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Ceramics artist to hold lecture, workshops at Victoria College

Nov. 16, 2013 at 5:16 a.m.

Steven Branfman

Internationally known artist and author Steven Branfman will share his expertise to the public during an image-based lecture, two days of workshops and a master throwing class.

The Friday lecture is in the Victoria College Health Sciences Center, Room 132, and is free and open to the public.

Branfman, a New York City native, graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and now maintains his studio and community ceramics program in Boston.

His lecture will cover contemporary and historic Raku-fired ceramics as well as his own work and his experiences as a student, potter, teacher, writer and businessman.

"Victoria College has a long history of hosting great ceramic artists for lectures and workshops, but bringing Steven Branfman along with an exhibit of his work is quite a coup," said Debra Chronister, Victoria College associate art professor. "We couldn't accomplish this without community support for the event, as well as for the ceramics course itself. The construction of the new kiln yard and gallery give us the space to step up to a new level of professionalism for our students and bring in an artist of his caliber."

The newly renovated Fine Arts Building features a new art gallery, a larger band hall, choir room and a 1,500-square-foot kiln patio.

Chronister said that giving students and community members the opportunity to learn from Branfman is one of several ways the college is celebrating its 10th year of Empty Bowls and thanking those who have supported it.

The workshops feature his throwing and forming techniques, including his personal surface treatments, inlaid colored glass technique, narrow-neck vase shapes, one-handed throwing and expanding forms from the inside out, glazing and Raku firing.

The master throwing class will guide experienced potters to a higher level of expertise with thrown clay forms. No experience with Raku is necessary.

The workshops will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the VC Fine Arts Building ceramic studio and kiln yard and will cost is $75.

Branfman will also offer a master throwing class from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25, also in the ceramic studio and kiln yard. The cost for this class is also $75. The class and the workshops together are $150.

For more information or to register, contact Sherri Pall with the VC Workforce and Continuing Education Department at 361-582-2590 or Sherri.Pall@VictoriaCollege.edu.

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