Ceramics artist Jordann Wood, who investigates adornment through floral motifs, will present a visiting artist lecture at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center, Thursday, Feb. 9.

Sponsored by the School of Art and Design, the event begins at 5 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A). It is free and open to the public.

Wood was selected as Emerging Artist for 2011 by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

She makes medium-sized ceramic sculptures with a wide variety of colorful glazes and surface treatments.

The forms are made by joining individual parts that have been built from hand-rolled slabs of clay, as well as press molds. The clay forms are cut in sections and joined together to form hollow, bulbous, chunky, fluid, geometric and sometimes repetitive shapes.

“Growing up in Arizona, the only thing I knew about flowers was from TV gardening shows that took place in faraway, much greener terrains,” Wood says. “It seemed easier to grow a garden on the moon than in the desert that surrounded me. This deprivation resulted in a lifetime appreciation of the elusive lilacs, tulips, and roses that I knew existed outside of the patterns on my mother’s nightgowns.”

For more information, see Wood’s website at: www.jordannsiriwood.com.

For more information about the lecture, contact the WVU College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4359.


CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4359, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu

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