Michaud Curates Ceramics Exhibition, Opens June 8

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Dan Finnegan “Vase with Four Handles” Wood-fired salt glazed stoneware

Dan Finnegan
“Vase with Four Handles”
Wood-fired salt-glazed stoneware

Joyce Michaud, director of the Graduate School’s Ceramic Arts program, recently helped curate an exhibit that showcases the work of 20 ceramic artists who have had a significant impact on the growth of the ceramic arts in this region and contributed to knowledge in the field.

“Pyro Protagonists: A Generation of Ceramic Artists” opens Sunday, June 8 with a reception 2:30-4 pm. and continues through September 14 in the Groh Gallery at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Get more information about the Ceramic Arts program at http://www.hood.edu/CeramicsMA/.


June is Ceramic Arts Month at Hood

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Janice Chassier Canada Goose-Obvara Firing

Janice Chassier
Canada Goose-Obvara Firing

A symposium featuring raku- and obvara-fired pottery, lectures and demonstrations starts June 5 at Hood College, with most events taking place in various rooms and the gallery at Whitaker Campus Center.

More than 30 artists from around the country contributed their work to the Contemporary Raku exhibit, June 5-29.  An opening reception for the exhibition is June 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Joyce Michaud, director of Hood’s graduate ceramic arts programs, will give a slide lecture entitled Raku: Traditional Japanese Aesthetics to Contemporary Expression June 7 at 3 p.m. She will also discuss the contemporary uses of the raku finishing technique June 14 at 4 p.m. Janice Chassier, who earned a master of arts degree in ceramic arts at Hood, will discuss the obvara firing technique June 13 at 6 p.m. Read more.

Ceramics Symposium Set for Alumni Weekend

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Hood College alumni attending Reunion Weekend, June 6-8, will have an opportunity to see ceramic art in the making. Joyce Michaud, associate professor of art and director of the ceramics program, will discuss the history of raku, and faculty member Brett Thomas will demonstrate the creation of bisque-fired pottery for raku or obvera firing.  An exhibition and auction of work created in the Ceramic Arts program will follow.

Five New Kilns Coming Soon

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The first of five new kilns to serve Hood’s Ceramics Arts program will be finished by the end of April. A second will be completed by participants in a kiln-building workshop in June, with the remainder to follow through spring 2015.

The variously sized reduction, atmospheric, pit fire, and raku kilns are part of a five-year plan to augment the program. They will be housed in a new building constructed specifically for that purpose.