A workshop and lecture are planned for Thursday, Jan. 23, in conjunction with the conclusion of a solo exhibition by Frank Pishkur, an associate professor of art at Missouri Southern, in the University Gallery at Pittsburg State University.

"Working the Surface" is on display in the University Gallery at PSU.

“Working the Surface” is on display in the University Gallery at PSU.

The exhibition, entitled “Working the Surface,” opened in November.

It features stoneware clay vessels and tile mosaics predominately colored with celadon green glazes. The naturally dark clay is covered with a white slip (liquid clay) which when it solidifies, is carved through to reveal the darker clay beneath. These textures and patterns create color and value variations seen through the translucent glaze which is later applied and fused to the form in the final firing at over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit using the natural gas-fired reduction kiln at Missouri Southern’s art department.

“In essence I reduce my work to fairly simple levels and deliberately limit my color palate to try to fully understand the limits and advantages of the celadon glaze,” Pishkur says. “Celadon glazes have a long, venerable history in Asia, especially Korea. Ceramics has a rich history and tradition of uniting surface with form and I too am exploring that deep connection, that total fusion of the two.

“Yet, in some ways, my work and choice in utilizing this specific type of glaze is a means of coming to terms with and an attempt to assimilate the visual influences from my year of living in South Korea into my life in the American Midwest and the rich variety of contemporary studio practices that exist today.”

Pishkur will present a workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room 106 of Porter Hall, and a lecture at 6 p.m. in Room 103. A reception will follow.