happening now

10,690 Wild Flowers

Each story of accessing abortion in the U.S. is unique and important.  According to the Guttmacher institute, in 2011 (the most recent year that statistics are available for) 10,690 people accessed abortion services in Oregon.  10,690 Wild Flowers honors each of those people’s experience, as well as each Oregonian who, for myriad reasons was unable to access the healthcare they needed, with a ceramic flower.  While Oregon has many safe guards in place that other states, such as my home state of Florida, do not, many are still unable to receive much needed healthcare because of restrictions due to the Hyde Amendment, barriers because of gender markers, immigration status and more.    Each flower is made during a community discussion/workshop hosted in collaboration with local reproductive justice organizations in which we will discuss the impact of these restrictions and the recently introduced House Bill 2232 or The Reproductive Health Equity Act.  Handmade flower bricks and vases filled with these flowers have been placed in the gallery and throughout Portland in reproductive health and justice organization’s offices and local businesses.  The goal is to make 10,690 ceramic flowers, each of which is for sale for $1.  All money raised is donated to organization in Portland working specifically folks who fall into these access gaps.  A zine is available in the gallery with information about the project, partner organizations and contributions from collaborators.

Exhibition and Opening Reception

Social Objects
A group exhibition by the artists of Socially Engaged Craft Collective
March 23 – April 14, 2017 | Wednesday–Saturday, noon–6pm at c3:initiative
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the National Council for Education in Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference 2017

Opening Reception
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 5- 9 pm

Flower Arrangements will be on display at the following locations (more TBA):

C3: Inititiave Gallery, 7326 N Chicago Ave, Portland, OR 97203
Planned Parenthood NE Health Center, 3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
Planned Parenthood SE Health Center, 3231 SE 50th Ave, Portland, OR 97206
Downtown Women’s Center, 511 SW 10th Ave, Suite 905, Portland, OR 97205

Discussion Workshops

Will take place at C:3 Initiative, 7326 N Chicago Ave, Portland, OR 97203

Discussion Workshop in Collaboration with Forward Together and Momentum Alliance
April 8
1-3 PM

Discussion Workshop 2 TBA


Get involved:

  • Do you work with a reproductive justice organization in the Portland area?  Consider asking your organization to host a flower arrangement.
  • Do you own a local business and want to host a flower arrangement?
  • Contact me at nicole.gugliotti@gmail.com


Project Canary

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Project Canary was born several months before the election as an effort by craft artists to address the gulf between laws and legislation introduced by politicians (such as the bathroom bills, 20 week abortion bans and immigration “crack downs”) and the injustice created in people’s real lives.
We began collecting stories of people real life experiences on our website www.projectcanary.org and invited craft artists, schools, any one, to create small objects inspired by the stories.  These objects would then be coded with the story number, tagged with directions to find the story online and abandoned for a stranger to find.  The hope is to connect strangers through their stories and create real life context for some of the inhumane laws that our representatives have introduced and in many cases passed.

Project Canary honors the experience above the rhetoric by connecting people to each other through their individual untold stories.

Co-created by Lauren Karle and myself, Project Canary has collaborators all over the nation.

Two Ways You Can Participate:

Share Your Story:
We invite you, as a person living under our current legislation, to share your personal story of injustice.  Stories will be posted anonymously.

Create Objects:
You can create small objects inspired by the collected stories. Craft objects have been formed by human hands for millennia as a vehicle to tell stories and serve a function in society.

In addition you can organize a work day and make objects as a group.

Stamp the objects you make with the story’s number and place them for strangers to find in strategic public places.  Our first drop was during during National Clay Week’s Social Engagement and Community Outreach day on October 14, 2016. Our next official drop will take place during the Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017.  Each object will come with a Project Canary Tag directing the finder to this website, with instructions for entering the story number, so that the finder can read the story that inspired the object. The finder can read other stories in the database and should they choose, they can leave their own story. Lastly, we ask the finder to report their find on social media using the hashtags #projectcanary #projectcanaryfind #sociallyengagedcraftcollective and by tagging us on Facebook and Instagram.


Upcoming Class


Introduction to Glaze Formulation

This class will introduce students to the materials used to create glazes.  Through a series of labs we will become familiar with the constituent materials and then combine them to design our own glaze.  Through this process students will be introduced to methods they can use to alter glazes to correct flaws, change color or adjust texture.  All labs will be fired to Cone 6 in an oxidation atmosphere.  Skills learned in this course can be applied to any firing temperature or atmosphere.

This class is for Intermediate students with prior experience working with clay and glaze in typical classroom setting.

Date Time
Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday, February 2, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday, February 9, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


The May 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly featured SPSCC’s test tile board.
Click here for PDF—->gugliotti_may16cm



sexually transmitted dis…..ease…
Pop Up Happy Hour at The Brick in Kansas City, MO

Please join me for the third iteration of my project sexually transmitted dis…..ease…in conjunction with Across the Table, Across the Land at NCECA 2016.

Come grab a beer and a burger and be ready for interesting conversation.

The Brick is a 10 minute walk from the convention center so come get some pre-opening talk dinner. Burger specials are happening!

Cups will be available for purchase during the event and 50% of proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri’s current health care expansion project which includes transgender care and Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) services.

March 16, 2016
5-7 PM
The Brick
1727 McGee Street
Kansas City, MO