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Join other art lovers for an evening of lively discussion, be the first to see new acquisitions, and be inspired by our masterpieces! Tweevenings will be held every other month, on the first Tuesday of the month. Faculty, students and community members are invited to choose work to be discussed!



Tweevening with Dorian Beaulieu


The Mark of Fire


Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Tweed Museum of Art,

Alice Tweed Tuohy Gallery, Main Floor


Dorian Beaulieu – Mark of the Fire
Ceramist and faculty member at Lake Superior College Dorian Beaulieu will offer a presentation about three decades of his working in the world of ceramics. During the course of the talk, Beaulieu will reference artists and their ceramic works according to the theme Mark of the Fire, from the exhibition Resurfaced, Reformed: Evolution in Studio Ceramics.


LargeVessel Dorian Beaulieu

Dorian Beaulieu (American, born 1958)
Large Vessel, 2005
Collection of Tweed Museum of Art, UMD
Glenn C. Nelson Ceramics Purchase Fund




Mark of Fire


The high-fire, stoneware and porcelain influence of the Asian tradition highlighted for many ceramists the variable nature of firing in kilns where fire and the effects of carbon on clay and glazes led to dramatic effects. Many 20th century ceramists extended the traditional firing processes to further evolve these surface embellishments. Mid-century ceramists such as Don Reitz* adapted the traditional salt firing process to contemporary ends; regionally, Bob and Cheryl Husby’s* work continues the updating of salt fire technique as a contemporary statement.


In the late 1950s, Paul Soldner* and Hal Riegger extended the traditional Japanese Raku process by adding a post-firing reduction (carbon exposure) that enhanced clay and glaze colors with smoky, chiaroscuro-like effects. Jack Troy* and Karen Karnes* revitalized the wood-firing tradition, adapting it to contemporary pottery forms; Dorian Beaulieu* works in a similar fashion in both gas and wood fire firing methods. Native American artists, such as Maria Martinez*, revitalized traditional pitfiring methods with a new vigor, attracting a new generation of aficionados.


The ceramists featured bring these flame-induced processes and effects to the fore in their work.


* asterisks denote ceramists featured in the exhibition


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