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July 7-23: Wood-fired ceramics on display

FREDERICK, Maryland—Joseph Delphia, a functional ceramic artist, will display his graduate exhibit, titled “A Tactile Vision,” July 7-23 in the Hodson Gallery in Hood College’s Tatem Arts Center.

Delphia graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he studied art education, ceramics and sculpture. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science in 2007, he moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he taught for various organizations in the city including the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. In 2008, he joined the faculty at the Community College of Allegheny County where he teaches studio art courses, including ceramics and sculpture.

His work is fired in a wood-burning kiln, creating a natural and functional ash glaze on the surface of each piece. The colors and textures are the marks left by flame and ash as the kiln is fired. He intends his work for everyday use and hopes his pots become objects that spend more time in a hand than on a shelf.

Delphia also maintains a studio at his home in Pittsburgh and is part of the Cooperative Clay Studio at the Union Project, a nonprofit arts and community organization. He creates functional wood-fired pottery that he fires with fellow artists and students in a small anagama kiln.

The artist lecture is scheduled for July 8 from 3 to 4 p.m., and the opening reception will follow from 4 to 5:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jenna Gianni at or 301-696-3285.