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Nigerian Master Potter to Visit, Give Demonstration

Nigerian Master Potter to Visit, Give Demonstration

On Friday, January 23, Ibukunoluwa Ayoola, (aka IBK), Master Potter of Atamora Village, Osun, Nigeria, will visit Penn State School of Visual Arts to give a demonstration of his techniques and to promote his project with the Potters Water Action Group. IBK learned his skills from various sources and eventually attracted young people who wanted to work in the clay arts.

IBK is working with Potters Water Action Group to transform his pottery studio into a ceramic water filter production facility. Potters Water Action Group, under the direction of Richard Wukich, retired professor of ceramics, Slippery Rock University, is dedicated to the promotion, production, and education of ceramic water filters in Honduras, Haiti, Iraq, Sudan and the Dominican Republic. 

Reservoir Studio, led B. Stephen Carpenter, II, professor of art education,in SoVA, is a member of Potters Water Action Group. An underground collective for trans-disciplinary collaboration, Reservoir Studio is comprised of artists, educators, students, and interested citizens who pool intellectual and other resources for the purposes of inquiry, pedagogy, and action. Reservoir Studio enacts arts-based research, education, and public performances about the ceramic water filters, and curriculum projects in response to the global water crisis. 

The schedule of events for Friday, January 23 is as follows:

9am: Light Breakfast, Clay Studio

10am: Pottery/Wheel Throwing Demonstration, Clay Studio

3pm: Water Filter Workshop, Reservoir Studio

IBK’s visit is sponsored by the Potters Water Action Group (potterswateractiongroup.org); Reservoir Studio (sites.psu.edu/reservoirstudio); Penn State Ceramics Club; Penn State School of Visual Arts; and the College of Arts and Architecture Multicultural Programs.

For additional information, contact bsc5@psu.edu.

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