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Ohio Northern Professor accepted to international wood fire exhibit

September—Luke Sheets, assistant professor in art & design at Ohio Northern University, is one of 50 ceramists to be accepted in the Plinth Gallery and The Boulder Pottery Lab’s “Flashpoint: An International Wood Fire Exhibition,” a two-month juried show of wood-fired ceramics.

The juror for the exhibit is John Balistreri, a ceramic artist best known for his large scale sculptures. He is currently an associate professor of art and the head of the ceramic art program at Bowling Green State University.

Only 50 pieces out of 200 entries were selected for this exemplary collection. The works for the exhibit demonstrated a diversity of style by contemporary ceramic artists who continue to use this ancient tradition of firing with wood.

Flashpoint opens Friday, October 5 from 5–10 p.m. with an artist reception and awards ceremony. A special wood kiln demonstration, construction, and firing, is scheduled for November 2–3 at Plinth Gallery to coincide with Denver Arts Week. 

Plinth Gallery is an award-winning gallery venue for contemporary ceramic art, featuring monthly exhibitions of work by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The gallery is located in Denver’s River North Art District.

Luke Sheets is an assistant professor in ceramics and director of the 3D program at Ohio Northern’s Department of Art & Design. He earned his BFA from Ohio Northern University and his MFA from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include experimenting with clays and glazes to discover how they react with wood-kiln firing and incorporating local materials into the process. His work has been accepted into many national competitions including the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition 2009, the “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international competition, the 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show and the 6th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Exhibition. In 2005, he had work included in “500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace,” a book published by Lark Books. This past year, he also was invited to speak at the first international conference on research and trends in wood firing. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Zihana Tome, wood fire ceramics, Prof. Luke Sheets