Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Frederick Harris Collection-pt.2

Here are a few woodfired highlights from the collection:

Han Dynasty, Chinese
Silla Kingdom, Korea
Seto, Japan
Shigaraki, Japan

Frederick Harris Ceramic Collection-pt. 1

Shortly after the 2011 school year ended,
Ben Stout (Ceramics MFA), Bryce Brisco (Ceramics MFA), and Kat Hammond (MA 2010)
were hired to accession, document and research the objects donated to the Alden Library by Frederick Harris. The Project was headed up by Gary Ginther (Fine Arts Librarian), Marion Lee (Art History Professor), and Brad Schwieger (Ceramics Chair, Professor). The collection contains over 150 ceramic objects, numerous figures, hundreds of scrolls and paintings, as well as the personal paintings and sketchbooks of Fred Harris, who was an accomplished artist in his own right.

Several outside graduate students were brought in for consultation about the Japanese and Chinese characters. Unfortunately, no paperwork or receipts were recovered with the collection, which has led to much head scratching, and guesswork about the origins of some of the objects.
Marion and I looking at a Sui Dynasty Horse figure.

Kat, Marion, and I with the collection.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Big Cat-Class Firing

The Spring 2011 Wheel Throwing II Class
fired up the Big Caternary Arch Kiln last weekend.
Thanks to Mike Spellacy for the images.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Brisco- Thesis Exhibition Opening

The exhibition opening was well attended, due in no small part to the Southern Baptist style fried chicken buffet and cold bottles of Budweiser. In addition to show invitations and business cards, I published a 32 page full color catalog of work, which was available at the opening.

Super deluxe floral design courtesy of my sister, Lacey Brisco.

Garnitures of Vases and Bottles

L to R:
Tom Bartel, Rachel Clark, Alex Hibbit, Petra Kralikova, Chuck McWeeny, and Brad Schwieger: all the heavies in one shot.
The menu consisted of all requisite southern delicacies :
fried chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, Hawaiian rolls, deviled eggs, fresh tomatoes, pickled okra,watermelon, oatmeal cream pies, ambrosia salad, and of course, pork rinds.