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Woodfiring Symposium begins today

Emerging potters to perform works for public


The Ohio University Ceramics Department will host a Woodfiring Symposium, today through June 31.

The symposium will highlight the university's nationally competitive woodfiring facilities. It also will provide an opportunity for people to experience the woodfiring process.

The symposium will feature four emerging potters, Josh Copus, Lindsay Oesterritter, Missy McCormick, and Matt Hyleck. The visiting artists also will present power point presentations in Seigfred Hall at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Copus graduated from the University of North Carolina-Asheville in the fall of 2007 and founded the Clayspace Co-op in Asheville, N.C. Oesterritter graduated with a master's degree in fine arts from Utah State University and is an assistant professor of ceramics at Western Kentucky University. McCormick is a ceramics artist in Loveland, Ohio, and received her master's degree in fine arts at the University of Florida. Hyleck received his bachelor's degree in fine arts from Xavier University and was a visiting artist in residence at Tainan University of the Arts in Taiwan.

"We invited these four artists because they are young, emerging potters at the beginning of their careers," said Ohio University M.F.A. student Bryce Brisco. "Each of them come from divergent backgrounds and was influenced by varied traditions. They approach woodfiring as well as pottery making in different ways and we anticipate that their work will complement and contrast each other and create a dialogue between practices, methodologies and philosophies."

"The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will include a National Ceramics Invitational Exhibition in Trisolini Gallery. The official opening for the exhibition is 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 23.

Brisco said the exhibition will showcase the work of 25 nationally recognized artists working within the wide spectrum of both craft-based approaches as well as sculptural ceramics.

For more information about the symposium, contact the Ceramics Department at 740-593-4292.