Transformed by Fire: A Wood Fire Community
February 22 – March 28, 2018
(The gallery will be CLOSED during the University’s Spring Break March 10 -19, 2019)
Thursday, February 22 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Jay Lacouture, Transformed by Fire: Forty Years Later
Thursday, February 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Ming Fen Congdon
Francesca Del Prete
The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Transformed by Fire: A Wood Fire Community, a group exhibition of ceramic work fired at the Carolina Pottery’s wood kiln, the home studio of Salve Regina University’s Professor of Ceramics, Jay Lacouture.
By it’s very nature, the process of stoking a wood kiln breeds a certain community spirit and provides a unique educational opportunity for all who participate. This exhibition features work from the last two firings of “Uncle George”, the two-chamber wood kiln at the Carolina Pottery in Carolina, Rhode Island that has been a valuable teaching tool for Lacouture and hundreds of his former students, professional potters and visiting artists since 1999, when it was first built and fired.
This exhibition is curated from the most recent May and October firings in 2017. It’s a celebration of all who have been a part of this vibrant process and learning community. Current students and alumni, former visiting artists in ceramics and potters from across the region were invited to participate in both the firings and the exhibition.
The resulting exhibition, Transformed by Fire: A Wood Fire Community, marks the conclusion of Jay Lacouture’s illustrious 37-year teaching career. He will retire from Salve Regina University’s faculty in May of 2018.
This show runs through March 28, 2018. On Thursday, February 22, 2018 the campus community and the general public are invited to attend the opening reception for the artists. This reception will run from 5:00 to 8:00 in the Hamilton Gallery. Jay Lacouture will also give a talk entitled Transformed by Fire: Forty Years Later in DiStefano Hall at 6:00 that evening.
The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery is handicap accessible with parking along Lawrence and Leroy Avenues. Its exhibits are open Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 to 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays 11:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4:00 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays.
The gallery will be CLOSED during the University’s Spring Break March 10 -19, 2019.