Ceramic sculpture exhibit to open March 1 at NIC

A. Lee Ayars, a studio artist and ceramic arts instructor at Spokane Falls Community College, enjoys working with clay because it's adaptable like his works often are once they begin to take shape. “I normally start forming my sculptures with an idea in mind, but find that my best results tend to happen when I go with an intuitive feeling discovered along the way, during the process,” Ayars said. “And that special discovery that moves and motivates me may not have been any part of the original concept. I attempt to explore using control, yet accept accident in the process.” The ceramic sculptures born from this process will be exhibited in Ayars' “Instant Antiquity,” on display March 1-25 in North Idaho College's Boswell Hall Corner Gallery. Ayars holds both a master's and a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Washington State University as well as an associate's degree from Spokane Falls Community College. He has been teaching ceramics classes at the post-secondary level for more than 20 years. Ayars uses either coiling method or a throwing and coiling combination to develop the basic forms of his ceramic sculptures. Most of his pieces are fired in the Japanese raku process, which involves a 1900-degree fire kiln and unpredictable firing that results in a veined, webbed appearance on the surface of the pieces. “On most of my sculptures in this exhibit I've employed a raku process with a clear glaze that fascinates me because the resulting web of surface cracks seem to tie the whole piece together and the only half-controlled firing results allows me to experience some mystery in my work,” Ayars said. “The shapes/images I've chosen for this show were constructed to show off this technique.” The opening reception for the exhibit will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 in the gallery. A gallery walk will be held at 10:30 a.m. the same day in the gallery followed by a slide lecture presentation at 1 p.m. in the Driftwood Bay Room of NIC's Edminster Student Union Building. The Boswell Hall Corner Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery will be closed for spring break March 28 through April 1. Admission to the gallery is free. Information: (208) 769-7764.

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NIC Corner Gallery Coordinator Allie Vogt, (208) 769-3427

Posted: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005

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