Event Date

October 8, 2007

"Pyrotechniques II" on Display at WNC Gallery

"Pyrotechniques II," an interplay of form, surface and fire by Joe Winter, will be on display in the Main Gallery at Western Nevada College's Bristlecone Building, Oct. 8-Nov. 9. The ceramics exhibit features four different firing techniques: Raku, gas-fired stoneware, wood-fired stoneware, and wood-fired salt glazed stoneware.

"This is what I have been working on since my previous exhibition at WNC," the Reno artist said. "The pots are some of my favorites which I have saved from firings in the last two years. Some are fresh out of the kiln showing some new ideas I'm working on, and others represent the slow evolution of previous ideas."

Each of his firing techniques involves fire directly interacting with clay and glaze. "Fire can be terribly destructive, but I am interested in using it as a beautiful tool for creating pots with beauty, depth, and unique character," Winter said. "It is virtually impossible to make the same piece twice. The makeup of the clay, the throwing, the thickness of the glaze, position in the kiln, and temperature are just a few of the variables that are recorded in each finished piece."

This exhibit also includes a recent collaboration Winter has been working on with Greg Adams, a musician and instrument collector. "We have made a series of guitars and one banjo," he said. "I make the body in clay and Greg adds the neck and hardware. The results are stunning, unique instruments that are lots of fun."

An artist's reception in the gallery will be Monday, Oct. 15, 4:30-6 p.m. Winter will demonstrate his techniques for throwing and Raku glazing at a workshop in Aspen 213, the WNC ceramics studio, following the reception.

Press Release: October 2, 2007

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