The ODU Ceramics Program Presents:
Annual ODU Student Pottery Sale!
Where?        ODU Webb Center Rabbi Reich room 1102
When?          Monday Dec 3rd-Friday Dec 7th
What time?   11:00-4:00
Who?            ODU Ceramic Students and Faculty

Proceeds of the sales the donated work  and the clothing , book and food will benefit the Dwelling Place, providing emergency shelter for homeless families in Norfolk.

>NOTE: We are collecting pillows, twin-sized sheets, canned food,
children’s books and children’s clothing to benefit The Dwelling Place,
an emergency shelter for homeless families in Norfolk

>Wish List
>We welcome your donations  you can drop them off during the sale. Monday
>Dec 3rd-Friday Dec 7th -11:00-4:00.

Richard Nickel



from the Examiner:

Kitsch, handmade in Virginia, will have its grand opening this weekend in the Ghent section of Norfolk. Their slogan, ‘Loving Virginia, a handmade life and promoting the folks that make it happen’ is an appropos description of their mission.  They will carry handmade items made in Virginia, offer classes, and workshops to celebrate the creativity of local artisans.

This weekend’s festivities will feature music, refeshments, crafter demos, ‘make and takes’, a raffle, and great stuff made in Virginia.  The grand opening hours on Saturday are 11 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm  to 5 pm.

Kitsch, handmade in Virginia, is located at 807 Shirley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517 just off Colley Avenue in the heart of historic Ghent.

For more information, they can be reached at:

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NEED to stuff some stockings? Well, we have just the right thing to fit !

The Annual ODU Ceramics Student’s Pottery Holiday Sale  will begin next week!

When?  Starting  Monday December 5th -Ending Friday Dec 9th
What Time?       11:00 am – 3:00 PM
WHERE?           ODU Webb Center Student Art Gallery

Ride your sled to the the Annual ODU Ceramics Program Pottery Holiday Sale ! Support our students!

Part of the proceeds are given to For Kids : Breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and children

to learn more or to give to FORKIDS:

facebook link for pottery sale:




“Cheek by Jowl” New work from Richard Nickel and Wade Mickley Drawings, ceramics, sculpture and general aesthetic messin’ around We are welcoming Richard Nickel back for his 2nd show along with the talented Wade Mickley. Please join us for the opening Oct 7th 6-9. Show runs Oct 7th -28. Gallery hours Tues – Sat 11 to 6. Richard’s site:

Wade’s site: FB –…


Babies were crawling all over the place

 e-mails From God’s Glue Factory Closeout Sale

The Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College (VAC) announces its fall exhibition. Richard Nickel: e-mails from God’s Glue Factory closeout sale will run from September 12 through November 3, 2011. The Artist’s Reception will be held on Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m. An informal Gallery Talk by the artist will precede the opening at 6 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

In his solo exhibition, painter and potter Richard Nickel (Norfolk, VA) presents work that is made from recycled clay and wood. Contrary to a more serious and solitary approach to art making, Nickel searches for humor in the lighter side of human existence and furthermore shows its necessity for a deeper understanding of the human condition. Love, hope, family and community are recurring themes in his work.

Nickel’s work is frequently recognizable, colorful, symbolic, and at times autobiographical, and presented in two- and three-dimensional ways. Mainly figurative, his characters are depicted in everyday routines: men build houses; women tend to children; friends gather together. All are joyful and live in a world where there is perpetual promise and hope.



Richard Nickel Invited as Virginia Delegate to Empty Bowls Japan



This past October Associate Art Professor Richard Nickel was invited to represent Virginia as a delegate for the Empty Bowls Japan. Empty Bowls Japan is a charitable organization that connects, potters, educators and business to partner together to make pottery and hold fundraisers in the community to raise money for the needy.


It was an honor to meet the businessmen working with Silver City and the Mayor of Obihiro. It was humbling to see politicians and large businesses working with potters and the community to pull together to feed the displaced people in the wake of the devastating typhoon and Fukishima incident. They are hurting very much. I understand now how they still need our help and how they appreciate our support.


Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.


As delegates from Virginia , Richard Nickel, Akiko Tanaka and Marjorie Ramono visited Tokyo, Shinjuku, Hakone, and various cities in Hokkaido Japan attending and giving speeches at the Empty Bowl Fundraisers in each city.


Richard Nickel and Akiko Tanaka

Bowls Made by local Japanese Potters for the Empty Bowls Charity


The Empty Bowls Ceremony

Richard Nickel Associate Professor and Program Director of Art Education  at Old Dominion University Art Department was invited to donate several artworks to the 10th Annual ForKids Art Action and Casino Night.

ForKids has developed a unique Continuum of Services to meet the wide spectrum of need found in homeless families.  Throughout our programs, the focus is on developing self-sufficiency through case management, counseling, life skills education, children’s services, mental and physical health care services, transportation, and childcare.  In addition, our extensive Children’s Services program targets the intellectual, emotional, social, and developmental well-being of our children, with the goal of preparing them for success in school and independent futures. We believe in providing opportunities — not handouts.

If you are interested in finding out more about ForKids or volunteering please follow this link:


Richard Nickel Associate professor and Program Director of Art Education  at Old Dominion University Art Department was asked to jury and present awards for the the 4oth anniversary student art exhibition and reception at Tidewater Community college.  The annual exhibition consisted of over 200 diverse examples of drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, glass and ceramics from TCC students.  The exhibition continues March 27 through April 24, 2011.

Click here to see an examples of the work from the exhibition: