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Image: Jeff Oestreich at work in the studio
Jeff Oestreich at work in the studio.

Acclaimed potter Jeff Oestreich of Minnesota will visit the Western Carolina University campus for a series of lectures and demonstrations Monday, Jan. 23, through Friday, Feb. 3, as part of the Artist-in-Residence Program.

An exhibit of his work, “Jeff Oestreich: New Ceramics,” will be displayed in the Fine Art Museum at Western's Fine and Performing Arts Center through March. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. Oestreich also will present a slide talk on his work in Room 223 of the Fine and Performing Arts Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 25. The exhibit, reception and slide talk are free and open to the public. 

“His work is experimental, consisting of forms that are thrown on the potter's wheel and afterwards altered to make them strongly sculptural in impact,” said Joan Byrd, Western professor of art. “The decoration of his pottery reflects diverse sources including the Minoan culture of ancient Crete and 1920s French art deco.”

“Function is at my core,” says Oestreich, a former apprentice of the legendary English potter Bernard Leach. Oestreich fires his work in a wood kiln and his pottery is exhibited all over the world, most recently in Korea. 

Oestreich is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a prestigious fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  He has given clay workshops throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Venezuela.

His visit to Western is funded by the Artist-in-Residence Program of the Office of the Provost, the Fine Art Museum and the Godfrey Seminar on the Business of Crafts.

For more information, contact Joan Byrd at (828) 227-3595.

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