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Monday, July 15, 2019

Ceramics Show Features Works Created in New Studio

  • A piece by WCC student Jessie Starr. Additional work from the show is available on WCC's Flickr stream.
  • A piece by WCC student Kyle Walker. Additional work from the show is available on WCC's Flickr stream.
  • A piece by WCC student Britanni Mack. Additional work from the show is available on WCC's Flickr stream.

Works created by students and faculty members in WCC’s new ceramics studio will be exhibited at the College’s Gallery One from June 15 through July 17. The show is titled “New Beginning: Ceramics at Washtenaw Community College.”

An opening reception and lecture will highlight the exhibition on June 17. The reception will be in the gallery from 4:00pm to 6:30pm, and the lecture will be in room 175 of the Crane Liberal Arts and Sciences building at 5:00pm.

The lecturer is renowned ceramicist Robert Piepenberg, who will give a slide presentation titled “Cultivating Your Creativity.” Piepenberg has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and teaches at Oakland Community College. He’s especially known for his work using raku, a Japanese firing method. Piepenberg has written a number of books, including “Treasures of the Creative Spirit,” “Raku Pottery,” “The Spirit of Clay: A Classic Guide to Ceramics,” and “The Spirit of Ceramic Design: Cultivating Creativity With Clay.”

WCC’s new ceramics studio has 20 pottery wheels, computer-controlled electric and gas kilns, and a huge spray booth for more than 50 glazes. “The facilities are fantastic here,” said Ricardo Benavides, a 22-year-old art major. “I love to watch something form from underneath your hands—suddenly it’s a bowl or a plate. It’s cool to watch my own hands and see what they can do.”

Ceramics student Hannah Shiff is pleased that her vase is in the show. “I was disappointed not to be able to take it home right away, but I feel good that it was chosen to be exhibited,” Shiff said.

Gallery One is located on the first floor of WCC’s Student Center building. It’s open Monday through Thursday from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. For more information call 734-477-8512.

Photographs of some of the works in the show are available on WCC's Flickr.

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