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Planting a Garden of Ceramic Ideas: Artist Talk with Catherine White

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District Clay Center & Gallery

2414 Douglas Street Northeast

Washington, DC 20018

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Catherine White, one of the DC area's most celebrated ceramic artists and enthusiasts, will talk about her personal journey to create her own "garden of ceramic ideas".

Using examples from her own work, Catherine will show how aesthetic seeds for ideas and process are germinated from personally gathered ceramic materials, vibrant historical roots, and an enlarged appreciation for physical use. Catherine has taught, written and exhibited extensively about the ceramics and process of finding and focusing your creative energy to make personally meaningful work.

This talk will be held in conjunction with a two workshop on "Planting a Garden of Ceramic Ideas" by Catherine at the District Clay Center, Oct. 27-28.

Light refreshments served. A selection of Catherine's work will be available for purchase.

Parking is available on the street in front of the Off the Beaten Track Warehouse.

About Catherine White:

White has been in more than seventy exhibitions in fifteen states, most often exhibiting in New York City and Washington, DC. Her work is included in both the Renwick and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Since 1983, she has had yearly commissions for OMEN, a Japanese restaurant in Soho, New York City (affiliated with OMEN, Kyoto, Japan). White has had commissions with the US Department of State for plates gifted by President Obama to Liberian President and Nobel Laureate Ellen Sirleaf, as well as tea canister gifts from First Lady Michele Obama for the 65th UN General Assembly.

White originally established a studio with her husband, Warren Frederick, in 1984 in Dayton, Maryland. They moved the studio and their home to Warrenton, Virginia in 1989. White is an adjunct professor of ceramics at the GWU/Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC and at Hood College in Frederick Maryland. She has also taught ceramics at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, and American University. Her articles examining drawing, materials and failure have appeared in The Studio Potter.

She and Warren Frederick fire their work twice a year in an anagama style wood fire kiln. They also fire a gas kin several times a year and have recently been experimenting with controlled reduction cooling.

Born in 1958, she grew up in New York City as the daughter of artists. She jokingly says that the dinner table was the only space left for artwork in a family home filled with artist parents and siblings. She received an AA degree in 1977 from Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. White moved to Aix en Provence, France in 1978 to study painting at the Leo Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing. She returned to the United States in 1979 and obtained a BA in Fine Arts from Antioch University, Maryland. White then completed a MFA­­­ in Ceramics at Antioch in 1982 where she then became an Assistant Professor.

Catherine's work is included in the exhibition, Floating Islands, Ceramic Vessels for Ikebana at the JICC and District Clay Gallery.

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