Opening and Exhibition
of the
Kiln Walk Society Permanent Collection at PSC

Thursday, Sep. 2, 2010

with Don Reitz and Patty Newton

The Kiln Walk Society commemorates and preserves the heritage of the ceramic arts by focusing on the artistic traditions of the Gulf Coast region. In addition, with the construction of the Anagama kiln and other wood fired kilns, they are a nationally recognized center for the study and preservation of wood-firing traditions. Featured is their permanent collection of stellar examples of ceramic art from world renowned ceramic artists.

Mr. Reitz is recognized as one of the most important and influential ceramic artists of this century. Trained at Alfred University in the early 1960's, Reitz has pursued a life-long investigation of salt and wood firing of his ceramic pieces in order to preserve the energy and freshness of his artistic marks and gestures. (Don Reitz died March 19, 2914. We all miss him.)

Mr Reitz will speak during the opening reception, 7:00 PM.

L.A. based film producer and director Patty Newton presented a film short about the initial firing of the Anagama kiln at Navarre, Florida during the opening. This video trailer Alchemy: Portrait of a Wood Fire Kiln can be seen on this webpage (click).

August 23 - October 8, 2010
Opening Reception, Thursday, September 2nd 6- 8 PM.

Gallery Hours: Mon - Thu, 8am - 9pm, Fri, 8am - 4pm
For info. call: 850-484-2550

All events are free and open to the public.
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Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts,
 Visual Arts Gallery, Bldg.15,
Pensacola State College        (formerly PJC)
1000 College Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32504     (click for directions)

Media- Videos and Photos
Videos Clips include the building and construction of the Anagama kiln. In addition, interviews with builder Brian Harper and potter Don Rietz are included.
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A Photo Gallery is also available for the documentation of the building process of the Anagama.
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