Alisa Holen - Throwing Demonstration

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Women in Craft Series

Visiting Artist – Alisa Holen

Alisa Holen will be visiting Oxford this February and speaking at two events as part of an event series ‘Women in Craft’ led by Shawanda Corbett, a DPhil Art Student studying at the Ruskin School of Art and Wadham College, as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme Project Fund.

Alisa is an artist and educator who earned an MA and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She has since taught ceramics and sculpture at numerous institutions including University of Iowa, University of Nebraska, Omaha, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and Mississippi University for Women. She is currently an associate professor of art at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN. Alisa is an enthusiastic advocate for using art to engage the community and organizes yearly Empty Bowls events to raise money for local charities and to introduce people to working with clay. Her functional ceramic work focuses on formal and metaphorical relationships, often staging forms in postures of dependency, elevation, support, aggression or comfort.

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Throwing Demonstration

Thursday 6th February, 6.00-7.30pm

Project space at the Ruskin School of Art (Bullingdon Road)

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This talk will be based on the persistence of the hand-made object; more specifically, the functional ceramic object.  Alisa will explore how these objects are valued, why these objects are made and why these objects continue to be sought after by both collectors and people with little or no art background. Alisa will also explore the importance of the hand-made object in our current technological climate.