Great River Pottery Throwdown

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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Six potters will compete in different challenges on wheels in front of an audience for three hours using technique and creativity on Saturday, July 13, 2024.

One winner will go home with a $250 cash prize after being judged.

2024 Contestants:

  • Dawn Ebbing
  • Deb Coyle
  • Shumpei Yamaki
  • Laura Warner
  • Detrich Totemeier
  • Jessi Tucci 

After the competition, the ceramic pieces will be raffled off to some lucky winners! The proceeds from this event will go towards our ever growing ceramic studio!

Tickets are $25 or get a table for 4 for $115. Front row tables are $130 each.

Doors open at 4:30pm, competition starts at 5pm.

Gallery Lounge will be open with beer, wine, and charcuterie boards.

2024 GRPTD Contestants

Dawn Ebbing

Dawn Ebbing is a cosmetologist at Compass Hair Salon, formerly Raze Hair Design. She is married to Jeff Ebbing, and they have three children and one grandson. 

In January, her daughter asked her to take a ceramics class as a fun activity before graduating from SCC. She now has her daughter to thank for her current addiction to pottery. She has also enjoyed a few pottery classes at the art center before and since. But Dawn would only consider herself an amateur only starting six months ago. 

Dawn is excited to compete in the Throw Down and help the Art Center of Burlington grow. Even if her amateur abilities shine.

Deb Coyle

I teach ceramics at Burlington High School, where I've been molding young minds (and plenty of clay) for several years. My love affair with ceramics has been going strong for over a decade, and though I've only been spinning the wheel for three years, I'm constantly on a quest to level up my skills and master new techniques. When I'm not getting my hands dirty with clay, you'll find me dreaming up new projects and inspiring my students to unleash their inner artists. Let's create something amazing together!

Shumpei Yamaki

Shumpei Yamaki was born and raised in Kamakura, Japan. He moved to Philadelphia in 1996 to study dance. He went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in archaeology at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

In 1999, Shumpei was injured in an automobile accident and enrolled in a ceramics class as physical therapy for his arm. He discovered his passion for ceramics, and in 2001 began an apprenticeship under Richard Bresnahan. He learned traditional Japanese pottery techniques, wood-firing, and ways to rely on local resources and resource conservation.

Shumpei went on to graduate studies at the University of Iowa, in 2002, taking full advantage of their strong wood-fire program.

In 2005, Shumpei moved to Brooklyn and participated in wood-firings in upstate New York with Tim Rowan and Roger Baumann. He returned to Iowa in 2009, where he is mainly working on functional ceramics and has been experimenting with local clay in his personal endeavors as a wood-fire potter.

Laura Warner

Laura Warner has been working with clay for the last 5 years. As an art major at Northern Illinois University, she took a pottery class, but the spark didn’t really ignite until a pre-pandemic return to college, where she worked as a studio tech between art classes at Western Illinois University. With a bit of clay and whimsy, she made a playful amphora featuring her two sons in a modernized version of Ajax & Achilles, which she titled “Abram & Marshall Playing a Game.” She has been hooked on clay and art puns ever since.
Laura fell in love with the raku process while working with artists Dee Schricker and Bonnie Grebner through the Bereskin Gallery and Art Academy in Bettendorf. Lately, she has been exploring different shapes as she pushes herself to create larger forms on the wheel. She currently shares her artistic passion as an instructor at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport.

Detrich Totemeier

Detrich has been working with clay for the last 10 years. He learned in high school but really started his love of the medium in John Bybees ceramic class at SCC. He worked as a studio technician learning how to prep clay, glazes and load kilns. Once he graduated he came here to the Artscenter in order to continue his practice. Detrich gets the biggest amount of support from his wife. The two of them do a lot of compilation work where Detrich will throw the forms and Morgan will alter and glaze them. Bowls are his go to form, but recently he has been exploring all sorts of other shapes from mugs, vases and altered pieces. What started as a fun way to get credits in college became what looks to be a lifelong passion.

Jessi Tucci

After working with this medium for over 15 years I am so lucky to have turned it into my career. As an instructor and studio tech I have been able to make my every work day feel like play. Teaching others the joy of ceramics has become as rewarding as creating my own work. Watching the art Center of Burlingtons Ceramic Studio grow into what is has become today and seeing the enthusiasm of this community children, teen and adults alike is something I never imagined I would experience. I look forward to all the years to come i get to dedicated to the ceramics arts.

2023 GRPTD Winner

Jessi Tucci

2022 GRPTD Winner

Linda Ross

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