Ceramic artist Frank A. Pishkur will hold a public workshop in conjunction with his exhibit Working the Surface, in the University Gallery of Pittsburg State University from November 29, 2013 to January 23. 2014. Pishkur’s work examines the reduction of the portrait to evoke personality expressed through a series of patterns and value and is grounded by his self-imposed limitation in the use of celadon glazes for his stoneware that inspires new abstractions and exploration of the marking methods used he uses. Variations in the carved or sometimes brushed textures create patterns and rhythms on these ceramic forms. Pishkur’s style is inspired by traditional Korean ceramics, but is infused with the traditions of the American Midwest.
Pishkur received his BFA from Indiana State University, and his MFA in ceramics from Wichita State University. He is currently an Associate Professor at Missouri Southern University in Joplin Missouri, and he has been a visiting professor of Ceramics at Kyung Hee University in Suwon, South Korea for three semesters, and was the visiting artist at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana.
Pishkur's Workshop and lecture on Thursday, January 23, 2014 in Porter Hall, with a reception to follow, begins at 4:00 pm in room 106 of Porter Hall, and then move to the artist’s lecture in room 103 of Porter Hall at 6:00 pm. Both events are free and open to the public.