Members of the public are invited to participate in a ceramic arts workshop on April 22 and 23 in the Fort Hays State University Ceramics Lab, Rarick Hall, room 123.
The workshop begins at 9 a.m. each day and ends around 3:30 p.m. Participation is free, but spots should be reserved by calling the Department of Art office, (785) 628-4247, or ceramics at (785) 628-4273.
Kristen Kieffer, a full-time potter who lives and works in Worcester, MA, will conduct the workshop.
" She is a newly established potter and will demonstrate wheel throwing and altering, as well as surface decoration," said Linda Ganstrom, associate professor of art at FHSU.
" Her work is vessel oriented, but captures many details and enough content that it crosses into the realm of sculpture," said Ganstrom.
Kieffer, said Ganstrom, draws her inspiration from women?s clothing and costumes and works with carving, slip decoration and mixed media elements. She will share the development of her work in slides as well as demonstrate her techniques.
She said that Kieffer is an active workshop presenter and has recently shared her skills with the students at Emporia State University and Kansas State University. She exhibited and discussed her work in a panel at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in Baltimore, MD, in March.
" Kristen is a dynamic young potter with an accomplished set of skills that begin on the wheel and move into sculpture," said Ganstrom.
Examples of Kieffer's work can be seen on her Web site, www.kiefferceramics.com.
" We have room for area teachers, artists and high school students seriously interested in ceramics," said Ganstrom.