museum celebrates ceramic artist-in-residence with exhibition,
January 16, 2008 | The Nora Eccles
Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University will
feature an exhibition and closing reception Friday for
renowned ceramic artist-in-residence Owen Rye.
The museum invites the public to
attend the reception from 5-6:30 p.m. at the museum.
Rye has been studying, practicing,
teaching and writing about ceramic art for 40 years.
His interest in ceramics led him overseas and into the
world of archaeology. Funded by the Smithsonian Institute,
he studied traditional potters and glassmakers of Pakistan
and Israel, later writing a book on ceramics for archaeologists.
He is a well-known leader in the woodfire movement in
Australia and overseas, and his interest in all things
involving clay and fire has made him a valued teacher
across the broad spectrum of ceramics.
Working with Utah State University's
ceramic program in the art department, Rye has explored
the unique woodfire kilns distinctive to the USU program.
During his semester-long residency at USU, he demonstrated
his process to ceramics students and mentored young
and developing potters.