The next series of posts will chronologically highlight the Summer Wood Firing Symposium, beginning with images of the four visiting artists and participants making work, followed by glazing, and finally images from the firings.
The Symposium was from July 22nd, through the 31st, 2010.
We invited these four artists because they are young, emerging potters at the beginnings of their careers. Each of them come from divergent backgrounds and were influenced by varied traditions, and approach woodfiring as well as pottery making in different ways. We anticipated that their work would complement and contrast each other, and create a dialogue between practices, methodologies and philosophies. The purpose of this Symposium is to highlight the nationally competitive woodfiring facilites at Ohio University, provide an opportunity for students and community members alike to experience the woodfiring process, and see firsthand how professional ceramists work. We will also be exploring the use of local materials, such as unrefined clay from Logan, Ohio. The National Invitational Exhibition was held in conjunction with the Symposium and was open to the public, and showcased the work of 25 nationally recognized artists working within the wide spectrum of both craft based approaches as well as sculptural ceramics.