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Jan. 28: Twelve-part lecture series focuses on history of ceramic arts

Monday, January 28, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—A study of the history of ceramic arts from prehistory through the present time will be the focus of a series of 12 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.

The lectures will be in Room 109 in Tatem Arts Center. The cost is $5 per lecture or $55 for the series.

  • Friday, Feb. 8, 7-9 p.m., History of Ceramic Arts in the Near East and Mediterranean Region: From the Origins to the Romans by Jenni Ross, Ph.D., professor of art at Hood;
  • Sunday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-noon, Prehistoric Ceramics: Exploring Clay From the Ice Age to the late Neolithic by Jayne Shatz, Ph.D., ceramic artist, educator and historian;
  • Sunday, Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m., Legacies in Clay: Approaching and Comparing the Ceramic Art Traditions of Ancient Iran and Classical Greece in the First Millennium BCE by Alexander Nagel, Ph.D., assistant curator of Ancient Near Easter art at the Smithsonian Institution's Freer and Sackler galleries;
  • Friday, March 1, 7-9 p.m., Korean Ceramics by Paul Michael Taylor, Ph.D., director of Asian cultural history program, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History;
  • Sunday, March 3, 10 a.m.-noon, Made in China: Ceramics of Quality Through the Ages by Shoji Satake, MFA, ceramics area head and director of the China ceramics program at West Virginia University;
  • Sunday, March 3, 1-3 p.m., From Oldest to Newest: A Primer on Japanese Ceramics by Satake;
  • Friday, March 15, 7-9 p.m., Ceramic Vessels and Domestic Life in Ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria by Marden Nichols, Ph.D., assistant curator of ancient art at the Walters Museum in Baltimore;
  • Sunday, March 17, 10 a.m.-noon, Riches From the Earth: African Pottery Traditions Over the Centuries by Andrea Nicolls, Ph.D., adjunct instructor, George Mason University and former curator, National Museum of African Art;
  • Sunday, March 17, 1-3 p.m., From Their Own Hands: African Ceramic Artists Past and Present by Nicolls;
  • Friday, April 12, 7-9 p.m., Coiled, Molded, Sculpted: Ceramic Arts of the Andes and Mesoamerica by Miriam Doutriaux, Ph.D., curator, Dumbarton Oaks;
  • Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m.-noon, How Did They Make That: A Historical Exploration of Ceramic Techniques and Technology by Cameron Petke, MFA, ceramic artist;
  • Sunday, April 14, 1-3 p.m., Undercurrents of Expression: Historical Influences on 20th Century American Ceramic Art by Petke.

For more information, contact Joyce Michaud, director of Hood's graduate ceramic arts program, at 301-696-3456 or by e-mail at