MFA Summer Lecture Series: Alec Karros '80
Jul 8 2013 12:30PM - 2:00PM
The MFA in Studio Art program presents its 19th Annual Summer Lecture Series featuring noted visiting artists, faculty and alumni June 24 - August 14. For more information, contact MFA Program Director Erin Boyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or MFA Program Coordinator Gwendolyn Kurtz at email@example.com.
Alec Karros BFA '80 (Crafts) is currently an adjunct associate professor of Crafts/Ceramics and Liberal Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has also taught at SUNY-Oswego and the University of Colorado-Boulder. He received his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1980 and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1982. He received additional training at the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana. In addition to his academic work, Alec has been producing one-of-a-kind and limited-edition functional porcelain tableware at his home in Mountainville, N.J., since 1994.
My interest in pots is rooted equally in their ability to function in our contemporary domestic landscape, what they tell us about our social cultural histories and the material-alchemical processes involved in making them... Making pots has been simultaneously sublime and ridiculous. The techniques and processes are arduous, unforgiving and mystifying. The results are often disappointing. I fail more that I succeed and yet the entire enterprise is addicting. The possibility of transforming inert, contrary mass in forms of grace and beauty is irresistible.
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