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Portland artist to teach ceramic workshops March 12-13 at ISU

Posted March 3, 2008

The Idaho State University Department of Art and Pre-Architecture will host a series of ceramic workshops by Portland, Ore., artist Jim Koudelka from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. March 12 and 13 at the ISU Vocational Art Studio, located in Building 46 across from Reed Gymnasium on the ISU Pocatello campus.

He will also present a slide presentation at the studio at 8 p.m. March 12.

Koudelka received his M.F.A. from Indiana University. He is a professor in ceramics at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, (OCAC), in Portland where he has taught for the 19 years.

He has been an artist in residence at The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Mont., at OCAC and at the Bullseye Glass Connection, in Portland. He has maintained an involvement throughout his career in both functional and sculptural work.

Koudelka has an extensive background in the production of a wide variety of molds and uses them along with other hand-built and wheel-thrown forms. Often his sculptural work incorporates mixed media such as metal, glass and wood in conjunction with ceramics. Industrial, mechanical and domestic objects or forms inspire themes in his work.  His work has been exhibited in numerous national and regional shows receiving honors and awards and published in magazines and books.        

The event is sponsored by U.S. Bank in cooperation with the ISU Connie Smith Bowen Arts Series.

The workshops are free and open to the public, but call the day before the workshop to check for cancellation and seat availability.

For more information, contact Tony Martin at 282-3693 or 282-3316 or martanth@isu.edu.