Bluefield University in the News


by | Mar 23, 2015

As part of its month-long Celebration of Appalachia, Bluefield College will host a ceramic art workshop, Thursday, March 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Cox Visual Arts Center, featuring artist Chris Lively.

During the workshop, Lively, an instructor of art at Radford University, will create wheel-thrown functional ceramics with porcelain. He will also discuss ceramic art, take questions from participants, and demonstrate techniques on how to create functional ceramics.


“These objects can be enjoyed in daily routine or for visual enjoyment,” said Lively about functional ceramics. “Clay is the material I choose to make these objects. For me it is the knowledge of materials, preparation, and ultimately chance that creates a beautiful work of art.”


Lively has exhibited his works from North Carolina to California and has been published in books and magazines. He won “Best in Show” at the Teabowl National Juried show in Kansas City, Missouri, and has been juried in exhibits, such as “Strictly Functional Pottery National” and “Beyond the Brickyard” at the Archie Bray Foundation. He holds a master of fine arts degree with a concentration in ceramics from Radford University.


“As an artist, I want my work to be fluid and unpredictable,” said Lively. “To put it simply, the art is in the unexpected. The special ways the glaze react or change, the way slip might fall or the beauty in an unexpected drip are all a mystery to me. It is this that keeps me loving what I do and working to pursue an even more beautiful and unexpected design.”


The Lively ceramic workshop at Bluefield College on March 26 is open and free to the public and is part of the school’s month-long Celebration of Appalachia. For more information, contact Walter Shroyer, head of the BC Art Department, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 276-326-4558.

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