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Whitaker Gallery hosts functional pottery exhibit

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.— Arizona ceramic artist Jason Bohnert will present his work and lead a workshop in February at Hood College.

Scratching the Surface, an exhibit of functional ceramic sculptures, is on display Feb. 8 through 25 in the College’s Whitaker Campus Center Gallery. A reception and artist talk is scheduled for Feb. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gallery.

Bohnert will also lead a workshop, Designing Teapots and Pouring Vessels for Atmospheric Firing, Feb. 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fee is $185.

Inspired by nature, Bohnert's use of surface treatments references lichens, gourds, flower buds, fish and streams, while is firing techniques generate autumnal colors and textures reminiscent of desert landscapes. His work illustrates his dedication to contemporary ceramics and his interest in bronze sculpture and architecture from the Shang, early Tan and Song Chinese dynasties.

Bohnert, who teaches design courses at Coconino Community College and Northern Arizona University, earned a master of fine arts degree from West Virginia University. He apprenticed at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China and was an artist-in-residence at the Energy Xchange in Penland, N.C.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Adam Farcus, gallery director, at farcus@hood.edu. For information or to register for the workshop, contact Karen Taylor at taylor@hood.edu or call 301-696-3456.