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ONU professor has work published in “500 Teapots”

ImageJune—The work of Luke Sheets, Ohio Northern University ceramic professor, was recently published in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design” (Vol. 2) by Lark Books.

His work was titled “Amber Harlequin,” a salt-fired stoneware ceramic piece.

“500 Teapots” documents the continued vitality of the ceramic form and of a group of top international artists. The book features teapots that inspire ceramicists, collectors, crafters and enthusiasts.

The book launched a bestselling series—and it remains hugely popular. This edition spotlights a range of teapots from classically beautiful to wonderfully witty to wildly imaginative and ultramodern.

ImageProf. 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. At ONU, Prof. Sheets teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. He also is the adviser to the Kappa Pi art honorary.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, 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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image:  Amber Harlequin, salt-fired stoneware; “500 Teapots” book cover