Class Calendar

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.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

First Class Wrap up

Project 1 is scheduled to be loaded into the Bisque on Jan 25. That mean the projects have been drying for at least three days.

Door Code 426* (access to building is 24 hours, if another class is in session you can work in the glaze lab) Schedule of room availability will be posted on class door by the end of the week.

On Monday the 11th you must have one clay ticket, purchased from the book store, sketchbook, tools and be ready to work the entire class period.

excerpt from syllabus:


Clay: Terracotta, pay at the bookstore, pick up clay from instructor or ceramics lab technician.

Clay is $9.50 per 25 lb. bag. You will also need to pay a $35 lab fee at the bookstore.

Required: bound sketchbook (8 ½” x 11”), toolbox or caddie w/your name on it, lock for locker, sponge, needle tool, cut-off wire, fettling knife, ribs: (flexible metal, serrated, rubber kidney), scoring tool, carving tools, ruler, assorted brushes, plastic to cover work in progress, dust mask (disposable type), spray bottle, shop towel, small bucket

Optional: apron or large shirt, scissors, small containers with lids (e.g. recycled yogurt containers, etc.)

You can find tools at Central Florida Office Supply located on University Avenue, the UF Bookstore, Michael’s on Archer Road, hardware stores, and lying around your kitchen. As the semester progresses, you might want commercial underglazes or glazes, however these products are not required. You can find a wide range of commercial products at Frazier Ceramics, 8601 SW Williston Road, (352) 372-1506.

Please have tools and a receipt for at least one bag of clay by the second class meeting."

Monday, January 4, 2010