Class Calendar

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

MFA thesis Exhibition reception

Friday, March 26, 2010
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Univerisy Gallery and Focus Gallery

"The most exciting night of the year has finally arrived!! Come celebrate the opening of the University of Florida MFA Thesis Exhibition. The University and Focus Galleries will feature the work of..."

Sheila Bishop
Patrick Coughlin
Chandra DeBuse
Jenn Kahn
Samuel Kingsley
Patrick Lemieux
Daniel Mcfarlane
Scott Robinson
Nancy Schreck

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Glazing Project 2

This is a reminder that project 2 needs to be glazed by Monday March 1st so that it can be loaded into a kiln that Monday. If you have post firing finishing or construction it must be completed before the Monday of spring break. I will be grading projects over break. This is outside of class work along with the throwing that everyone needs to practice.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Critique -Project 1 Wednesday Feb 17

What is a critique?
"A critique is an oral or written discussion strategy used to analyze, describe, and interpret works of art. Critiques help students hone their persuasive oral and writing, information-gathering, and justification skills

Art criticism is the process and the result of thinking carefully about art. It involves the description, analysis and interpretation of art. It does not always include a stated judgment of worth or value. Critique is designed to help students further their art education experience and improve their art criticism skills. "

At the end of class you may take project 1 home. Before class begins Wednesday please have your work finished; epoxied, painted, glazed, etc... whatever it needs to be "finished". We will discuss everyone's work as a group. the remaining class time will be devoted to finishing project 2.

Some things to consider for critique:
  • the purpose of critique is to help you improve and therefore will mostly focus on those areas.
  • Critique is in no way to be taken or used personally. Discussion pertains to the value, meritt and success of the work not the person.
  • When making statements about work be as descriptive and construcive as possible. Saying you "like" or "dislike" something without a reason why is neither constructive or fullfilling your role as a critquer
  • Active participation in critique is large portion of your participation grade, that being said, a critique is not a venue to show off or domminate discussion in hopes of obtaining a good participation grade. One thoughful question is worth more than an hour of idle chatter.
  • Consider project goals and requierments and how your questions or statements relate to it.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kathryn Finnerty Visiting Artist Workshop and Lecture 1/28-29, 2010

Kathryn Finnerty Visiting Artist Workshop and Lecture 1/28-29, 2010

H.O.T. (Handbuilt or Thrown) Clay, a University of FL student Ceramics club, is pleased to announce potter Kathryn Finnerty's visiting artist workshop and lecture Jan. 28th- 29th . Workshops are open to the public, free to students and the general public.

H.O.T. Clay sponsors visiting artists with the support of the University of FL School of Art + Art History,
a part of the UF College of Fine Arts.

Finnerty workshop schedule
January 28th
8:30a.m.-4:30p.m. Demonstration Fine Arts C B14
6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Lecture TBA
January 29th
8:30a.m.-2:30p.m. Demonstration Fine Arts C B14

Kathryn Finnerty is a studio potter living and working in Pleasant Hill, Oregon. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, she studied Ceramics at the George Brown College of Applied Arts in Toronto and Sheridan College of Applied Arts in<this is level of detail is not needed here). Kathryn attended the Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design, where she earned her BFA. She received her MFA from Louisiana State University.

Kathryn has taught at a number of institutions, including the University of Manitoba, the Alberta College of Art and Design, Ohio State University, Ohio University and the University of Alaska – Fairbanks.

In the summer of 2000 Kathryn and her late husband, Tom Rohr, also a potter, moved to Oregon to build Pleasant Hill Pottery and focus on the practice of making pots.

More information about Kathryn Finnerty's work:

Kathryn Finnerty Artist's Statement
I am drawn to the historical traditions of European decorative ceramics. My work is ornately decorated with surface patterns and images integrated into the form of each piece. Earlier work focused on patterns and ornamentation that defined form with this decoration. My concentration was with a close-up, intimate, and confined sense of space much like the spaces that I physically inhabited living in a city. Moving 6 years ago from an urban center to acreage in central Oregon has expanded my perspective and presented me with the opportunity to discover a natural world outside of my previous daily experience. From my studio windows I witness a pastoral landscape particular to the Northwest, lush and green, wet and moist. There are quail living in our hedge-row, starlings nesting in the eaves of our barn, hawks that soar over our pasture and the owls that hoot from the woods at dusk. I see the coyotes cross the fields on the edge of our property hunting for vermin, hummingbirds flutter in our garden in search of nectar and a Great Heron resides in our pond in the summer months. All of this delights and nourishes me daily and I have found it impossible to resist the tug to draw on this abundance for inspiration in my creative process. This landscape has found a way to impose itself into the existing framework, drawing my attention and the viewer's eye deeper into the pieces.

Master of Fine Arts, 1993
Studio Arts, Ceramics
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1989
Studio Arts, Ceramics
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Special Studies, 1987
Ceramics and Design
Sheridan College of Applied Arts, Ontario, Canada

Industrial Arts, Diploma 1986
Ceramics and Design
George Brown College of Applied Arts, Toronto, Canada

For further information contact Chris Pickett at
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Wednesday Class

This is a reminder to have your three sketches for your next project on Wednesday. I will be meeting with you individually to go over your sketch so that you can begin building your maquette. We will be using the first half of class to load project 1 into the bisque kiln. Take a moment and go over the technical handout that is online Bisque Firing. If there is any remaining time I will give an introductory wheel throwing demonstration.