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March 2: Lecture series explores the history of ceramics

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—A study of the history of ceramic arts from prehistory through the present time will be the focus of a series of nine lectures at Hood College.

Artists and art historian guest speakers with diverse backgrounds will examine a variety of ceramic traditions from numerous cultures, regions and historical eras. Ceramic arts will be discussed through the history of the people who made and used the wares, and lecturers will identify how each culture’s wares fit into the development of ceramic technology and the evolution of contemporary aesthetic expression. Lectures, which will be in Room 219 in Tatem Arts Center, will cost $5 each or $40 for the series:

  • Friday, Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m., “Contemporary Ceramics in the UK: An Intimate View of the Influential Ceramicists’ Work and Their Studios” by Novie Trump, artist;
  • Sunday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-noon, “Coiled, Molded, Sculpted: Ceramic Arts of the Inca, Moche and Maya” by Miriam Doutriaux, Ph.D., curator, pre-Columbian collection, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection;
  • Sunday, Feb. 27, 1-3 p.m., “Composition of a Ceramic Work of Art Across Cultures” by Joyce Michaud, M.F.A., associate professor of art, coordinator of studio arts and director of the ceramics program at Hood;
  • Friday, March 11, 6-8 p.m., “Contemporary Ceramics: A Set of Propositions and Responses” by David S. East, chair, ceramics department at Maryland Institute College of Art;
  • Sunday, March 13, 10 a.m.-noon, “Riches From the Earth: African Pottery Traditions Over the Centuries” by Andrea Nicolls, former curator at the National Museum of African Art;
  • Sunday, March 13, 1-3 p.m., “From Their Own Hands: African Ceramic Artists Both Past and Present” by Nicolls;
  • Friday, April 15, 6-8 p.m., “Chinese Ceramics: An Artist’s Insight Into Forms and Materials” by Catherine White, M.F.A.;
  • Sunday, April 17, 10 a.m.-noon, “Korean Ceramics: The Sublime and the Direct” by Warren Frederick, M.F.A.;
  • Sunday, April 17, 1-3 p.m., “Japanese Ceramics: Threads of Inspiration” by Frederick.

To register for the lectures, visit For more information, contact Michaud at (301) 696-3456 or by e-mail at