Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

December 16, 2004

Ceramist Jeff Harris to Display Works in Whitworth Exhibit

An upcoming Whitworth exhibit, "Nomad: Communion," by ceramist Jeff Harris, will feature works of ceramics and clay that seek to fuse a sense of spirituality with art.

"Nomad: Communion" will be on display January 3-25 in the Koehler Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building at Whitworth College. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Admission is free. An opening reception will be held Monday, Jan. 3, from 5-7 p.m. in the Koehler Gallery. Harris will present a lecture at 6 p.m., during the opening reception, in Weyerhaeuser Hall, Room 203. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258.

"The title 'Nomad' seemed to fit as I have wandered from idea to idea for my show," says Harris, who is a pottery instructor at Whitworth. Harris' exhibit will feature three-dimensional forms, primarily in clay.

"Working with clay is not an intellectual act for me; it is a spiritual act, a form of prayer that no words can adequately describe. The gift of this communion is the vessel that, when transformed by fire, will last as long as the stones of the earth," Harris says.

The clay vessels Harris will include in his Whitworth show will add an element which is not present in exhibits of separate pieces, says Scott Kolbo, associate professor of art at Whitworth.

"His unique vessel shapes will fill up the space of the Koehler Gallery and the relationships established between the forms will create meanings that are different from stand-alone ceramic pieces," Kolbo says.

Another characteristic of Harris' pieces is expressive spontaneity.

"I'm expecting to be surprised by Harris' work," Kolbo says. "It's tough to predict what he will do with his work, and that's part of what makes it so interesting and pleasurable."

Harris holds a master of fine-arts degree from the University of Oregon, where he received a graduate teaching fellowship, and a B.A. degree in art from Eastern Washington University. From 1981-88 he served as the resident potter for the Spokane YWCA, where he taught pottery classes and supervised the studio. During that time Harris also worked as a professional potter and joined Pottery Place Plus, a cooperative of select artists and craftspeople. Harris has taught pottery at Whitworth since 1994 and continues to work as a professional potter.


Scott Kolbo, associate professor of art, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4711 or skolbo@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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