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FMU to host ceramic surfaces symposium, July 27-29

            FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will host the Southern Fried Ceramic Surfaces Symposium, July 27-29.

            The event is a regional conference of the Potters Council, a nonprofit subsidiary of the American Ceramic Society. The council was founded in 2001 to serve the needs of potters, ceramic artists, and other interested individuals.

            The conference will include presentations of ceramic surface techniques from local and national artists. Local presenters include Patz Fowle of Hartsville and Sasha and Tari Federer of Florence. FMU ceramics professor Doug Gray, who currently serves as vice president of the Potters Council Board of Directors, organized the conference and is also a presenter. Gray said he expects about 100 artists to attend the event.

            “Francis Marion University is very fortunate to host this symposium and feature a handful of the talented ceramic artists from South Carolina and across the United States,” said Gray. “The symposium provides a forum for clay artists to explore various options related to ceramic surface design and development. Pottery and sculpture; clay, glaze and firing techniques; technical and inspirational –  all avenues will be addressed  in a manner beneficial to any level of expertise from beginner to professional.”

            Other presenters include Jim Connell of Winthrop University, Dave Finkelnburg, Rikki Gill, David Hendley, Mel Jacobson, Dannon Rhudy, Virginia Scotchie of the University of South Carolina, Stephani Stephenson, and Kurt Wild.

            More information about the conference can be found online at

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Last Published: January 3, 2007 3:47 PM
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