Lyon Col­lege Kilted Kiln opens on Main Street

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THREE RIVERS EDITION -

BATESVILLE — Lyon Col­lege re­cently started a pot­tery stu­dio in his­toric down­town Batesville at 309 E. Main St. For­merly Main Street Pot­tery, the new Lyon Col­lege Kilted Kiln will of­fer pot­tery classes for class credit and work­shops for the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Main Street Pot­tery own­ers Karen and Jeff Bai­ley have agreed to lease the stu­dio and its equip­ment to the col­lege for two years.

Dustyn Bork, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of art, worked with the Bai­leys to lease the stu­dio and said he is ex­cited about what the stu­dio can of­fer Lyon stu­dents.

“This is an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to learn tra­di­tional skills in hand­build­ing and throw­ing pot­tery,” Bork said. “It is also a unique op­por­tu­nity in that it gets stu­dents off cam­pus and puts us in a thriv­ing down­town. … I am thrilled by the prox­im­ity it puts our stu­dents in to the his­toric Batesville down­town with its many great restau­rants, shops and gal­leries.”

Be­gin­ning and ad­vanced cour­ses will be of­fered each se­mes­ter. This se­mes­ter, Chad Graves will teach a stu­dio ce­ram­ics class.

Graves, who has a Bach­e­lor of Fine Arts de­gree fo­cused in ce­ram­ics, said he plans to teach the stu­dents sev­eral as­pects of pot­tery, be­sides teach­ing stu­dents “how to throw.”

“We will also ex­plore hand-build­ing, sculp­ture, tiles, glaz­ing and kiln fir­ing,” Graves said. “I plan to take some stu­dents out to a lo­cal place and prospect clay from the ground. This will help them see the whole process from the ground to the fine art fin­ish.”

Se­nior art stu­dent Vic­to­ria Hutch­e­son will serve as an as­sis­tant in the ce­ram­ics class this se­mes­ter. She re­cently com­pleted an in­de­pen­dent study in ce­ram­ics with Karen Bai­ley and now gets to con­tinue her study as the as­sis­tant.

“This stu­dio will give stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand into a medium that is gen­er­ally not as well-known com­ing from a high school ed­u­ca­tion,” Hutch­e­son said. “It also gives stu­dents who are not de­clared art ma­jors the chance to ex­pand their in­ter­ests and po­ten­tially grow an in­ter­est in an art ma­jor or mi­nor.”

Hutch­e­son said she wants to be­come an art ther­a­pist af­ter she grad­u­ates, and hav­ing a back­ground in ce­ram­ics will help pre­pare her for that goal.

“On most of my grad­u­ate school [ap­pli­ca­tions], ce­ram­ics was listed as a spe­cific re­quire­ment, along with sev­eral other medi­ums that I needed to have ex­pe­ri­ence with,” Hutch­e­son said. “This al­lowed me to be more well-rounded and ex­pe­ri­enced when ap­ply­ing to grad­u­ate schools and, hope­fully, be a more com­pet­i­tive can­di­date.”

The pot­tery stu­dio will also part­ner with the Batesville Area Arts Coun­cil to of­fer com­mu­nity work­shops. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit

www. batesvil­leareaartscoun­cil. org/classes—work­shops.

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