Upcoming Ceramics Classes

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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Bede Clarke

Bede Clarke

Bede Clarke

Instructor: Bede Clarke
August 12–16, 2020 (Wednesday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

Bede Clarke is also teaching Pots with a Voice, August 7-10.

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We will fire the Mendocino Art Center's Wood Salt Kiln and Gas Soda Kiln. Students must bring bisque ware of high temperature clay. Work will be fired with high temperature soda, salt and wood firing using glazes and flashing slips. Students may bring pre-glazed work and/or we will glaze bisque fired work on the first day of the workshop. We will discuss glazing, loading and firing strategies and students will get hands-on experience with firing. The Mendocino Art Center's Wood Salt Kiln is a large catenary arch cross draft kiln in a traditional design, it gives beautiful wood-fired salt affects. Our smaller Gas Soda Kiln is also a catenary arch kiln, it fires beautifully offering a range of carbon trapped and oxidized results.


BEDE CLARKE has been a Professor of Art at MU since 1992. He received his Master of Fine Arts from The University of Iowa (1990) and a BFA from Eckerd College (1982). Bede’s work is found in collections in the United States and abroad, such as Taipei County Yingke Ceramics Museum, Taiwan; Ichon World Ceramic Center, South Korea; South Bend Museum of Art, Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University; and Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University.

Bede maintains a studio in Columbia, Missouri, where he produces his ceramic art work and continues to exhibit worldwide, including recently at Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS; Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, MO; University of St. Francis, Ft. Wayne, IN; Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI; Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL; Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame University

Since coming to MU in 1992 Bede has conducted over 90 workshops and lectures around the country and internationally. He is a recipient of the Kansas City Artist Coalition’s Lighton International Artist Exchange Award (2007), providing a residency at the Fundaciao Artigas in Gallifa, Spain. Other awards have included:

• Sturt Australian Contemporary Craft Center Residency Award (2007)
• Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award, New Zealand (1996)
• Kennedy Center Fellowship for Teachers of the Arts (1987)

MU awards include a 2003 Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research/Creative Activity in the Humanities and Fine Arts as well as the Byler Distinguished Professor Award.

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Current MAC Members: $540
Non-members: $600 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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