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Clatsop County Cultural Coalition Grants Funding To CCC’s Dragon Kiln Project

From: Caitlin Wright
To: Media
Date: 1/05/09
Subject: CCCC Grants Funding To CCC PR

Clatsop Community College
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/05/09
Contact: Richard Rowland 503-338-2449

Clatsop County Cultural Coalition Grants Funding To CCC’s Dragon Kiln Project

The Clatsop Community College (CCC) Art Department has received word that they have been granted a $1,500 award from the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition. The check was presented to CCC Art Instructor Richard Rowland at a reception in his honor at The Coaster Theater in Cannon Beach, OR.

The funding for the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition comes to Clatsop County through the Oregon Cultural Trust. The goal of the Coalition is to acknowledge and appreciate the notion that the cultural arts nourish a strong quality of life. With that in mind, they strive to support, promote, preserve, and protect cultural programs in the arts, heritage, and the humanities—qualities the coalition believes help to define who they are as a people and their sense of place in the world around them.

The merit of the grant proposal was evaluated on its ability to raise awareness of culture in the areas of arts, heritage, and humanities, its efforts to support the preservation and functionality of physical facilities for arts, heritage and culture within the county, and capacity to strengthen the overall health of the existing program.

“In this economic climate, the community feels very fortunate that the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition entrusts the College to continue to cultivate our local and global cultural identity,” says Rowland.

CCC will use the funds to bring Jack Troy, a contemporary American wood-fire potter and writer, to the area for the 3rd and 4th weeks of April to participate in their project: The Dragon Kiln Crosses Cultures. Mr. Troy worked for nearly thirty-nine years at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania as a ceramics teacher. He has held numerous workshops, written ceramic books and poetry, and exhibited his work throughout the world.

The Dragon Kiln Crosses Cultures is a two-week event intended for all artists in the region who are interested in the Anagama pottery experience. The event will include a lecture at the CCC Performing Arts Center, featuring a visual presentation by Jack Troy and traditional Japanese koto music by Mitsuki Dazai, a 2-day clay making class, and a 6-day hands-on firing workshop in which the pieces brought or created will be fired in the Astoria Dragon Kiln. Along with the lecture and workshops, Professor Troy will exhibit his most recent Anagama work at the CCC Art Center Gallery (located at 1653 Jerome Ave. in Astoria, OR) from April 16th to May 15th, 2009. The grant from the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition will help to ensure that the workshops and lecture is affordable to all.

“The Anagama Dragon Kiln has developed a grassroots local identity. From that organic beginning, there has been an unexpected outcome that no one can completely explain. The kiln has become a gathering place for community members who are engaged in fostering the connection between the community, the environment, and art,” continues Rowland. He and other artists built the kiln from discarded cannery brick gathered from the Columbia River, and it has been in operation since 1984. “I’m very happy for my community and the Astoria Dragon Kiln that Mr. Troy has agreed to come. My interest is to develop and help grow the community using the Anagama process.”

For more detailed information about this project, including event dates and times, please contact Richard Rowland by phone at: 503-338-2449 or via email at: rrowland@clatsopcc.edu

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Images Attached:

Jack Trowing a pot
Jack Troy in his studio throwing a clay pot.

Potter in studio
Jack Troy with his kiln, Pixie, at his home in Pennsylvania.

throwing a pot
Jack Troy in his studio throwing a clay pot.


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