA Blog

This is a condensed version of a 30 minute demonstration that shows my terra sigillata and washes application method of surface treatment on earthenware forms. 

A download of a two-page handout (pdf) I created to support the demonstration is available via this link.  If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me:


Monday, July 7, 2014

After the NCECA conference my work began to focus on two upcoming exhibitions: 2014 Ceramic Invitational: Paper and Clay (June 6 - July 11, 2014) Bloomington, Minnesota and Illuminative: Art of Academia (June 2 - September 2, 2014) Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Images from the Paper and Clay exhibition are featured below. 

Upcoming in 2015 is an exhibition at Rhode Island College located in Providence, Rhode Island entitled: Ceramic Mothers.  The exhibition will be in conjunction with the 2015 NCECA conference. The exhibition was curated by Kate Fisher and features the work of contemporary ceramic artists who are also mothers.  Kate has been researching the impact motherhood on contemporary ceramic artists.  This exhibition is the first event in support of that research.


A condensed video of my recent demonstration: Weathered Surfaces and Earthenware Handbuilding (Process Room Demonstration) will be released via NCECA (youtube channel/NCECA blog) later this summer.  When that becomes available I will post a link on this blog, website and facebook site.

Paper and Clay,
Inez Greenberg Gallery, Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, Bloomington, Minnesota. 
Curated by Randy Johnston, the exhbition features the work of: Wayne Branum, Mike Helke, Randy Johnston, Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Maren Kloppmann, Warren MacKenzie, Ron Meyers, Mark Pharis, and myself. 
To view more images of the exhibition visit my facebook page: Rhonda Willers Art

Arch, graphite on paper, 18"x24"
earthenware, terra sigillata and washes

Rest, vellum, acrylic paint, wire, earthenware clay, terra sigillata, 12"x18"

Related (series of three basin forms), earthenware, terra sigillata and washes
 Rest in background

Related, detail image, earthenware, terra sigillata and washes,
each basin form approximate diameter 18" x 6" high

The older siblings enjoying the shores of Lake Superior
My husband and I are happily expecting the arrival of our third baby this coming August.  Our toddlers are excited to become older siblings to a baby sister.  Anticipating this arrival and change in life, means I will take a brief break from concentrated studio time, but will continue working towards 2015 exhibitions.  Currently, I am developing a series from the piece above entitled, Rest

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Upcoming Events - NCECA 2014 Material World - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I'm pleased to announce several upcoming events: 

All of the events are a part of the conference programming for the 2014 NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Conference to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 19th - 22nd

Demonstration, Processes Room:  Weathered Surfaces & Earthenware Handbuilding, Ballroom A, Thursday, March 20th, 2-2:30pm (conference pass required)
Using clay slabs and bisque molds as a starting point, Rhonda creates delicate, handbuilt earthenware vessels that are enriched with weathered colors and textures. Join Rhonda for a demonstration of handbuilding methods and surface enrichments with layered terra sigillatas and washes. Handouts will be provided. 
NCECA Connection: Life Outside of the Material, time, date, room details to follow (conference pass required)
Discussion group co-lead with Marjorie Wade of Spiritworks Pottery (Stillwater, Minnesota)

Exhibition: (coordinator & exhibiting artist) Grounded in Wisconsin, Wisconsin Center, Wednesday, March 19th - Friday, March 21st, Hours: 9am-6pm, Reception: Thursday, March 20th, 6-8pm, free and open to the public

Vessel Collection, earthenware, terra sigillata & washes

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Upcoming Studio Sale

You're Invited

Harvest Time Studio Sale

Guest Artist Marjorie Wade of Spiritworks Pottery, Stillwater, MN
Saturday, October 12th 10am-5pm and Sunday, October 13th 11am - 3pm

Image from 2011 Harvest Time Studio Sale

The Still Life

When thinking of ideas for exhibition titles, the idea of "The Still Life" came to me as I was making some simple hand-built bowls one afternoon, during my children's nap time.

Originally the idea stuck with me because I have been thinking about how much I enjoy still life compositions, and I thought it would be an interesting project to give myself: create a series of objects from clay to then arrange into a still life to draw and paint.

After a bit of reflection, I realized that maybe I was drawn to the seemingly benign idea of a still life because my life isn't so still right now with two kids - ages three and one and a half.  Another connection I made was to my life in a rural setting.  The stillness that I experience in my daily surroundings provide a source of grounding and a reminder of the potential that surrounds us every day.

a nice still moment

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A new venture

First off, a warm welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.  Maybe you found me via my artist website: or maybe you happened to stumble upon the blog on your own, regardless I'm glad you're visiting.

My intention is to use the blog space to post more current on-goings as related to my studio life, teaching life and maybe a little of just regular life, too.

I hope you enjoy!