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2/2/2009 Ceramic pots inspire paintings for Linfield exhibit


            McMINNVILLE – !POTS!, an exhibit featuring ceramic pots and paintings by Nils Lou, nationally recognized ceramist and Linfield College art professor, will be presented at Linfield College.

            The exhibit will run Feb. 10-28 in the gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. and an artist’s talk will be held Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m., both in the gallery.

            The pot, a metaphor for potential fullness, has been an essential element in daily life for centuries. In addition to showcasing a variety of ceramic pots, Lou will abstract the idea of pots with fantasy drawings and paintings. By objectifying pot images in two dimensions, Lou explores aspects of a pot form in ways unachievable in actual pots.

Much of Lou’s interest is centered on the Anagama technique of firing clay, an eighth century Korean process for achieving high firing temperatures which fuse and glassify the clay to a non-porous glaze. In 1985, Lou constructed on his property the East Creek Anagama Kiln, a single chambered, hill climbing, wood fired pottery kiln. This kiln is a replica of an authentic eighth century Korean Anagama kiln. The East Creek Kiln is fired on average six times per year and remains a significant resource to clay artists worldwide.

Lou, a Linfield professor since 1987, is the author of “The Art of Firing,” now in its fifth edition. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and is a founding member of the Oregon Potter’s Association. He is also a member of the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts, Art Advocates, Artist's Equity and American Mensa.

The Linfield exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. To reach the gallery from 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center in south McMinnville. Turn right at the first street onto Library Court. The art gallery is located in the second building on the left, Building B. Parking is available on the street and in the lot west of Nicholson Library. For a campus map, go to Miller Fine Arts Center is number 56.

For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit