Archive for Wednesday, March 1, 2000

Ceramic ‘cone box’ show opens at BU

March 1, 2000

Countries around the world are represented in a small way at the Orton International Cone Box Show at Baker University.

About 175 ceramic art pieces 3 inches by 3 inches by 6 inches or smaller are on display at the Holt-Russell Gallery in Parmenter Hall. The show opened Tuesday with a reception and continues through April 7. It is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

"It is a prestigious show," said Inge Balch, art professor at Baker University. "The college is well known in the ceramic field."

About 500 ceramic entries were received from more than 15 countries, including Germany, Austria, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, South Africa, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, China, Korea, Japan, Venezuela, Canada and the United States.

Several entries from Kansas artists will be on display, including an entry from Gale Carter and Don Gauthier, Baldwin City.

The artists followed a simple guideline. Their artwork must fit inside an Orton Standard Pyrometric Cone Box. Pyrometer cones are used for monitoring temperatures during the firing process.

Entries were judged by Nina Hole, a ceramic artist from Skaelskor, Denmark; Richard Notkin, a ceramic artist from Helena, Mont.; and Jeff Oestreich, a potter from Taylors Falls, Minn.

"When you have three jurors that all do different things, you get a nice show because you get the individual input of all three," Balch said. "What comes out of that is wonderful."

The National Cone Box Show was created in 1975 by Lawrence artist Bill Bracker, who died in 1993, while he was a professor at Purdue University. The show moved to Lawrence in 1977, but was discontinued in 1979. Baker resurrected the event in 1994 the first time entries were solicited from overseas.

"It grows every year," Balch said of the show. "Ceramics is a big field within the arts. It is something everyone can enjoy and they can even learn to do it. It is a very serious art media something that has been done forever."

Not only are the entries from all over the world, Balch expects spectators from other countries. High school and grade school students are also scheduled to visit the exhibit.

Following the show at Baker University, the entries will be displayed in March at the 34th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts in Denver, and later at shows in Manhattan, Alaska and Nebraska.

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