College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO To Host Lecture By Internationally Renowned Studio Potter Nick Joerling

March 25, 2011

Nick Joerling, an internationally renowned studio potter who has taught craft programs in the U.S. and abroad, will present a free public lecture hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma's Department of Art at 6:30 p.m., April 4 in Central's Pegasus Theater, located in the Liberal Arts Building.

Joerling is a full-time potter who has maintained a studio in Penland, N.C. since the mid-1980s. His pottery is well recognized for its "blue collar appeal" that does the everyday work of carrying, containing and delivering, but at the same time is active in the mind and imagination.

In his lecture, Joerling will present his wheel-thrown, utilitarian pots and show images of a few non-clay sources that have inspired him; discuss craft schools; and show the various ways he's explored working the potter's wheel.

As part of his visit to Central, Joerling will also conduct a two-day workshop for art students on his pottery techniques.

Central Ceramic Professor Gayle Singer is looking forward to having Joerling work with her students.            

"The art department strives to bring nationally-recognized artists to campus that will expose our students to differing philosophies from what we focus on here at Central," said Singer.

"We want our students to experience techniques outside of their professor's own preferred methods in order to encourage them to continually explore within their own work."

For more information, contact Central's Department of Art at (405) 974-5201.

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