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Choose one of the following artist, research their work, and prepare a 10-15 minute presentation.  
Be sure to incorporate:

  • 6-10 images that best illustrate the artist's work
  • Significant names, dates and vocabulary
  • Significant information associated with each image (size, building method, firing technique)
  • Be sure to identify central themes and concepts illustrated by the work
  • Use at least one outside source (other than the internet) -- read and/or scan content from books, magazines and library data-bases.  FYI -- the Landon library offers a wide range of ceramic related resources and the librarians are always eager to help find additional resources.

Be prepared to answer specific questions related to the technical aspects of the artist work and background. Class members will be responsible for taking notes.  There will be a test on material presented.  Please use Microsoft PowerPoint to construct your presentation and save all work to Landon's network prior to presentation delivery.  Do not rely on e-mail to transfer presentations from home, use a thumb-drive!

Artists:

  1. Tony Hepburn - contemporary artist: sculptor
  2. Wayne Higby - contemporary artist and head of ceramics department a Alfred University -- Higby images
  3. Peter Voulkos - contemporary artist: created large sculptural vessels and pushed the traditional limitations of ceramics
  4. Rudy Autio - contemporary: currently lives and works in New Mexico and California
  5. Viola Frey - contemporary: currently  head of ceramics department at Cal. College of Art
  6. Robert Turner - contemporary: currently living in Alfred, NY
  7. Maria Martinez - historical: extraordinary American Indian artist that produced black pottery
  8. Ron Nagle - contemporary - lives in California
  9. Richard Devore - contemporary artist -- Devore images
  10. Robert Arneson - contemporary artist -- figurative sculpture
  11. Adrian Saxe - contemporary American -- highly refined and elegant work (porcelain, raku, stoneware and other materials integrated together)
  12. Ken Ferguson - contemporary - teacher and utilitarian vessel maker
  13. Paul Soldner - contemporary - lives in Colorado
  14. Betty Woodman - contemporary - lives in California
  15. John Glick - contemporary - lives in Detroit, Michigan
  16. Andrea Gill - contemporary - lives in Alfred, NY
  17. Jeff Oestreich - contemporary - lives in St. Paul, Minnesota
  18. Val Cushing - contemporary artist - lives in Alfred, NY and makes utilitarian ceramic vessels, most intended for everyday use
  19. Shoji Hamada - historical: Japanese master potter (see Zimmer for awesome book)
  20. Chris Gustin - contemporary artist -- makes large thrown and altered forms
  21. Chris Staley - contemporary artist -- makes large vessels (some have utilitarian function)
  22. Stephen De Staebler -- contemporary artist -- makes large ceramic sculpture inspired by the human figure and condition
  23. Nick Joerling - contemporary artist - Penland, North Carolina and makes utilitarian ceramic vessels, his works possess an animated quality and derive influence from the human figure.  Highly recommended artist, one of Zimmer's personal favorites!

Pick an artist of your own, but be sure to check the name with Mr. Zimmer BEFORE starting to put the presentation together.  Simply find work you are intrigued by and then use Google to research artist's background and locate additional images.

Presentation guidelines for Advanced students (second time students only):

Prepare a 10-15 minute presentation, which includes the following information:

  • A description of three or more professional ceramic artists that you find particularly intriguing
  • The PowerPoint presentation should include 12-16 images
  • Be prepared to identify and discuss the underlying ideas expressed by the work
  • Try to identify specific things the artist did, or specific equipment, that led to success of his/her work

Fellow class members will be responsible for taking notes!  Be sure to highlight significant facts and pace your information carefully. 

Get started early!


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