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Release: Sept. 13, 2002


The 40-minute video “Recording the Flame: Wood-fired Pottery” will receive its world-premiere showing at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, in the Lasansky Room at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The screening of the video will be free and open to the public.

The video was directed by Ethan Fox, a UI School of Art and Art History graduate student in Intermedia Arts. It is based on interviews with 26 artists from around the world who participated in “Different Stokes: An International Wood fire Exhibition,” a conference held at the UI School of Art and Art History in 1999. The video features the artists’ perspective on the international revival of the wood fire technique and the spiritual history of the method.

Following the showing, the audience will have the opportunity to view several works that are featured in the video. Local artists who use the wood firing process will be in attendance as well.

Wood firing is an ancient Japanese method of hardening clay. In its original use, the technique had a connection to Zen practice and the tea ceremony. The wood firing process has recently had a worldwide resurgence as an alternative to the electric or gas kiln. The technique allows artists to manipulate the fire in order to achieve the desired effects on the appearance of the clay.

Kevin Barnard, a graduate of the UI ceramics department, produced the video with Kevin Sulentic, owner of the Iowa City company ZooAchtiv. Deep Mountain Arts, a Northeast Iowa non-profit retreat center, was the grant recipient for the video. Financial support came through Humanities Iowa, a non-profit, state-wide affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 10 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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