Hartwick Welcomes New Orleans Artist for Ceramics Visit

March 29, 2010

The Hartwick College Clay Club and Ceramics Studio will welcome visiting artist John Oles on Monday, April 5. Oles will give demonstrations in the ceramics studio throughout the day and deliver an artist lecture at 2 p.m. in Room 138 of Anderson Center for the Arts on the College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Oles studied ceramics at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and received a BFA in ceramics in 1998. After a series of studio assistant jobs and a short gig as a high school ceramics teacher, Oles moved to North Carolina to attend the Penland School of Crafts in 2004. He moved to New Orleans, LA in the summer of 2005, in what could sarcastically be called "perfect timing" just before Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and forced a temporary relocation to Athens, GA.

In Athens, Oles was adopted as a refugee grad student at the University of Georgia, all the while living in the back seat of his car and dining on Ramen noodles. He returned to New Orleans, where he currently resides, to complete an MFA in ceramics at Tulane University. Since 2008, he has been teaching ceramics at Loyola University in New Orleans and maintaining what is, arguably, the hottest tin roof studio in the world.

Oles is the recipient of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Emerging Artist Award 2010.

This event is sponsored by the Hartwick Clay Club and Ceramics Studio. For additional information, contact Assistant Professor of Art Stephanie Rozene at

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