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Release: Sept. 13, 2002
MUSEUM OF ART WILL SHOW FILM ON WOOD-FIRED POTTERY SEPT. 27
The 40-minute video Recording the Flame: Wood-fired Pottery will
receive its world-premiere showing at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, in the
Lasansky Room at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.
The screening of the video will be free and open to the public.
The video was directed by Ethan Fox, a UI School of Art and Art History graduate
student in Intermedia Arts. It is based on interviews with 26 artists from
around the world who participated in Different Stokes: An International
Wood fire Exhibition, a conference held at the UI School of Art and
Art History in 1999. The video features the artists perspective on the
international revival of the wood fire technique and the spiritual history
of the method.
Following the showing, the audience will have the opportunity to view several
works that are featured in the video. Local artists who use the wood firing
process will be in attendance as well.
Wood firing is an ancient Japanese method of hardening clay. In its original
use, the technique had a connection to Zen practice and the tea ceremony.
The wood firing process has recently had a worldwide resurgence as an alternative
to the electric or gas kiln. The technique allows artists to manipulate the
fire in order to achieve the desired effects on the appearance of the clay.
Kevin Barnard, a graduate of the UI ceramics department, produced the video
with Kevin Sulentic, owner of the Iowa City company ZooAchtiv. Deep Mountain
Arts, a Northeast Iowa non-profit retreat center, was the grant recipient
for the video. Financial support came through Humanities Iowa, a non-profit,
state-wide affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open
noon to 10 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available
in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.
For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima
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