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Alexandria Campus of NOVA Presents ‘The Crystalline Spectrum: A Journey From Student to Master

September 8, 2008

Crystalline pottery by John Tilton will be on exhibit with works from 50 other artists at the Tyler Teaching Gallery.

Tyler Teaching Gallery will host one of the largest international exhibits of crystalline pottery ever held. “The Crystalline Spectrum: A Journey From Student to Master” will openSept. 27 and continue until Oct. 22. A reception, open to the public, will be held on Sept. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. with several of the artists in attendance to answer questions. The gallery is located at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 North Beauregard Street in Alexandria.

Gallery Director William Schran has brought together more than 50 artists from around the world to exhibit a variety of crystalline techniques and ceramic forms. The exhibit will feature pieces from such world renowned artists as Bill Campbell, Ginny Conrow, Diane Creber, Jesse Hull, Peter Ilsley, Jamie Kozlowski, Marsha Silverman, Fara Shimbo and John Tilton.

The invitation to participate was extended to a range of artists who possess various levels of expertise and techniques used in the development of crystalline glazes. Techniques represented will include, but are not limited to, firing at different temperatures from cone 6 to cone 10, post-reduction firing techniques, inclusion of stains and rare earths as colorants, and the effects of several different firing schedules.

The gallery visitor will experience the results of these techniques, as well as the progression of early experimentation to more refined understanding of the integration of the ceramic form and the mastery of crystalline glazes. The exhibit presents a rare opportunity for attendees to view a large, diverse collection of crystalline pieces.

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