Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard Presents:
Stuart Gair Master Class
Saturday, July 21st and Sunday July 22nd
10am – 5pm each day
Please note: Saturday's workshop will conclude with a slide lecture from 4-5pm, open to the public.
Location: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
224 Western Ave, Allston, Massachusetts 02134
Ready for a challenge? Join 2017-2018 Ceramics Program Artist in Residence Stuart Gair in approaching three challenging forms for the intermediate to advanced thrower – the teapot, the pitcher and the batter bowl. Consideration to form, attached handles and spouts will be discussed and feedback on examples of work brought in by participants provided. This workshop is intended for those who have a proficiency in throwing on the wheel. Demonstrations of each form will be provided with work time for participants to throw on the wheel and apply what they have learned. Gair will provide a lecture on his own work and development of the forms being discussed. The cost of the workshop includes clay and bisque-firing work made during the workshop. Participants will be asked to bring a pot-luck item each day for lunch. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.
This class will coincide with the opening of Stuart Gair’s solo exhibition in Gallery 224 at the Ceramics Program. A public reception will be held on Saturday, July 21 from 5 – 7pm, preceded by a slide lecture from 4-5 pm.
Costs: For those enrolled in a Summer 2018 class and Harvard Graduate Students: $150.00. For those not enrolled in a Summer 2018 class $300.00. Free for Harvard Undergraduates.
For questions regarding the workshop, email Kathy King, Director of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stuart Gair received his MFA from University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2017 and was featured as an Emerging Artist in the May 2017 issue of Ceramics Monthly. Gair received his Bachelors of Art and Sciences in History at Ohio University, Athens, OH where he went on to do Post-Baccalaureate work in ceramics. Gair has been a Summer Resident at Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT as well as a Watershed Artist in Residence and Salad Days Artist in Residence at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME. He currently holds the position of Instructor and 2017-2018 Artist in Residence at Harvard Ceramics in Allston, MA where he has been featured in the Gallery exhibition HandCode: Makers in Proximity whereby he collaborates with 3D ceramic print artist Geoff Booras.
The functional vessels I make are for use and display. It is of the upmost importance that each piece has a duality of utilitarian purpose and serves as an object of beauty and intrigue when not in use. Formal considerations are a result of an in-depth exploration of historical objects from Japan, China, and Korea as well as mid twentieth century Scandinavian, American, and British forms. I draw comparisons from these pieces to one another and to everyday objects that surround me. I evaluate the attributes to one another and to everyday objects that surround me. I evaluate the attributes I am drawn to and incorporate them into my work. Particular attention is given to silhouette, curve, lightness, balance, volume, proportion, substantiality, and how objects sit on a surface. It is these attributes that result in a piece that demands presence in an environment. - Stuart Gair