Connie Norman
Connie Norman

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My Season of Lectures!!!

Friday, April 20th, 2012

In the last 30 days I have given three talks, one for the Delta Kappa Gamma Society on my trip to Ethiopia last summer, one for the Cheyenne Artists Guild on my work, and the last one on Wednesday for The Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper on my work and Contemporary Ceramics.

Delta Kappa Gamma

The talk for Delta Kappa Gamma was on Women, and Children in Ethiopia.  Although I always get nervous talking in front of people, this talk felt good, because I am raising awareness  on the difficulties of orphaned children in Ethiopia.  And since we are half a world away from their reality it is a worthy thing to bring cognizance to people how life is in Africa and mostly Ethiopia.

The Cheyenne Artist Guild

My next talk was at the Cheyenne Artists Guild asked me to talk about my work.  I brought in pieces and talked about my process and why and how I became an artist.  Although I was nervous for this talk it seemed very casual and my jitters soon subsided.  Here is a link to their blog to see what they said.

At the Cheyenne Artists Guild.

Beyond The Pot: Contemporary Ceramic Trends @ The Nic

My last talk at the Nicolaysen Museum sent me into cold sweats and hives.  I was stressed out for this talk.  And as I prepared for the talk I kept telling myself, “This is good practice.”  And this was my mantra for a few days, until I started answering back, “What the HELL am I practicing for?”  “What do I think I’m practicing for?”  “I’m not going to be giving any great speeches at the Oscars or anything.”  My inner turmoil was at an all-time high.  Casper is about 2 ½ hours from Cheyenne and spring in Wyoming is usually a very tricky time for travel, one hour it can be 70 degrees and the next hour we can be in a blizzard.  I started praying for snow, a blizzard, a tornado, a tsunami anything that would close the roads to Casper.

Well, I made it to Casper, unfortunately for me no natural disasters came up and the day was beautiful to drive to center of our state.  I gave my talk to an intimate group of people and Lisa Hatchadoorian the Nic’s Curator gave her talk right after me on Ceramics Beyond the Pot.   I survived!  And now I’m all practiced up for my Academy Award acceptance speech.  Ha!

Before the talk at the Nicolaysin.

Please notice that when my pots were projected that they were taller than I am.  Now if that isn’t intimidating I don’t know what is.

Ceramics Now

In other news, the Ceramics Now Exhibition I was in Cluj-Napoca, Romania has now re-opened in the Galateea Gallery in Bucharest, Romania.  So if you are in Romania from Apri 19 to May 7  head on over to the show.

Casper College

Also, I went to Casper College and saw the show, The Fishman by ceramic artist David Bogus.  He will be conducting a workshop on April 28 – 29.  I wish I could go.

The Fisherman by David Bogus

Persistence in Clay

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Julia Galloway

This weekend I had the pleasure of going to Casper, Wyoming to see the Persistence in Clay: contemporary ceramics in Montana, at the Nicolaysin Museum.  Unfortunately I missed the panel discussion on Friday, because I had to teach, but I drove up for the demos on Saturday, the demos on Saturday with Julia Galloway, Alison Rientjes, David Smith and Stephen Braun. 

These pictures are from a new app that I have called “Hipster”, it makes your pictures into postcards It automatically adds the location of where you are. 

I was delighted to catch up with with Julia Galloway on Saturday; we went to Alfred together, ooooh so long ago.  It’s been 20 plus years since Julia have seen each other.  As always it was great to sit down with old friends and hear what they have been doing.  I’m not surprised at Julia’s success; she was the hardest working person I’ve ever met.  She has really dedicated her life to ceramics.  The ceramics world is lucky to have her in it.  Julia’s work is absolutely stunning!  If you’re not familiar with her I recommend that you make the jump to her website and marvel at her prolific and amazing work. .

Take a quick tour of some of my favorites from the show.  I had so many favs I can’t post them all. 

Robert Harrison

Sarah Jaeger

Beth Lo

Shanna Fliegel

Stephen Braun

Robert Harrison talking about his work.

My 100th post!!! And the Nicolaysen Art Museum’s 25th Annual Dinner and Auction!!

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

The Nicolaysen Art Museum presents the 25th Annual Dinner and Auction Gala

Here is my donated artwork for their auction.


Friday, September 10, 2010 at 6 p.m.
at the Nicolaysen Art Museum

Tickets: $150 Members or $175 Non Members

Master of Ceremonies: Brian Scott

Black Tie Optional

Cuisine by Chef Bernard of Armor’s


Hors D’oeuvres
Savory cheesecakes baked in delicate, flaky phyllo cups
Fresh mozzarella balls, basil and roasted red pepper skewers
Salty and sweet bacon knots
Assorted fresh cheese and relish display

Tuscan cranberry almond salad

Main Course
Succulent filet mignon with a balsamic & red onion
reduction sauce
Crisp haricots verts with jicama and peppers
Roasted baby fingerling potatoes

Creamy layered chocolate trifle


If your in the area The Nic is a great museum.  Please come to support them!!

What’s in Your Business ToolKit? A Symposium on the Nuts and Bolts of Managing an Artistic Career

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I was asked to serve on a panel to discuss pricing and value at the “What’s In Your Business Toolkit?  A Symposium on the Nuts and Bolts of Managing an Artistic Career.” It will be held The Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming, August 5 – 6.  I’m honored to be asked.  But as always I’m a little nervous.

The Nic’s write up about the Symposium is…. It will utilize business and creative skills to enhance your visibility as an artist.  It is a business development symposium for visual artists at the Nicolaysen Art Museum August 5 -6, 2010.

Many artists wonder if it’s possible to make a living doing what they love most.  This two-day smorgasbord of information will illuminate the processes of becoming more visible and financially successful as an artist.  Tips, tricks, professional insights, as well as business skills and development will ve addressed in this symposium.

This Symposium will present sessions and panelists that will explore the following subjects:  Legal & Finance, Crafting a Business Plan, Marketing, Technology, Pricing & Value, Accounting.

Auction Time

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

I’ve donated this bowl to Anderson Ranch Art Center for their 30th Annual Art Auction to held on Saturday August 14.  More than 200 works of art will be auctioned live and silently.  My bowl is one of the silent ones.  I thrilled to be in the same show as Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst, and Adam Fuss.  (Can I say that?  Even those these guys are in the live auction and I’m in the silent auction, that I’m in a show with them?)  You can preview the works starting August 3, in the galleries there at AR.  ….Soooo, if you are in Snowmass, Colorado stop in and see some amazing artwork.

The money raised goes toward the educational programs at the Ranch.  If you haven’t been to Anderson Ranch is well worth your time and money.  I love it there.  I’ve taken many workshops and taught a few kids workshops there.  The Ranch has been so generous to me, and given me many scholarships, and I’ve learned so much there.  I’m so pleased that I can give back to them.

I have also donated a small bowl to The Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center to their fund raising event, Sensational Small Stuff Invitational, April 15-April 23.   The Nic’s show all works have to be approximately 5” x 7”.  It’s a fun show and always great to see what gets donated.  Auction night is April 23, make your way over to Casper, Wyoming and buy some Sensational Small Stuff.