UM Hosts Ceramic Artists Feb. 24 for Archie Bray Day

February 19, 2015

MISSOULA – Three ceramic artists from the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena will demonstrate their techniques and lecture on their work Tuesday, Feb. 24, during the annual Archie Bray Day at the University of Montana.

Events run from 10:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Artists Tom Jaszczak, Heesoo Lee, and John Souter will demonstrate their work from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the Ceramics Studio of UM’s Art Annex, located south of the Adams Center. A lecture and slide show of the artists’ work will be held from 5:10 to 6:30 p.m. in Social Science Building Room 356.

Jaszczak received a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bemidji State University.  After graduating, he apprenticed at Mill Creek Pottery for a year and learned the process of wood firing. Among other grants, residencies and awards, he was the recipient of a Jerome Project Grant through the Northern Clay Center and a Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He has been an assistant to Tara Wilson of Helena and a summer resident at The Armory Art Center in Florida and the Archie Bray Foundation. Most recently he has been focusing on developing a red earthenware soda fired body of work. 

Lee was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art from Ehwa University. After apprenticing with Julia Kirillova in Berkeley, California, Heesoo began her full time studio practice in Maui, Hawaii, then Durango, Colorado. Lee creates her works in porcelain and white stoneware. She paints landscape and floral imagery on her pieces with underglazes, slips and glazes. By layering the painting materials, she is able to achieve a level of depth, color and realism rarely found in high-fired ceramic painting.

Souter is an artist originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in crafts from the University of the Arts in 2012. Souter has been a recipient of the Windgate Charitable Foundation Fellowship, and is currently the Taunt Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. The objects he creates have been published in American Craft, Ceramic Review and Ceramics Monthly.

Archie Bray Day is sponsored by the Jim and Jane Dew Visiting Artist Fund and the UM School of Art. For more information call UM art Professor Beth Lo at 406-243-5893 or the School of Art office at 406-243-4181. 

Contact: Beth Lo, UM art professor, 406-243-5893,