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Landscape-inspired pottery by Carstens '77 on display in October

Barry McNamara
10/05/2011
Gary Carstens '77
An exhibit of landscape-inspired pottery by Gary Carstens, a 1977 Monmouth College graduate, will be on display Oct. 7 – 30 in the college’s Len G. Everett Gallery.

A reception for Carstens will be held Oct. 7 from 3 – 5 p.m. in the gallery, and he will speak about the exhibit at 3:15 p.m. The exhibit, talk and reception are all free and open to the public.

“While I travel the upper Midwest and mountains of North Carolina, I am drawn into interaction with the lines and shape of the landscape,” said Carstens, who majored in art at Monmouth with an emphasis on sculpture and ceramics. “As I become visually involved with each landscape, there is often one scene, one valley or structure I am draw to. These landscape experiences have become the subject matter for my porcelain discs and other stoneware functional items.”

Describing the creation process, Carstens added, “These clay canvases are very responsive to subtle alterations and to the addition of glaze colorants and other atmospheric kiln effects such as carbon trapping and fuming. All porcelain ware and functional objects are reduction fired in a wood/salt kiln.”

Carstens owns Mississippi Mud Studios in Dubuque, Iowa. Some of his ceramics will also be on display Oct. 14 – 16 at the “Twenty Dirty Hands” exhibit in Galena.

Located in Hewes Library, the Everett Gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. – midnight; Fridays, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon – midnight.