July 21, 2017 – July 23, 2017
919 Madison Street
The Expressive Quality of Porcelain
Matt Long received his Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Kansas City Art Institute and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Ohio University. Matt went on to become Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Florida and in 2005 joined the faculty at University of Mississippi, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Art and the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Art and Art History. Matt is a highly respected workshop presenter, having presented workshops and lectures at over 40 universities, colleges, and art centers. His work earned him the NCECA e Emerging Artist Award in 2000 along with many juried awards and purchases into prestigious permanent collections. He has been featured in Studio Potter and Art and Perception and Clay Times magazines, and was featured on the cover of Ceramics Monthly magazine in 2004.
This workshop focuses on the expressive and gestural aspects of porcelain in the creation of utilitarian vessels. Demonstrations will include work that is thrown and immediately altered off the wheel. Thick slip will also be used to express yet another kind of line that highlights the material in a different way. It is this exploration of line, gesture and movement that continues to open new doors to express and reveal the gestural qualities inherent in the material. The class will cover many areas of vessel making, including the functional and aesthetic choices that lead to a better understanding of material, and the generation of new ideas and processes.