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FSU Presents Talks by Three Noted Ceramic Artists
10/30/2006

Frostburg State University’s Faculty Development Committee will present talks and demonstrations by ceramic artists Joshua Brown, Patrick Faville and Jason Stakem from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Fine Arts building room 105. The event, organized by visual arts professor Jackie Brown, is free and open to public.

“These artists participated in classes with me at FSU,” Jackie Brown said. “It is a pleasure to invite them back to discuss their individual business successes and to see them demonstrate their original techniques of making and firing ceramic art.”

Joshua Brown, Patrick Faville and Jason Stakem will spend the day talking to groups about ceramic history, techniques in clay and their lives as creative artists. Emphasis will be placed on the creative process—Brown and Stakem will demonstrate several throwing techniques they have developed over the years. Faville will do a “hands-on” pit-firing with students and demonstrate altering techniques.

Brown has made ceramic art since kindergarten. He graduated from high school in Minnesota with technical knowledge of clay, glazes and kiln firings and went on to study ceramics at the University of Minnesota. Brown took several glaze and clay classes in the late 1980s at FSU and became a professional potter in 1991. He works largely with stoneware clay and makes functional pots for everyday use. He also produces porcelain pieces covered with jewel-like crystalline glazes.

Faville, a ceramic artist and writer, has exhibited his artwork in several national and international juried exhibitions and won several awards. He has written for “Ceramics Monthly” and is a contributing writer for the national publication “Clay Times.” His ceramic work, while sculptural in nature, is largely based on traditional vessels. Faville holds a master’s degree in interdisciplinary education, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and an Honors Associate of Philosophy degree. He has been a faculty member at Frederick Community College, Garrett Community College and FSU. He is currently a member of the visual arts faculty and runs the ceramic art program at Allegany College of Maryland.

Stakem participated in ceramic classes at FSU in the 1990s; he now has a home studio and fires in a wood kiln. He has had one–person exhibitions at the Saville Gallery and Canal Place in Cumberland and promotes his work through the art councils of Allegany and Garrett County. Stakem makes wheel-thrown, wood-fired pottery, both functional and decorative. A firing typically lasts between 20 to 30 hours, during which the artist stokes the kiln every couple of minutes and burns over a cord of wood. The pieces collect wood ash throughout the firing giving the surfaces a subtle yet varied coloring from the natural ash while flames pass through the kiln.

Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to ask all three demonstrators questions. For more information, contact Jackie Brown at (301) 687-4319.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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