Kirk Newman Art School Offers Workshop with Celebrated Ceramicist Josh DeWeese!

Visiting Artists Workshops at the KIA's Kirk Newman Art School

Posted: April 8, 2010
Source: Farrell Howe
Job Title: Marketing Coordinator
Department: Development
Phone: (269) 349-7775
Email: farrellh@kiarts.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2010

Contact:
Farrell Howe
(269) 349-7775 ext. 3112

Kirk Newman Art School Offers Workshop with
Celebrated Ceramicist Josh DeWeese!

April 17-18, 9 am - 5 pm

Kalamazoo, MI - Thursday, April 8, 2010, The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Kirk Newman Art School is excited to bring celebrated ceramicist Josh DeWeese to teach a two-day workshop on Saturday, April 17 through Sunday, April 18, 9 am - 5 pm at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Josh DeWeese

The workshop will include demonstrations of throwing, altering and constructing a variety of pottery forms. Discussion will include issues of making pottery as an expressive art form. Information concerning clay bodies, glazes, and firing techniques will be shared. Slide lectures will include historical and contemporary references as well as an historical account of the Archie Bray Foundation and its contribution to the field of ceramic art.

Registration for this workshop is now open. This rare opportunity to learn first-hand from a ceramics expert is being offered to the community for: $130, $122 for KIA members and $118 for KIA sustaining members.

Call (269) 349-7775 ext. 3101 to register over the phone, or register online by clicking here.

Josh DeWeese, ceramic artist and educator, is an assistant professor of ceramics at Montana State University in Bozeman. DeWeese served as Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana from 1992-2006. He holds an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. DeWeese has exhibited and taught workshops internationally and his work is included in numerous public and private collections. For more information, please visit his website.

"I'm drawn to the beauty and mystery of high temperature ceramics and the element of chance that occurs in atmospheric firings," states DeWeese on his website, "Wood firing and salt/soda firing are processes where extreme surfaces can be achieved, in the subtle qualities of raw clays and the vibrant depths of a running glaze. I strive to embrace these qualities in a thoughtful way for making pottery and in bringing the wonder of the natural environment to objects used in our daily lives."

For more information regarding upcoming Visiting Artist Workshops at the Kirk Newman Art School, please click here.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes and free-admission programming, including exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West Michigan.

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