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Ceramics Professor Gives Demonstration

Danielle Thomas
Arts & Entertainment Editor

   Aaron Calvert, an assistant professor of art at Henderson State University, visited the Art Complex Ceramics Lab Tuesday, April 18 and demonstrated ceramic techniques to students taking classes from Scott Lykens, assistant professor of art.

Photo by Danielle Thomas

 Aaron Calvert demonstrates different ceramic techniques to UAM students in the Art Complex ceramics lab.
   Calvert said by visiting Lykens and his students, he was not only able to demonstrate his technique but give insight into his own life as an artist.

   "Through events such as this (demonstration), bonds can be established between universities and students can be exposed to a wider spectrum of possibilities," Calvert said.

   The demonstration revolved around functional pottery. Calvert said he threw cups, bowls, plates, covered jars and bottles on the pottery wheel.

   "I further enhanced the thrown forms with stamped texture," Calvert said.

   Calvert said the students seemed very energetic the day he visited.

   "The students were very respectful and responded well to the lecture/demonstration," Calvert said. "Everyone was engaged and the knowledge and stories just flowed in the casual atmosphere."

   Calvert just packed up his ceramic art display, "ANTS," which was displayed in the exhibition, Multiplicity in the Fred J. Taylor Library Technology Center Gallery. He received inspiration for "ANTS" from his first fishing trip in Arkansas.

   "The ants I encountered were fire ants and their tenacious attitudes left a mark on not only my feet but my art," Calvert said.

   He uses various techniques such as sand blasting, carving and brushing oxides. He said arkansans received his art well and everyone seems to have their own personal ant story.
      Calvert now has a ceramic cup displayed in the first annual National Juried Cup Show, now open from April 25- May 25 in the Fred J Taylor Library Technology Center Gallery.

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