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11/16/2010

Dec. 3 Holiday Pottery Sale to Feature Former Student as Visiting Artist

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 The pottery sale is set for Dec. 3 from noon-6 p.m. in Ceramics Room G-10, Rutledge Building.
 Jay Owens, visiting artist for the sale, attended Winthrop and holds a B.F.A. in ceramics from Utah State University.

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Pottery by Jay Owens

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Jay Owens, former Winthrop student and potter, will serve as the visiting artist for the 21st Annual Holiday Pottery Sale, a longtime campus holiday tradition held in early December.

This year's sale will be held Dec. 3 from noon-6 p.m. in Ceramics Room G-10 in the lower level of Rutledge Building on campus. Items for sale will include some of Owens' work as well as pieces crafted by ceramics students and faculty, including James Connell, professor of ceramics at Winthrop. Sale items range from functional pottery pieces to more decorative creations.

Owens earned his B.F.A. in ceramics at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. His work, a unique remix of pottery and drawing, has appeared in exhibitions across the U.S., and he has studied with ceramics artists in New Jersey, Maine, North Carolina, and Niger, West Africa. A resident of Travelers Rest, S.C., Owens served as visiting artist for the pottery sale in 2008.

The 21st Annual Holiday Pottery Sale is part of Rock Hill's ChristmasVille, a four-day festival of Christmas-themed events. A percentage of proceeds from the pottery sale will go to the ceramic scholarship fund and to purchase new equipment.

For more information about the sale, contact the College of Visual and Performing Arts at 803/323-2323.


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