Raku master's work featured at VC through March 7

Feb. 15, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 14, 2014 at 8:15 p.m.

Steven Branfman crafts a special piece of pottery.

Steven Branfman crafts a special piece of pottery.

The "Steven Branfman: New Works" art exhibit continues at Victoria College Fine Arts Building gallery until March 7.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from noon-5 p.m. Monday to Friday at the VC Fine Arts building.

Branfman is a renowned teacher, author and raku master. Raku is a Japanese ceremonial pottery technique utilizing an ancient firing process. Branfman's control of the process results in contemporary textures, sophisticated colors and a unique style not always recognized as raku.

"My concern is to make good pots, pots that hold up to thousands of years of ceramic history," Branfman said. "My work is about vessels and the characteristics that make the vessel come alive: volume, texture, color and scale. One of my objectives is, through my vessels, to preserve the connection between contemporary ceramic expression and pottery's origins as functional containers, not to transform and abandon it."

Branfman was born in Los Angeles, grew up in New York City and credits a rich cultural childhood as being the influence that led him to an art career. He studied sculpture, drawing and pottery at Cortland State University in New York and received his graduate degree at Rhode Island School of Design.

Branfman's work appears in private, corporate and museum collections and has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad.

He and his wife, Ellen, live in Newton, Mass. Branfman's brother, Gary, is a plastic surgeon in Victoria.

Many of Branfman's works in the exhibit are offered for sale. Prices range from $300-$1,600.

"Many of the pieces in the exhibit were made right here at a workshop in Victoria College Ceramics kiln yard in conjunction with this year's Empty Bowls event," said Debra Chronister, VC art associate professor. "A portion of sales benefits Empty Bowls."

For purchasing inquires, email Sherri.Pall@VictoriaCollege.edu

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