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CCC Hosts Ceramics Workshop

From: Richard Rowland
To: Media
Date: 03/31/09
Subject: CCC Hosts Ceramics Workshop PR

Clatsop Community College
Contact: Richard Rowland,

CCC Invites Ceramicist Jack Troy To Astoria For Two-Week Ceramics Workshop

For more information, go the the Ceramics website here.

From April 16th through April 30th, 2009, Clatsop Community College (CCC) will be hosting a two-week workshop and a series of related events: “The Dragon Kiln Crosses Cultures: An Anagama Experience with Jack Troy.” The workshop (for advance registrants) and the public events will center around a week-long firing of the Astoria Dragon Kiln, and will be led by noted teacher, potter, and writer Jack Troy and CCC Ceramics Instructor Richard Rowland and CCC students.

Jack Troy, teacher, potter, and writer, retired from Juniata College in 2006, where he taught for 39 years. He is known for his wheel-thrown, wood-fired pottery, which he fires in an Anagama kiln. He has led over 185 workshops for potters at colleges, universities, and art centers in the U. S. and abroad. His career has taken him to 13 countries, and his work is in many private and public collections, including these listed below:

Smithsonian Institution, Washington D. C.
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan
Leningrad School of Arts and Industry, Russia
Auckland Museum of Art, Auckland, NZ
Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington
Utah State University, Tempe
Alfred University, Alfred, NY
William Penn Museum, Harrisburg, PA
Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Peat Marwick Collection of Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburg, PA

His first book, “Salt Glazed Ceramics”, was published in 1977. In 1978 he built Pennsylvania’s first Anagama-style kiln at Juniata College, and personal anagamas at his home in 1987 and 2006. In 1995 he published “Wood-fired Stoneware and Porcelain”. His collection of poems, “Calling the Planet Home”, was published in 2003 and more than 60 of his articles, book reviews, and exhibition catalogue essays have appeared in the major periodicals in his field. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts awarded him two Craft Fellowships for his work in ceramics, and a Fellowship in Literature for his poetry. He was selected by the Council to make the awards for the 2005 Governor’s Awards for the Arts.

Jack Troy’s specialty is the Anagama kiln, a wood-firing tunnel kiln, based on medieval Japanese kilns in Bizen and Shigaraki. Large deposits of wood ash create a natural ash glaze, the main source of decorative effects with wood-fired ware.

“Jack Troy is an American pioneer in anagama. He can help our community develop a connection to the arts. His openness to share technical processes with global understanding is important in this emerging American anagama experience. Of course, I am also looking forward to him meeting our community,” says Richard Rowland, CCC Ceramics Instructor.


April 16, 2009
Jack Troy Exhibition Opening at 6pm
CCC’s Art Center Gallery
Open to the public
(exhibition will run through May 15)

April 24, 2009
Jack Troy Lecture at 7pm
with collaborative performance by
Mitsuki Dazai, Koto Musician
CCC’s Performing Arts Center
Open to the public-Free

Workshop events are only open to registered participants. To register and for more information about workshop events, visit Space is limited.

April 17 and 18, 2009
Clay workshop from 9am to 4pm
CCC’s Ceramic Studio
(included with registration)

April 19, 20, and 21, 2009
Loading and lighting of anagama
(included with registration)

April 21 through April 27, 2009
Week-long firing of anagama
(included with registration)

May 1, 2009
Unloading of anagama; Critical review with Jack Troy and Richard Rowland
(included with registration)

“Wood-firing demands a willingness to discover how kiln and fire transform the pieces we make, giving them an identity beyond human intention or predictability,” says Jack Troy.

Further information: www.

Additional funding for this event has been provided by:
Clatsop Community College Foundation-The Sather Fund
Clatsop County Cultural Coalition
Clay Art, Tacoma, WA
Murphy Overseas USA LLC
Wave Crest Inn, Cannon Beach, OR

Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. The CCC Art Center Gallery and the PAC are ADA accessible. For ADA or other accommodations call 503-338-2474; TDD 503-338-2468. The Astoria Dragon Kiln is not currently ADA accessible.

ceramic pot
A traditional American utilitarian jug form fired in Anagama (following early American tradition).

ceramic pot
Vessel form with the perceptive look at the abstraction of melted wood ash and shell patterns capturing a shortened version of a geological process on to utilitarian intention.

Man in front of Kiln
Jack Troy in front of his Anagama Kiln named Pixie.

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