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March 10, 2005

Visiting Artist In Ceramics Will Discuss His 'Utilitarian' Pottery March 20

Ron Meyers, a visiting artist in ceramics at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a slide lecture on his work at 8 p.m. Monday, March 20, in Room E109 of the UI Art Building.

Meyers, who recently retired from teaching ceramics at the University of Georgia, describes his pottery as "utilitarian."

"I think you can stay within a utilitarian form and still have room to make plenty of statements," he said. "People always ask me whether I'm a potter or an artist; I just say that I make pots but try to make them in an artistic way."

Meyers expanded on this idea in a written article: "Working in clay and making functional pottery has never been a problem for me. I have never felt the need to dismiss or disregard the concept of function because it was something less than art. I have never found making useful pieces confining or restrictive. In fact, I find that the opposite seems true.

"The longer I stay involved, the more alternatives and possibilities there are that seem to present themselves. Along with the functional aspects of the piece, I strive to have the end product reflect my own sensitivity and awareness to the material itself and its traditions. The pieces that I'm most pleased with are those that come closest to best integrating the form and surface, the spontaneity and fluidity of the clay along with the object's use."

A professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, Meyers has taught courses and workshops throughout the country. He has exhibited in many solo and group shows, and his work is collected in the United States and abroad.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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