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Alice Lloyd College professor demonstrates how he makes intricate carvings in clay pots

On Saturday, April 12, Alice Lloyd College professor Mike Ware will be throwing pottery on the wheel and carving the clay surface with intricate patterns from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Ware creates his pottery on a potter’s wheel from stoneware clays. He often decorates his forms with images such as dogwood flowers, influenced by the woods near his home. He decorates his pottery using an incising tool that cuts away clay and leaves intricate texture and openings in the form when the surface of the wheel-thrown clay is partially dried or at a stage called “leather hard.” Color is added using mineral oxides mixed with clay and brushed onto the surface before glazing and firing.

(Photo from KAC)

(Photo from KAC)

Ware is from Pennsylvania but came to Kentucky to get a master’s in studio arts in 1974 at Morehead State University. Upon graduating, he accepted a teaching opportunity at the Hindman Settlement School in Eastern Kentucky, where he oversaw the operation of the clay studio at the school.
In addition, Ware taught art to levels K-12 in both Knott and Letcher counties from 1975-1991. In 1992, after a year off from teaching public school, he joined the faculty at nearby Alice Lloyd College, where he now teaches art for the school’s education majors as well as classes in the humanities.
Pottery by Ware is regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea, Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the cafe open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Demonstrations also in April include:
• April 5 – Bark basketry with Robin Reed;
• April 19 – Woodcarving with the Berea Welcome Center Carvers; and
• April 26 – Still life oil painting with Louie Northern.
The center currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. A gallery exhibit, Repurposed & Recycled: Works by Kentucky Artisans, is on display through Sept. 6; and in the lobby, Kentucky Bourbon: Distillation and Inspiration, is on display.
For information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at here or go to the center’s website at kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.
From Ky. Artisan Center

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