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MSU celebrates ceramics in Montana with events from March 3-11

March 2, 2010

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Montana State University's School of Art will celebrate Montana's rich ceramics history and MSU's role in that history with a series of events to be held March 3-11.

MSU will conduct a Bray Days Workshop, featuring residents from the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, on Wednesday, March 3.

Gwendolyn Yoppolo, and Sean Erwin, ceramicists from the Archie Bray Foundation, will conduct a free workshop from 9 a.m. until noon at the MSU Ceramics Studio in the lower northwest corner of Haynes Hall, across 11th Ave. from the MSU Duck Pond. From 1:30-2:30 Yoppolo and Erwin will present lectures and from 2:30-4 p.m. they will conduct a demonstration. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Ceramics Guild of MSU and ASMSU.
An exhibition of current and former residents of the Bray, including Yoppolo and Erwin, will be held from 5-7 p.m. in MSU's Exit Gallery, located in the MSU Student Union Building. A reception will accompany the exhibit co-sponsored by ASMSU, the Ceramics Guild of MSU, and the College of Arts and Architecture.

MSU ceramics professor Josh DeWeese, former resident director of the Archie Bray Foundation, will be one of the presenters at "Fire in its Belly: The Rich and Dirty Story of Clay in Montana," set at 7:15 p.m. March 3 in the Procrastinator Theatre, which is located in the MSU SUB. Joining DeWeese will be Steven Young Lee, ceramicist and resident artist director of the Archie Bray Foundation, and Rick Newby, Helena-based historian. Tickets are still available for the presentation, which is a part of the MSU College of Arts and Architecture President's Fine Arts Series, and can be obtained by calling 994-4405.

The Ceramics Guild of MSU will host its annual Chili Bowl Sale11 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. March 10 and 11 in the MSU ceramics studio in Haynes Hall. The student-made bowls are for sale for $15 each. The chili is free to anyone who buys a bowl. The chili bowl fundraiser supports students who will attend the annual ceramics conference in Philadelphia. For more information, call (406) 431-5521.

Josh DeWeese (406) 994-4405,