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    VISUAL ARTS

    Clay Through Time: Ancient to Contemporary Ceramics

    Presented by at Flint Institute of Arts

    April 23 - October 30, 2016


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    Clay Through Time: Ancient to Contemporary Ceramics

    Ceramic art is one of the oldest human activities, shedding light on the cultures where it was made and revealing technological and artistic achievements. Whether molded into a simple bowl or transformed into an ornate figure, clay is one of the basic artistic materials used in nearly all regions of the world. After the discovery that fire could transform soft, malleable clay into hard, durable objects, the art of ceramics was born. 

    Ceramics are one of the most technically challenging forms of art. The modeling methods are vast, the glazes are complex, and the firing processes are precise. Unlike a painting where forms develop with each brushstroke, the outcome of ceramic art is not immediate. It is only at the end, after the firing is compete, when the final result is revealed.

    The FIA has a diverse collection of nearly 900 ceramic objects that include everything from Chinese Neolithic vessels to works by contemporary artists.Clay Through Time will feature about 50 objects and explores the many styles and functions of ceramic art, as well as various forming, glazing, and firing techniques.


    Flint Institute of Arts

    1120 E. Kearsley
    Flint, MI 48503

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    Admission Info:

    FIA members Free, Children 12 & under Free, Adults $7.00, Students with ID $5.00, Senior citizens $5.00, FirstMerit Free Saturdays



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