An exhibition of Joe Bruhin’s wood-fired ceramics is now on display at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas through Feb. 24.
Rooted in ancient Japanese tradition, Bruhin’s intensive Anagama kiln wood firings produce ceramics unmatched in boldness of color and richness of texture. Fired without glaze, the minerals of the wood, clay, and ash merge to produce a natural glaze reflective of the volatility and power of Bruhin’s 10-day firing process. Included in the exhibition are vases, pots, jars, as well as Bruhin’s signature Iga pots.
A free reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 20 with a gallery talk by the artist at 5:30. Gallery admission is free. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Relyance Bank.
Born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1953, Bruhin attended Meremec Community College, Maryville College, Idaho State University, and completed a residency at Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities to study ceramics. In 1986, he relocated to Fox, Ark., where he has built two kilns and continues to work as a potter. He has been awarded a fellowship by the Arkansas Art Council and has exhibited extensively throughout the United States.
The center, located at 701 Main St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and is closed on Sunday. Support for the Center is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hands-on science exhibits are offered through the center’s partnership with Arkansas Discovery Network, a consortium of seven museums in Arkansas funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.