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Alfred Ceramic Art Museum hosting photographic exhibition featuring kilns used by prominent artists

Alfred University | 11/30/18

Kiln used by famed ceramic artist Theodore Randall (M.F.A., 1949).
Kiln used by famed ceramic artist Theodore Randall (M.F.A., 1949).

The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum is preparing to host a five-month exhibition of photographs featuring personal kilns used by several prominent Alfred ceramic artists.


ALFRED, NY – The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum is preparing to host a five-month exhibition of photographs featuring personal kilns used by several prominent Alfred ceramic artists.

“Kilns of Alfred: Transactions of Fire,” which opens Feb. 21 and runs through July 28, 2019, features the work of renowned photographer Brian Oglesbee. An opening reception will be held Feb. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the museum.

Oglesbee’s photographs depict the work of several distinguished Alfred ceramic artists, including Bob Turner, Val Cushing, Theodore Randall, William Parry, Wayne Higby, Anne Currier, John Gill, Andrea Gill, Walter McConnell, Linda Sikora, Matt Kelleher, Linda Sormin and Jonathan Hopp.

“The large scale photographs document the personal kilns used by Alfred ceramic art luminaries and serve by analogy as individual portraits of the artists,” said Higby, director and chief curator of the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum.

Photographs of the kilns will be accompanied by seminal pieces of the artists’ work as well as pieces from the museum’s MFA collection.

“The art together with the striking images of the kilns give evidence that acknowledges the mystery of process that exists between clay and the enduring ceramic object,” commented Higby. “The exhibition offers refreshed comprehension of the poetic and magical title of ceramic artist Henry Varnum Poor’s famous text, From Mud Into Immortality.”

The free exhibition will also include photos showing panoramic views of the Alfred University kiln rooms that are associated with the work of graduates of the ceramic art program.