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Sept. 19, 2003

Ceramic Artists Will Discuss Their Work Oct. 2 In UI Art Building

Ceramic artists Tim Rowan and Jeff Shapiro will give a slide show and discussion of their work in a free public lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Guests of the ceramics area at the UI School of Art and Art History, Rowan and Shapiro will also present workshops and work with UI students during their visit to campus. Both artists have studied and worked with Japanese ceramics styles and are known for their woodfired creations.

Rowan holds a master's of fine arts degree from Penn State and has served an apprenticeship in Japan. His work has been shown across the United States, including the 1999 National Woodfired Exhibition in Iowa City. He currently lives and works in Stone Ridge, N.Y.

Rowan has said of his work, "The forms that my work take on are simple. They rely on a minimum amount of information and detail. They are constructed with a language of subtly, understatement and restraint. In contrast to the majority of objects and images that we are bombarded with in our contemporary society they do not easily stand out or compete for attention and in this respect require the viewer to actively slow down."

Shapiro also studied in Japan, where he taught the ceramics program for the Parsons School of Design. His work has been extensively shown in Japan as well as the United States. His work was included in "Woodfire '91" at the UI Museum of Art. Today he lives and works in Accord, NY.

Shapiro has written, "I am interested in taking the genre of wood firing as I have learned it in Japan, and pushing it in new directions; to be conscious of material and form as they relate to the effects of loading and firing."

And recently he commented, "I want to challenge and be challenged, inspire and be inspired, move when I feel moved, feel the passion to create as a response to what I see, hear, touch, smell and taste."

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