Ceramics exhibit on display at Pitt State through Aug 18 – Newstalk KZRG

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Mayumi Kiefer, teaching assistant professor of ceramics in the Department of Art at Pittsburg State University and an award-winning artist, is showing her work at the University Gallery through August 18 in an exhibition titled “The Night Before “. It is free and open to the public.

The gallery is located in Porter Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kiefer grew up in Japan, where ceramics were part of everyday life, but creating art with clay was something done by men, not women – and certainly not young girls. Kiefer recently assumed the role of director of the university’s ceramics program and studio.

“My journey started with the message, ‘Girls don’t do that,'” she said, “and it seems like I’ve spent my whole life proving them wrong.”

Now Japanese-American, Kiefer is a clay artist with a passion for passing on what she has learned to others in hopes of making a difference.

Its exhibition includes iconic pieces for which Kiefer became known in the world of ceramics. One of them, a life-size samurai warrior in armor with helmet and boots, is a nod to Kiefer’s mother’s family and the civil war between their clan and a dominant rival hundreds of years ago. of years.

She has an associate’s degree in engineering, a bachelor’s degree in 3D studio art and a master’s degree in ceramics, has completed artist residencies abroad, and her awards are long and varied.

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