|Centre presents "Contrast by Conflagration" ceramics exhibit
RELEASED: Jan. 15, 2004
DANVILLE, KYThe Centre College art program will present a ceramics exhibit and sale titled "Contrast by Conflagration" by visiting artist Anthony Wolking.
Wolking's works will be displayed from Jan. 16 through Feb. 13 in the AEGON Gallery in the Jones Visual Arts Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Jan. 16, 4-7:30 p.m. in the AEGON Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.
Wolking has been a teacher and potter in the Northern Kentucky area since 1996. He received a bachelor's degree in art in 1994 from Morehead State University, and after working towards a master of arts degree at MSU for three semesters, he chose to seek some real life experience by returning to his hometown of Independence, Ky., to start a production studio. It took him nearly a year to complete the construction of a 40-cubic foot salt kiln and primitive studio on a friend's farmland.
Wolking has held teaching positions at the Baker Hunt Foundation and Shawnee State University, where he taught ceramics. Through these experiences, Wolking realized his passion for teaching.
"It's something that inspires, motivates and challenges me," he says.
Wolking is currently serving as a graduate assistant for the Centre College art program.
The exhibit will feature various styles of ceramic forms. Wolking reflects, "I enjoy the surface created by the processes of salt glazing and wood firing. They exhibit, for me, a limited degree of control, and capture a snapshot of the interaction between clay, flame and the relative atmosphere within the enclosed, almost mysterious activity of the kiln."
Judith Pointer Jia, Centre ceramic artist and assistant professor of art, remarks "Anthony's pots are full of life and make you want to use them as well as look at them. His forms are strong and elegant and his glaze colors are subtle. This isn't typical craft fair pottery. His prices are very reasonable, and this is a great opportunity to purchase beautiful handmade pottery."
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