Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop:


John Krouse, Boston Valley Terra Cotta

John B. Krouse, President of Boston Valley Terra Cotta, holds his B.S. in Ceramic Engineering and minor in Ceramic Sculpture from Alfred University.  His engineering, artistic expertise, and 32 years of experience guides the manufacture of terra cotta products for several markets while consistently expanding the state of the art facility and equipment.

Bill Pottle, Boston Valley Terra Cotta

Bill Pottle is the Director of Business Development for Boston Valley Terra Cotta and has been with the company since 2012.  The majority of Bill’s career has been spent in architectural sales working with architects and construction professionals across the globe. Bill’s responsibilities include new business development, managing BVTC’s sales network, directing marketing programs, and major contract negotiations, and managing BVTC’s estimating and project management teams.

Mic Patterson, Schuco USA

Mic Patterson has made a career study and practice of building facades. He is Director of Strategic Development for Schuco-USA, the Ambassador of Innovation & Collaboration for the Façade Tectonics Institute, and PhD candidate at the University of Southern California. He has taught, written and lectured on varied aspects of advanced façade technology, and the author of Structural Glass Facades and Enclosures: Wiley.

Keynote Address: Material Matters: Durability, obsolescence, adaptability and the embodied impacts of the building shell

How long should a building last? How about the façade system? What are the impacts of longevity in buildings? What occurs faster in buildings, deterioration or obsolescence? What roles do innovation and complexity play in providing sustainable outcomes? This interactive discussion addresses these questions and more to provocative affect, providing something of a reality check on the current state of sustainability in contemporary architecture, and pointing to future trajectories of relevant exploration.

Gerd Hoenicke, Schuco International

Craig Mutter, CannonDesign

A Design Principal at CannonDesign, Craig brings over 28 years of experience practicing architecture in New England, the US, and Internationally. With an emphasis on Cultural and Higher Educational Institutions, Craig’s project experience spans a variety of project typologies, including Museums, Visual and Performing Arts, Academic, Campus Design, Historic Sites, and Residential. His main interest is in transforming historic structures, contexts and cultural landscapes. His projects have earned numerous design awards, and each is characterized by a skilled approach to materiality and a thoughtful approach to place making — believing buildings should not only make a bold architectural statement, but also deliver genuine civic value. Prior to joining CannonDesign, Craig led the design of the Wall-Apelt Center for Asian Art at the Ringling Museum of Art as a Principal at Machado Silvetti. Craig is a licensed architect and a LEED-accredited professional.

William M. Carty, Ph.D., Alfred University

Dr. William Carty is the John F. McMahon Professor and Chair of Ceramic Engineering at Alfred University.  He received a B.S. and M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from UMR (Missouri), a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Washington, and joined Alfred University in 1993.  He teaches extensively (engineering classes during the school year and “Ceramic Science for the Artist” workshops in the summer) and has researched all aspects of traditional ceramics production.  He is a frequent contributor to NCECA, has learned to speak the proper language (i.e., the language of the artist), and has an unbridled passion for understanding the why of ceramics.

Dr. Krishna Rajan, University at Buffalo

Presentation: Exploring Design at the Nexus of Architecture and the Science of Materials

The concept of “design” is core to both the fields of architecture and to the study of the science of materials. In this presentation, I will take a materials scientist’s perspective of where there may be opportunities for innovation that lie at the nexus between these two disciplines by harnessing the principles of design.

Anne Currier, Studio Artist

Anne Currier received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and her MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle. Ms. Currier has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Virginia A. Groot Foundation. She was honored with the American Crafts Council College of Fellows career achievement award. Her sculptures are in numerous private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institutions, Washington, D.C; Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany; The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. Commissions include Arrow International, Reading, PA and Miller Theater, Alfred, NY. Ms. Currier is professor emerita of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She lives in Scio, NY with her husband, George Hrycun, an artist and avid fly fisherman.


*These are just a few of the participants involved in the ACA Workshop.

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John B. Krouse
President / General Manager, Boston Valley Terra Cotta

Bill Pottle
International Marketing Manager, Boston Valley Terra Cotta

Omar Khan
Chair of Architecture, University at Buffalo

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