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  Events for September 10, 2012

Lecture in Conjunction with COLORSCAPES Exhibition

- Location: Binss-Merrill Hall, Room 106/C
(4:30 PM - 6:00 PM)
Color: The Happy Accident that Begs to be Studied - Dr. William Carty

After form, the color of the ceramic glaze is arguably the critical esthetic. Color can be elusive, however, particularly in ancient ceramics where the results were sometimes described (in translation?) as "Happy Accidents." Of the three principle (modern) routes to obtaining color in glazes, the color that is dependent on the complex interaction between chemistry and kiln atmosphere is the most intriguing.

Our work, which evolved out of a chance discussion on the firing temperatures of ancient Korean Celadons, have forced us to re-think the firing processes of ancient ceramics. In particular, ancient firing cycles were very long (potentially up to four days) and at lower temperatures than are currently used in ceramic production. Also, the color of the glazes appears to be the direct result of the reaction between the body and the glaze, rather than an "intentional" chemistry addition to the base glaze.

These observations provide insight into ancient processes and have several modern implications for studio work.

William Carty is the John F. McMahon Professor and Chair of Ceramic Engineering at the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

Monday Evening Films - SOAD

- Location: Holmes Auditorium
(6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
The Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography and the Painting Club are presenting a series of films about painters in Holmes Auditorium on Monday evenings in September, starting at 6 P.M.

Visiting Randall International Chair Josef Schützenhöfer has chosen these films, and will conduct a discussion after each screening. All students and faculty are welcome.

Written and directed by Andrew Neel. Arthouse Films.