Nov. 4, 2003
Rain Harris, resident artist of The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, comes to Harrisburg Area Community College's Wildwood Campus in Harrisburg for a three-day residency. She is the final artist from HACC's current gallery exhibit visiting the college presenting lectures and demonstrations for the public. Harris will host a lecture and slide presentation about form and surface design at 7pm Tuesday, November 11, in Whitaker Hall room 214. Harris' workshop is the following day, 10am to noon on Wednesday, November 12, when she demonstrates how she creates larger, more complex objects using smaller slipcast modules. The workshop also provides instruction on how to transfer images onto both greenware and glazed ware using traditional and computer generated decals, and painting with china paints.

Divergence: Contrasting Views in Clay, is the group exhibit of works by Harris and five other resident artists from The Clay Studio of Philadelphia at HACC's Rose Lehrman Arts Center Gallery. The exhibit continues Monday-Friday through November 21. As the exhibit title suggests, the conceptual and aesthetic approaches of these six artists are extremely diverse, ranging from functional vessels to conceptual installations.

The Clay Studio is a non-profit educational arts organization dedicated to promoting the ceramic arts and work of new clay artists through its gallery, school, outreach programs, studio space and lecture series. Located in Old City, Philadelphia, The Clay Studio will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2004. The Resident Artist program is a five year professional development program, and is integral to the Studio's mission of providing support to professional ceramic artists.

Funding for this series of visual arts residencies came from the HACC Foundation. The grant provides an opportunity for HACC students as well as the community to experience a wide range of concepts and techniques, presented by some of the best up-and-coming ceramic artists working today.

Divergence: Contrasting Views in Clay runs Monday-Friday, through November 21. All Gallery events are free and open to the public. Hours: Monday - Friday, 11am - 3pm and during selected performances in the Arts Center. For information call (717)231-ROSE.

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