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Richard Bresnahan to Present Lecture on Ceramics

— by on May 1st, 2009

Ceramicist Richard Bresnahan will give a public lecture on Wed., May 13, at 5 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Room 2018, on the campus of Washington and Lee University. Bresnahan’s work is on display in the art department display cases on the third floor of Wilson Hall through May 29.

The lecture, which is sponsored by the East Asian Studies Program and the William Hollis Visiting Artist Program, is free and open to the public.

Bresnahan, an internationally renowned potter and environmentalist, is the director of the Pottery Program at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. He will be visiting in conjunction with the exhibit of his ceramic tea ceremony utensils.

After graduating from college in the mid-1970s, Bresnahan studied in Japan with the Nakazato family who has been creating pottery for 13 generations.

Since 1979, Bresnahan has been an artist-in-residence at St. John’s University where he manages the largest wood fired ceramics kiln in North America using local materials and natural resources. Bresnahan’s commitment to sustainability informs his work in Japanese influenced ceramics. In 1988, Bresnahan was the subject of a PBS documentary entitled Clay, Wood, Fire, Spirit: The Art of Richard Bresnahan.

For more information, please call 540-458-8860.