Category Archives: Art In The Afternoon

April Artist: Thom Hall, Furniture Designer



The Artifactory and Beadology are pleased to announce that our April artist for the Art In the Afternoon program will be Thom Hall, furniture designer and master craftsman.  Thom resides in Mechanicsville, Iowa.  He says of himself:

‘I’m a Southeast Pennsylvania native and have lived in Eastern Iowa since the  early1970’s. I have earned a B.A. degree in Photography and Visual Arts from Franconia College, Franconia, NH.

When designing furniture, I look at it with a sculpture’s eye and I am happiest when working in a modern style.’


Come and see samples and slides of Thom’s work, and hear him talk about his life and his techniques.  His presentation will begin at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 17th, at Beadology, 220 E. Washington St., and admission is free.  Refreshments will be served.

To view Thom’s website, click HERE.

March Artist: Shumpei Yamaki, Ceramicist


Now in its second month, the Art in The Afternoon program moves permanently to the 3rd Sunday of the month, this month on March 20th, at 2:00 PM at Beadology.  The featured artist this month is Shumpei Yamaki, Ceramic Artist, Dancer, Teacher, Artist-in-Residence at Scattergood Friends School.  Shumpei will talk about process, show slides, show actual work, talk about his journey from doing hip-hop dance to becoming a ceramic artist rooted in Japanese aesthetics and techniques and how those things are connected. And he will entertain questions and discussion.  This event is FREE.

Shumpei shows locally at AKAR and in NYC at Sara Japanese Pottery. He was Featured in September 2015 Ceramics Monthly
He specializes in wood fired pottery, often using clay which he has dug himself.

Shumpei Yamaki was born and raised in Kamakura, Japan.  He moved to Philadelphia in 1996 to study dance.  Following an automobile accident in 1999 he enrolled in a ceramics class as physical therapy and discovered a passion for ceramics.  He concentrates on traditional Japanese techniques, wood-firing and methods of relying on local resources and conservation.  He is currently the resident artist at Scattergood Friends School and Farm.  He is building a wood-fired kiln for the school and has been experimenting with local clay in his personal endeavors as a wood-fire potter.

ArtiFactory Guest Artist Series

Join us as we launch a new monthly series:


As a step toward building a new Art Center, Arts Iowa City/ the ArtiFactory project is kicking off a monthly series of art events, sponsored by Beadology.  ART IN THE AFTERNOON  is a monthly artist talk/workshop held every 4th Sunday of the month.  This series will focus on introducing artists to the Iowa City community. Light refreshments are provided.



Jo Myers-Walker is an artist and teacher;  working with people of all ages.  She is always exploring new techniques and materials, finding the joy  of creating something is in the process of visualizing a project and figuring out how to actualize it.  Her classes and workshops take a gentle approach. They all involve real artistic technique, and also some element of the “inward journey.”  By telling their story through art, people often create beautiful things that they never thought they could.

Jo is looking forward to meeting Iowa City artists and will share briefly some of her work in different mediums.  Her current focus is watercolor and will demonstrate  watercolor techniques by painting ” people like birds” on a pop up card .  She will bring supplies for you to play along with her and see which one of your feathered friends show up on your card.


Jo Myers-Walker
Thank you Beadology, for hosting this FREE event,  featuring one of Iowa City’s newest artists. For more about Jo, click here.

2:00 PM on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Beadology
220 East Washington Street, Iowa City