Kalamazoo Art League Lecture with Ceramicist Rick Berman

Wednesday, March 14, 10 a.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Posted: March 7, 2012
Source: Farrell Howe
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112
Email: farrellh@kiarts.org

Rick Berman

Ceramicist Rick Berman

Kalamazoo Art League will host ceramicist Rick Berman for an artist lecture: Everybody is my Teacher at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts on Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m.

Rick Berman is a studio potter, workshop leader, educator and ceramic historian. From the very beginning of his clay life in 1968, Rick had an affinity for wood-fired pots from the "Six Ancient Kilns" of Japan: Shigaraki, Tamba, Echizen, Tokoname, Seto, and Bizen. The whole idea of a pot being put into a kiln and allowing it to become nature itself fascinated him for decades. In addition to developing, perfecting and naming the Salku firing process, Rick Berman is perhaps even better known for his incomparable use of the eponymous Rick's Raku glaze, which develops into multi-hued reds, golds and turquoises on his signature bottles. To view Berman's work, visit his website www.rickbermanceramics.com.

Where does this nationally-known artist find his path? How do his experiences -- from Atlanta to Honolulu, India to Africa -- influence his glazes, kilns, and aspirations? What inspires collectors -- from YoYo Ma to the late Peter Voulkos, the Art Institute of Chicago to the Takasago Institute in Japan -- to acquire his work?

Berman will share his story, and offer his insights on "finding your own artistic path."

This event is free for Art League members; $10 general admission; $3 students with ID from WMU, K College, KVCC or the Kirk Newman Art School.

Reception following the lecture included with admission.

For more information, call (269) 349-7775.