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Interview with Julie Pitzen: Postcard from Mongolia

Buddha Mask
Julie Pitzen. Buddha mask. 2006. Handbuilt, porcelain,
glazes and stains, 12″. Mongolia.

Julie Pitzen, a former Chicago resident, now lives and works in Mongolia. As an anthropologist, ceramicist, and educator, Pitzen works with the country's artists and organizations, including the National Arts Council, to help build the local arts community and to bring awareness of Mongolia's art and culture to the world. Joining ArtStyle Blog as a Contributing Blogger, Pitzen will be sending occasional “postcards” from Mongolia.
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Q&A with Matt Harris: Not Your Typical Ceramist

Bourgeois Tomb Guardian

ArtStyle: Where were you born and where did you grow up?

Matt Harris (MH): I was born in Blacksburg, Virginia, raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, and then my family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where I attended high school as well as completing my undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin.
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Hyde Park Art Center: New Works

Hello Folks. I just attended an opening at the Hyde Park Art Center, and if you have not been there, I recommend bookmarking their site for a list of current exhibitions, readings, and performances in Chicago’s art world. The Hyde Park Art Center, a part of Chicago’s art scene for over 60 years, has 5 exhibition spaces that are always changing to highlight a diversity of artwork being made in Chicago. (Photo credit: Darrell Roberts)

In the center’s main gallery is Consuming War, an exhibit showing artist whose work deals with being consumed by war and conflicts. Curated by Barbara Koenen, the show includes artists Lynda Barry, Wafaa Bilal, Mary Brogger, Adam Brooks, Burtonwood & Holmes, Michael Hernandez de Luna, Fred Holland, Harold Mendez, Michael Rakowitz, Ellen Rothenberg, Edra Soto, Paula White and Dolores Wilber.

Mary Bogger has created a large steel Persian rug that floats tentatively on pins, and a raft out of oil drums and a car frame.

Mary Brogger

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Meredith Brickell’s Masterful Ceramic Art

Meredith Brickell is in the show Texture and Tone at Lillstreet Art Center Gallery. I have already purchased this piece.

Meredith Brickell P1000901

Brickell creates her intimate ceramic forms from bisque molds as a stepping stone and uses low-fired glazes that show a beautiful and delicate balance of color. Brickell refers to the landscape in her pieces and the influence of growing up in the Midwest. Inside, outside, or sometimes on the bottom of the pottery, thin line drawings, reminiscent of petroglyphs are embedded in her ceramic vessels.
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