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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 John (Butch) Holden & Jim Grittner


New Approaches to Glazing


Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Tweed Museum of Art



John (Butch) Holden & Jim Grittner– New Approaches to Glazing
John (Butch) Holden, Professor of Visual Arts at Bemidji State University and Jim Grittner, Professor Emeritus in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin Superior, will join us to discuss ceramic works from the grouping New Approaches to Glazing on view at Tweed as part of the Exhibition Resurfaced, Reformed: Evolution in Studio Ceramics.


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Image Credits (Left to right)

John (Butch) Holden (American, born 1942)
Large Flat Bowl, 1976

Stoneware, salt-glazed

Collection of Tweed Museum of Art, UMD



James Grittner standing by his ceramics piece (photo by Sharon Mollerus)

James Grittner (American, born 1939)

Vase, 1981

Hand-thrown stoneware, ash glaze

Collection of the Artist






New approaches to Glazing


Even for ceramists who remained true to more mainstream ideas of the fuctional pot, advances in glaze application technology brought new possibilities in the 20th century. The use of compressed air spray application, contemporary modifications of sponge-applied and stenciled glaze and oxides, and an attitude about multiple glaze techniques combined in the same piece echoed contemporary visual art attitudes on paint application.


In the 1970s, John Glick* developed an aesthetic of layered glazes and oxides, applied by dipping, brushing and sponging, resulting in a baroque-like surface to match his exuberant functional forms. Regionally, John Steffl's* totemic forms channel in vivid color the painterlyl pictographic power of painters such as Ida Kohlmeyer.


* asterisks denote ceramists featured in the exhibition











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