Pyrotechniques," a Joe Winter collection of Raku, gas-fired, and wood-fired stoneware pots, will be on display in the Main Gallery at Western Nevada Community College Bristlecone Building, March 6-30.
"Some of the pots are my favorites," Winter said. "Others are fresh out of the kiln, showing new ideas I have been working on." Winter likes to allow for a constant evolution of ideas to avoid getting stuck in the safe repetition of previous successes.
This is an endless process of discovery that keeps him intensely interested in developing new work. "I love using fire as a beautiful tool to create pots with beauty, depth, and unique character," Winter added. "The throwing, makeup of the clay, thickness of the glaze, position in the kiln, and temperature, which can reach 2,450 degrees, are all factors making it impossible to make the same piece twice."
Winter's many works reside in private, corporate, and museum collections. He specializes in Raku-fired ceramics and creating large sculptural pieces, many over six feet tall. He credits Japanese Master Yukio Yamamoto as a source for his inspirations.
An artist's reception in the gallery will be Monday, March 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m. There will be an artist's talk at 5:30 p.m., and then a workshop with the artist in the WNCC Ceramics Studio from 7-9:30 p.m.
Press Release: February 9, 2006
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