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March 16, 2007

Ceramic Artists Will Present A Lecture On Their Work March 29

Ceramic artists Sandi Pierantozzi and Neil Patterson, who share a studio in Philadelphia, will give a lecture on their works at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Room 116 ABW of Art Building West on the University of Iowa campus.

The lecture, sponsored by the ceramics area of the UI School of Art and Art History and the UI Lecture Committee, will be free and open to the public.

The artists have written: "Our work is created in the rich cultural environment of the Fairmount neighborhood, surrounding the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We are the Neighborhood Potters. In our work we strive to show the vitality of clay, especially through the use of texture.

"In our functional work we want to make pots that are beautiful to look at, friendly and comfortable to use."

Patterson began making pots in 1979 when he was in high school. He teaches part-time at Tyler School of Art and the Agnes Irwin School. His work has been featured in many books on pottery and in the cover story feature of Ceramics Monthly, December 2003. Neil's work is in many private and institutional collections.

Pierantozzi earned an associate degree in visual communications from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and ran her own graphic design business for 12 years. In 1993 she was chosen as an Emerging Talent presenter at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and in 2001 she was a featured demonstrator at the same conference. She has also received a Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her work is featured in the museums around the country, as well as many private collections, and it is has been included in more than a dozen books on pottery.

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