Visiting Artist Workshop with John Oles


Friday, April 21, 2017, 10:00am to 5:00pm


Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

John OlesPresented by: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Workshop Description:

This workshop is designed for those who seek to expand their vocabulary of ceramic forms and techniques, break out of a rut, or inject some new energy into an uninspired studio practice. We will explore techniques used to create wheel thrown and altered pieces based on traditional pottery forms, combined with hand built elements to construct unique functional and sculptural vessels in porcelain. Techniques as stretching, altering and darting, and the use of found objects to apply texture. Throughout the workshop, participants are encouraged to engage in an open dialogue and presentation of sources of inspiration, as well as the significance of the hand made object in the context of contemporary material culture.

Registration: free for Harvard Undergraduates; $50.00 for Harvard Graduate Students; $75.00 for adults enrolled in a course; $125 for adults not enrolled in a course. 

This workshop will feature a one-hour pot luck lunch break for those participating.John Oles

Artist Bio:

John Oles was born in the small town of Wrentham, Massachusetts. He studied ceramics at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and received a BFA in ceramics in 1998.  For three years, John taught high school ceramics in Massachusetts before moving to North Carolina to attend the Penland School of Crafts in 2004.  In the summer of 2005, John moved to New Orleans, just before hurricane Katrina devastated the city and forced a temporary relocation to Athens, Georgia.  In Athens, John was adopted as refugee graduate student at the University of Georgia, until his return to New Orleans to complete an MFA in ceramics at Tulane University.  John has been invited to lecture and teach visiting artist workshops at many prominent ceramics programs around the country, including Hartwick College, Louisiana Tech., Texas Women’s University and Harvard University.  From 2008-2013, John taught ceramics at Loyola University, as well as being adjunct faculty at Tulane University.  John is currently Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL.


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