11 WalterGropius Master Artist Series Presents William Brouillard Exhibition November 7 2015 - February 14 2016 Public Presentation February 11 2016 at 7 p.m. The Eclectic Table Workshop will take place February 11 2016 at 7p.m. About the Artist William Brouillard grew up in a small farming town in northern Wisconsin 100 miles from the nearest big city. His high school did not offer art classes but he found a creative home in the school woodshop. This interest in woodworking led him to Stout State University in Menomonie WI where he recognized a love of functional pottery. After serving in the armed forces Brouillard returned to pursue post-baccalaureate studies at The University of Wisconsin Madison. In 1976 he earned an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Shortly after Brouillard accepted an appointment as a resident craftsman at The Penland School of Crafts in Penland NC. There surrounded by great functional potters he perfected his skills made utilitarian stoneware and learned the business of being a studio potter. Brouillard joined the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1980 where he has taught ceramics for the last 35 years. He also maintains a very active studio in an old Cleveland steel- making district a setting which provides continual inspiration. Brouillards work is represented in prestigious collections around the world including the Cleveland Museum of Art the Detroit Museum of Art and the Tokyo National Museum. He has also won numerous grants and awards such as an Excellence in Design Award from the American Craft Museum a McKnight Grant from the Northern Clay Center and the Schreckengost Award for Teaching from the Cleveland Institute of Art. About the Artists Work The functional ceramics of William Brouillard might be best described as uniformly eclectic. He is recognized for his vibrantly colored earthenware pottery executed in the 16th century Italian majolica tradition of enameled and decorated ceramics. While his process is rooted in traditional techniques his subject matter however is very contemporary. Brouillard sources his imagery from the old steel mills and industrial structures that shadow his Cleveland studio. The resulting vessels and platters thoughtfully incorporate elements of both traditional design and modern life. Workshop Description Standard dinnerware is designed and made as a service. Conventional services are made up of multiple place settings. There can be numerous parts to a place setting. The minimum number of parts is usually three with as many as thirty parts in some formal settings. In this workshop participants will explore non-traditional compositions of tableware that encompass variety in their design fabrication and surface. The workshop will begin with a collaborative design session then each student will present designs and prototypes for their Eclectic Table. Images of table-related works from historical and contemporary models will be shown as a reference. Using basic wheel techniques and slab construction participants will originate and fabricate place settings of dinnerware and table-related vessels using earthenware clay with majolica decoration as the basis for fabrication and surface. We will finish with greenware prototypes. Students are encouraged to come to the workshop with a statement of what you want your tableware to embody referencing historical or contemporary source materials in clay and any other research materials such as books websites music or food recipes that are related to your project research. Drawings to scale of at least two approaches to your project will be a starting point for discussion in the design session at the beginning of the workshop. William Brouillard Machine Age Fish Bowl 2013. Wheel-thrown and altered red earthenware with majolica-style glazing 26 x 26 x 5. Image courtesy of the artist.