A New Look. The Same Attitude.

A rebrand and a remodeling centered on community and creation. 

Perhaps you're noticing something, well, different about Kentucky Mudworks: some new colors, a URL, a 2nd location, maybe? Well, it's all a part of a larger - and long overdue - rebrand. Rebranding is definitely in vogue right now: lots of companies, in all fields, are pining at the opportunity to "start over." While a fresh coat of paint and a hip wordmark are an easy way to make something seem relevant and exciting again, we wanted to do more than just that. What we've been working on for the past year is a total overhaul. We've restructured, expanded, and are setting the stage for even more work in clay; both ours, and yours. 

So why did we do it? For starters, operating in the ceramic industry is messy, difficult, and, usually hot, work. Whether you are an independent artist, a classroom teacher, a curator, or a manufacturer/distributor like us, the same rules apply: there's a lot to know, and there's a lot to keep organized. Everything has its own set of rules and small idiosyncratic needs. So, if you're not on top of things, even the smallest of operations become hectic. Plus, let's be honest here, the shit's heavy. And when it's not heavy, it's often fragile. Somehow, ceramics requires of us the most brutish tenacity, while also enjoining us with delicacy. It demands planning and myriad reconciliation. 

That word, reconciliation, was one we thought much of during our own rebrand. To stay organized, we needed to find ways of making the desperate sections of our business (and ceramics at large), live alongside one another in a clear, intelligible way. Monster-Mash Clay Kids Camps right next to fifty-pound bags of Zircopax Plus? What kind of lunatic website sells that? A 3000 lb. pallet of Standard 308 next to a 1/4 lb. wooden pottery tool? What kind of bookkeeping system and what team of employees can keep track of that spectrum of product? Well, we had to do some digging, and some serious building to figure it out. 

To be fair, we had a first crack at this website/rebrand about a year ago and it failed miserably. Like, it was really bad. Like, actual tear-inducing badness. You might be a customer who remembers our last website. If you are, and you came back to see us again, we have two things to say: 

1) We're sorry for that.

2) But, you won't regret coming back. 

From here on out, there are no more second chances. We're gonna get this right for you. If there's a problem, we want to hear it, and we want to fix it. We're cutting out the middleman for our products and our business. This is a company of artists and potters, for other artists and potters. 

What's that mean for the future of Kentucky Mudworks? After scratching our heads for many months, here's what we can finally say:

"Kentucky Mudworks exists to promote a community of ceramic literacy and enthusiasm. From classes and supplies, to residencies, workshops and events: we're dead fucking serious about clay."

So stay tuned, and as always, keep making.

 

Luke
Creative Director
Kentucky Mudworks

 

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"Vessels," Opening Reception Feb 1st

 

Don't miss the reception for the show "Vessels, Interpretations and Iterations," organized by IUS Ceramics and Juried by Bill Wilke. All work is for sale and first-come-first-served.

Opening Reception from 4-7pm on February 1st at Kentucky Mudworks, 506 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204.  

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Mellwood Art Center

This is the first year for the Mellwood March Art Show; the intent for this show is to make it accessible to all age artists. Here at Mellwood we are trying to keep costs down for the artist so emerging artists have the opportunity to participate. 

Location:

Mellwood Art Center 1860 Mellwood Avenue, Louisville KY, 40206

Fee:
Jury Fee: $20.00 none refundable
Booth fee: $110.00 for both days
You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.

Show Dates:
March 4th and 5th 2017
Application deadline- December 16th 2016

Read more about the show and download the app at mellwoodartcenter.com

Call for Entries

Vessels: Interpretations and Iterations

We are very excited to announce this show organized by IUS Ceramics and juried by Bill Wilkey. Honored to be hosting it as the inaugural show in our gallery space, MANTLE. Get hyped for some great pots coming to town. For more information about the show and how to apply, click here.

2016 Lexington Empty Bowls

Come join us again on October 15th for our annual Empty Bowls event in Lexington, benefitting (the totally awesome) Movable Feast. 

2016 Lexington Empty Bowls

Show Applications You Should Be Watching

This September is chock-fulla' great show opportunities for our regional ceramic/sculptural artists. Check out a few of these that we found the most interesting: 

 

Ninth Annual Cup Show: Form and Function

Deadline: September 8th, 2016 (PASSED)

Prospectus and Application info

More info about National Clay Week

 

The Nude Figure: Wayne Art Center

Deadline: September 9th, 2016 (PASSED)

Prospectus and Application info

 

Craft Forms, 2016: Wayne Art Center

Deadline: September 14th, 2016 (PASSED)

Prospectus and Application info

 

Beyond the Brickyard: Archie Bray

Deadline: September 15th, 2016 (PASSED)

Prospectus and Application info

 

SUSTAIN: Manifest Gallery

Deadline: September 16th, 2016 (PASSED)

Prospectus and Application info

 

SCHEMA: Manifest Gallery

Deadline: September 19th, 2016 (PASSED)

Prospectus and Application info

 

The Democratic Cup: Illustration Contest

Deadline: September 27th, 2016 (PASSED)

Prospectus and Application info

 

Grand Opening Extravaganza!

(This time, it's forreal

Kentucky Mudworks Grand Opening

 

Everybody come get schwifty with us Friday 8/26th from 5-8pm and Saturday 8/27th from 10am-4pm. See our new Louisville store and facility, some amazing clay demonstrations, many of our favorite vendors and brands, and chances to win excellent equipment. 

 

Friday Night  Come Drink with Us

8/26 from 5-8pm

Come wine and cheez with us and Jason Burnett while he signs copies of his book, "Graphic Clay: Ceramic Surfaces & Printed Image Transfer Techniques." Drink out of cups made from some of our new clay bodies and - while they last - take em home for free! So get in here early and stick around, know what we're sayin?

 

Saturday  Events on Saturday

8/27 from 10am-4pm

All day long we've got foolish stuff going on. Starting at 10am our vendors will be out showing their new stuff, be on the lookout:

  • Skutt Kilns
  • Mayco Colors
  • Western Glazes
  • AMACO Brent

 

Throughout the rest of Saturday we'll have these demo's, events, and giveaways you'll want to stick around for:

10:30am-11am "Anatomy of a Kiln," with Mike from Skutt

Learn the ins and outs of your kiln from this quick Q&A from Skutt. 

11am-12pm "Pinch Pots and Handbuilding with Style," Tonya Johnson

Artist Tonya Johnson demonstrates some of her new work, with both ergonomics and functionality in mind. 

12:30pm-2pm "Clay Olympics

Local ceramic artists, show your stuff! There will be no shortage of competitions to see which clay-slinger will reign supreme. Winners receive $25 gift certificates (woo!) Past events have included:

  • Blindfolded Throwing
  • Tallest Pot
  • Speed Bowl Relay Team

 

2pm-3pm "Graphic Clay Demo and Q&A," with Jason Burnett

Jason will demonstrate various screen printing and image transfer techniques on clay from his book, "Graphic Clay: Ceramic Surfaces & Printed Image Transfer Techniques." 

3-3:30pm "Mudworks Shirt Silk Screening and Wheel Raffle" with...everybody!

A $2 raffle ticket not only gets you a chance to win a brand new Shimpo VL-Lite, but it also gets you a freshly screen printed Kentucky Mudworks shirt (on a shirt of your own choosing)! We know, it's awesome. To participate in the raffle, just bring a washed shirt or apron, and we'll screen print your new shirt, on site, and enter your name into the drawing hat.

*The winner of the wheel raffle will be announced at 3:30pm! Printed shirts can be picked up anytime after Monday 8/29 at 9am. 



 

In addition to all this goodness, be sure to check out our clearance table, glaze samples, many micro-sales, and otherwise open house merriment all weekend. 

Questions? Shoot one over at info@kymudworks.com or give us a call at (502) 915-7790

 

 

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