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ClaySpace in Warrenville to host sculpture, ceramics exhibit

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ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Center

ClaySpace Ceramic Arts is preparing to host Clay, its biannual exhibition of sculpture and functional ceramic works that fit into a 12-by-12-inch cube.

Opening with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Warrenville Public Library, 28W751 Stafford Place, Warrenville, the exhibit by the nonprofit organization, in collaboration with the library and the city of Warrenville, will be open through March 30. Artists from across the country take up the challenge and enter.

The 50-piece exhibit will be judged and prizes awarded by nationally recognized ceramic artist Kurt Weiser of Tempe, Ariz. ClaySpace also will present workshops given by guest artists Deb LeAir, Nancy Gardner, Cory McCrory, Neil Estrick and Susan Delaney. For information and to register for workshops, visit clayspace.net.

The community of ClaySpace artists is dedicated to the art and education of ceramics and fused glass. ClaySpace offers a variety of classes and workshops taught by experienced educators, as well as activities for Scout groups and children's birthday parties in a fully equipped studio space.

ClaySpace is also an accredited provider for professional development credit through the Illinois State Board of Education, and its internship program is designed to support and mentor individuals who plan to pursue a career in the ceramic arts.

Dedicated to community outreach, ClaySpace provides workshops, social events, charity fundraisers and sales opportunities. ClaySpace is especially proud of its ongoing commitment to Empty Bowls, a fundraising effort that raises money for area food banks.

ClaySpace began in 2006 with a group of 20 ceramic artists and teachers. The community recently moved to Lisle, which offered the organization the opportunity to grow and expand on its mission.

"We now have the space to add more; a variety of classes, more resident artist members, and a larger gallery," founding member Marie Gnesda said.

ClaySpace has grown to 55 resident artists from all over the Western suburbs. For information, contact clayspace.net, info@clayspace.net or (630) 393-2529.

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