It’s been a hectic few weeks here at East Carolina, and I mean that only in the best of ways! We’ve had another wood firing (our second this semester), a thesis show featuring the work of Ceramics Graduate Student Patrick Hutti, and a lot of hardworking students getting work done!
Here are some photos from the past few weeks!
Here’s the wood kiln as we were stacking it. As you can see, there was a wide variety of work that went in.
Above are a few more images of Patrick Hutti’s work. The last image is Sculpture instructor Carl Billingsley and Sculptor extraordinaire Jordan Krutsch at Patrick Hutti’s Thesis exhibition in the Grey Gallery.
As we were loading the kiln we had two separate Tornado Warnings. Luckily we didn’t see any tornados, but it did delay our loading.
MFA Patrick Hutti (left) and BFA Jacob Herrmann (right) above stoking the kiln
BFAs Chris Cardone and Andrew Freeman in between stokes.
Professor Jim Tisnado manning the front stokes. Thanks for all your help, Jim!
BFA Chris Cardone stoking the side port
BFA Kylie Downie stoking the other side port
Stoking in action! We’ll unload in a week, be sure and check back for updates!
Monday and Tuesday of this week the East Carolina University Ceramics guild, with assistance from the Belk Chair, hosted visiting artist Hong-Ling Wee. Hong-Ling is a native of Singapore who, after earning a Ph.D in Geography, is a full time ceramic artist in New York City. She splits her time between the US and Asia, and has been exhibited worldwide. Much of her work deals with the longing for home. You can find more information about her accolades at her website: http://www.ceramicus.com/artist/biography.html
The workshop was very well attended and the students learned a lot from Hong-Ling. You can see more of Hong-Ling’s work at:
Thanks to Hong-Ling for a great workshop!
On a side note, it bears mentioning that on this day in 1998, the Coen Brothers released the cult classic ‘The Big Lebowski’. Be sure to sip on some Caucasians if you get the chance! The Dude abides.
Hi guys! We have a few big events coming up!
First is the 100 Piece show, featuring slipcast ceramics from the BFA Ceramics students. Each student made cast 100 of the same object for presentation in the show! The participants -
Nancy Ceja Herrera:
Great work, guys!
In other news, our annual Mug Sale is coming up in two weeks! If you’re in the area please come stop by and buy a great mug! Free coffee or tea with purchase! 8am-3pm at the Jenkins Fine Arts Center! We accept cash, check or credit!
We recently received a new set of pots from Dwight Holland. Very excited to get these catalogued and available for the students!
Please join us for our annual Mug Sale Wednesday March 6th 9am-3pm in Jenkins Fine Art Building Lobby. Free coffee, tea, or hot cocoa with every purchase!
During last week’s ECU Metal Symposium artists Carrie Longley and Autumn Brown shared their techniques for combining clay and metal.
Carrie Longley demonstrated her use of China Paints, slip, trailing, carving and press molding.
Carrie is currently an Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Indiana University East, and holds a BA in Studio Art from Wittenberg University, and an MFA from Indiana University. Her work investigates the relationship between the art object and scientific specimen, celebrating the space between illusion and reality.
In the workshop, Carrie used a solid chunk of Cone 6 stoneware to hand-build her forms. She added the basic textural or structural surface then dissected the piece by hollowing it out. After bisque firing she performs a series of glaze firings, beginning with a satin translucent green covering the entire piece. Finally, china paints are used to create the effect of bruising, and layers of washes are used to emphasize textures.
Autumn Brown demonstrated how she creates porcelain tiles and places them in a copper setting to make broaches, necklaces, and sculptural objects.
Autumn holds a BFA in Metalsmithing from the University of Georgia and received her MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University. Currently she teaches Metalsmithing and Design at Pitt Community College and helps run a studio space called Dirty LAM in downtown Greenville, NC.
Autumn uses Cone 6 oxidation porcelain to carve and press-mold channels for melting enamels and various metals. She fires the porcelain with the metal in an enameling kiln at 1500-1535 degrees F for approximately 10 minutes. The decorative porcelain pieces are then set into constructed metal frames with clutching prongs that hold the porcelain into the metal backing.
For more images of these workshops click the album below:
Graduating Seniors Daniel Kennington and Jessica Barrett installed their senior exhibits at the Greenville Museum of Art this month. Their mixture of functional and sculptural ceramic work carried a theme of mapping and recording both manmade and natural landscapes. The result is a combination of carefully carved lines and irregular wavelike patterns that work together as a delightful melding of the organic and the rigid.
Daniel Kennington takes inspiration from his travels and the innumerable memories generated along the way. Kennington maps his excursions by drawing topographical maps on the surface of his pieces as a way of permanently recording each journey.
Jessica Barrett’s work displays representations derived from large patterns that emerge after layers of the earth’s surface are worn away by erosion. Barret describes her work as “abstracted environmental art, grounded in pleasure and aesthetics”.
For more photo’s of this event click the album below.