Clay artist Ron Myers to give demonstrations, talks Oct. 16-17

Ron Myers, an acclaimed clay artist and University of Georgia emeritus faculty member, will visit Western Carolina University on Oct. 16 and 17 to meet with students and give demonstrations and talks on the subject of ceramics.

Myers works with red earthenware, creating functional pots “in a casual and spontaneous manner reflecting the juiciness of the material as well as the pleasure of the process,” said Joan Byrd, WCU professor of ceramics. “His narrative, colored slip paintings that float on the surface in a gestural expressionistic style can be both provocative and confrontational,” Byrd said.

Myers holds a master of fine arts degree in ceramics from the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. He taught at the University of South Carolina from 1967 until 1972. He then spent the next 20 years teaching at the University of Georgia.

Myers has an extensive history of professional activities within the ceramics community. He has been artist-in-residence at WCU and the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Mont. He served as a juror for the 1999 National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio; the Utilitarian Ceramic National at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La.; and the Handcrafted Exhibition at Rocky Mount. He has conducted numerous workshops, exhibitions and demonstrations in the U.S. and abroad.

His schedule at WCU includes individual critiques of student work at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, followed that day by a noon illustrated talk on ceramics history in Room 158 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center and clay demonstrations from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. in Room 151 of the Bardo Arts Center. Clay demonstration sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 151, with an artist’s talk at 5 p.m. in Room 130 of the Bardo Arts Center.

His visit is underwritten by the Randall and Susan Parrott Ward Endowed Fund for Ceramics. An exhibition of Myers’ ceramics will be mounted in the Bardo Arts Center’s atrium gallery during this visit. With the exception of the student critiques, all events are free and open to the public. For more information about the visit, contact Byrd at 828-227-3595.

Acclaimed clay artist Ron Myers will visit the WCU campus Oct. 16-17.

Acclaimed clay artist Ron Myers will visit the WCU campus Oct. 16-17.