Hi everyone, thanks for checking out my website and this studio update. Its been a REALLY busy summer so far. I taught the first summer session and my second summer session is almost finished. If you've been keeping up with my Twitter feed (http://www.twitter.com/bharperstudio), you might have heard a little bit about the IUS Police surveillance of the kiln area .. funny, they don't seem to share my sense of humor about new kilns popping up outside! In any event, its been busy on every front. My show at LOT Louisville came down a few weeks ago and, for now, all of the work was removed and packed away in storage. That work was a very new direction for me, so now that the show is down, I'm excited to see where that direction leads.
Just as the show was coming down, my work was published in the July 2011 issue of Pure I Uncut I Candy, a Louisville Art Browser magazine:
For the second summer session, I'm teaching a new class I proposed at IU Southeast called "Topics in Studio Ceramics". The topics will be rotating throughout the years, but for this one, I'm having the students focus on outdoor low fire atmospheric firing methods (raku, saggar, etc). We started the session by building three new kilns, a saggar kiln, a raku kiln, and a small wood fired kiln that can be used for raku as well as for high temp firings. Here's a picture of one of my students, Jay Whitman, firing the wood kiln …
Building a handful of new kilns at school was a little choppy at first (turns out there are a lot of people at the University that want to "approve" that .. who knew?!) but, we are moving along in the right direction now. Now that those kilns are built and things are rolling along with students firing them, I'm planning on getting more studio time in the upcoming weeks. Especially considering the second summer session is about to come to a close and things might start to resemble some sense of normalcy soon.
Also, the Visions in Clay show in Stockton, CA opens soon, so check out the website for that .. http://www.deltacollege.edu/div/finearts/dept/dca/gallery/exhibit1/index.html There's some good people in the show and a big congratulations to my friend, Dylan Beck, who won Best in Show. Awesome work! It's always good to show with good people.
That's it for now. Thanks again for checking out my site, stay tuned for more updates.