In the midst of these celebrations, the college also will host an acclaimed pottery exhibition called Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire. Located in the Hardwick Gallery, the show will feature work from eight of Minnesota’s most celebrated potters, which has Bo Bedilion, assistant professor of art and director of the Hardwick Gallery, very excited.
“This show has roots that go really far back in functional, utilitarian pottery,” said Bedilion. “All of the potters in the show have been influences of mine since I’ve been making pots, so it’s a pleasure to have these pots to share with our art students and the community.”
The exhibition is put together by noted potter and educator Mark Lambert Looking to expose his students and the local community to this show, Bedilion has been in talks with Lambert for more than a year to bring the art to Columbia.
“The show has fine examples of what we’re trying to achieve in the pottery studio here at the college,” said Bedilion.
Columbia College is the fifth stop on this exhibition’s tour and marks the first time the show has been outside of Minnesota. In addition to the pottery, the exhibition also features two documentary films, “Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire” and “Warren Mackenzie: A Potter’s Hands,” which will be shown Friday, Sept. 26, at Practice Hall.
The show will run through Oct. 17, allowing people on hand for Dr. Scott Dalrymple’s inauguration festivities the opportunity to enjoy this unique art.