Out of the Ashes:
Notre Dame Ceramic Art Symposium

Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson

Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson

Milly and Fritz Kaeser Mestrovic Studio Gallery January 22 through March 5, 2017

The focus of this exhibition are thirty-four works created by fourteen artists during a one week symposium in October.

In addition to making their own signature ceramic artworks in the Notre Dame ceramic studios the artists interacted and collaborated with each other on some of the works created through the course of the five-day symposium.

In early November their new clay works were fired in the Notre Dame wood-fired anagama kiln, which is located at the Michigan studio of ND Professor of Art, William Kremer.  In addition to the tangible goals––accumulation of melting ash and temperatures reaching nearly 2400 degrees Fahrenheit––there was a rich range of creative interaction between the artists while they assisted with the kiln firing over a long weekend. These ranged from sharing firing strategies to aesthetic/conceptual discourse. The end result on the ceramic works was a smattering of earthen tones and a ubiquitous patina.

The fourteen participating artists are: Bede Clarke; Keith Ekstam; Dale Huffman; Howard Koerth; Bill Kremer; Dick Lehman; Tony Marsh; Scott Meyer; Tom Meuninck; Dan Molyneux, Lindsay Oesteritter; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson; Dennis Sipiorski; and Zach Tate.

The artists generously lent their artworks to the exhibition. All are stoneware, except when noted on the object label.

The symposium was made possible in part by support from the Henkels Lecture Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame.

Ilustrations on this page are examples of the work of participating artists Bede Clarke, Dick Lehman, Lindsay Oesteritter, Ann-Charlotte Ohisson, Tony Marsh, Tom Meunick, and Dan Molyneux.