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Domesticated Fire

September 14, 2014

Fred Herbst

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On Sept. 5th, “Domesticated Fire” an invitational group show of wood-fired and salt-fired ceramics, opened at the Firehouse Gallery at the Genesee Center for the Arts in Rochester, New York. My work is on display along with the work of Julie Crosby (NY), Randy Carlson (IL), and Liz Lurie (NY). The show runs until Sept. 27th, 2014

 

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A grouping of my pots in “Domesticated Fire”.

France summer 2014

August 5, 2014

Fred Herbst

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From July 2 to July 14, I was once again in France to teach a wood-fired ceramics and glassblowing workshop at Domaine de Boisbuchet. This year the workshop was titled “Vitrification” and I co-taught it with British designer Max Lamb and Tom Ryder from the Corning Museum of Glass.

 

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Kiln heating up to temperatures needed to fire stoneware and porcelain and to blow glass. The firebox on the side is for the attached wood-fired annealing chamber used to slow cool the glass shapes.

 

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Tom Ryder reheating a piece with Max Lamb opening the side door.

 

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My finished “pocket” mountains ready to go home with workshop participants from the USA, Lebanon, Argentina, and Switzerland.

“2014 Yunomi Invitational” – AKAR Gallery

April 30, 2014

Fred Herbst

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This year I was invited to participate in the “2014 Yunomi Invitational” exhibition (one of the most anticipated each year) at the AKAR Gallery in Iowa City, Iowa. Each artist sent five small cups and the woodfired porcelain cup above is still available. See the rest of my yunomis here.

“Set the Table with Plates” exhibition for NCECA

April 30, 2014

Fred Herbst

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Wisconsin artist Simon Levin curated an exhibition of plates to benefit the 50th year of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. My “Small Plate” (anagama fired porcelain) has been sold but there are still a number of outstanding pieces available. See the NCECA blog entry here.

Material Generation Panel- NCECA

April 3, 2014

Fred Herbst

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Spring in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for NCECA.

On March 21st I moderated a panel discussion on wood-fired ceramics titled “Material Generation” for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The panelists were Simon Levin, Tim Rowan, and Tara Wilson and they presented their work and international success as studio artists. The turnout for the panel was great and the interest in wood-fired ceramics practice continues to grow.

Each year, the NCECA conference has been very important for me since I get to travel to a new city, see a huge amount of ceramics, reconnect with old friends, and meet new friends. This year’s keynote was delivered by the amazing Theaster Gates from Chicago. His call for more diversity in ceramics and art was delivered in a very powerful speech  and he left the stage to a standing ovation. It was a highlight of the conference for me!

Exhibition at Elmira College

March 8, 2014

Fred Herbst

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I currently have work (vessels and sculptural forms) in a two person exhibition with painter Marc Rubin. The show is in the George Waters Gallery at Elmira College and will run until Apr. 4, 2014.

International Cup 2014

January 19, 2014

Fred Herbst

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Last week I sent this piece, “Crystals Cup” out to the International Cup 2014 exhibition at The Clay Studio of Missoula in Missoula, Montana. The show will run from Feb. 7th to 28th, 2014.

Wood-Fired Ceramics: 100 Contemporary Artists

January 4, 2014

Fred Herbst

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Wood-fired Ceramics: 100 Contemporary Artists has been published. I am one of the 100 and am very excited to be included with so many great artists. Get your copy here.

Happy 2014!

January 4, 2014

Fred Herbst

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New work for the new year…

Happy 2014 everyone! It was a good 2013: I was an artist in residence in Maine, had my work exhibited around the country, and was published in two books. But I’m looking forward to the new year and have a number of exciting opportunities already in the works. I’ll be exhibiting work in Elmira and Rochester, NY, Missoula MT, and in the Yunomi Invitational with the AKAR Gallery in Iowa. I’ll also be traveling to Milwaukee to moderate a panel on woodfiring at the NCECA conference and I will be going back to France with the Corning Museum of Glass to teach a workshop at the Domaine de Boisbuchet. Stay tuned!

Try to stay warm out there, it was 3 degrees last night in the Fingers Lakes of New York—

Starbrick Clay National Cup Show 2013

October 11, 2013

Fred Herbst

His/Hers: French Cups

This pair of cups titled “His/Hers: French Cups” were juried into the Starbrick Clay National Cups Show 2013 at the Starbrick Gallery in Nelsonville, Ohio. The exhibition runs from Oct. 25th to Nov. 25th, 2013. The cups were made from Limoges porcelain and fired in the woodfired kiln I built with the Corning Museum of Glass at the Domaine de Boisbuchet in France. This set comes with a large amount of airline miles built in!

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