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Art + Mindfulness 2021
creating art with meaning
Fee: $30 per workshop. Saturday afternoons, 1-3 pm.
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February 6 – Tea Bowl, Tea House, Tea Ceremony
Dick Lehman will share how his work has been influenced by his travels in Japan and his relationships with Japanese potters, and what he’s come to understand about tea bowls and the tea ceremony. He’ll offer stories, readings and poems, with lots of time left for conversation, questions and reflections from/with participants. If WIFI permits a demonstration of throwing a tea bowl and a look at the artists studio is also part of the presentation.
Bio and Artist Statement
Dick Lehman has lived in northern Indiana most of his life. He built his first ceramic studio and wood fired kiln in 1976, working in clay as a hobby until 1981. He then began working as a full time potter, opening his studio, Dick Lehman, Potter, Inc in Goshen Indiana. His studio employed an average of 6 people at a time, including apprentices. The studio produced and sold on-site nearly 20,000 pieces annually. The development of a new form of sagger-firing which utilizes carbon-film-transferred imagery from vegetation and pioneered a side firing approach, was featured in the April 1996 Ceramics Monthly magazine.
Dick’s work and writing have been published in 10 international ceramic publications since 1985, where he’s had more than 50 of his articles published. He exhibits in national and international ceramics exhibitions each year, having participated in more than 300 invitational exhibitions both nationally and internationally. He has offered workshop for colleges, university and regional potters guild both nationally and internationally. From the early 1990’s to 2002, he has traveled three times to study and exhibit his work in Japan.
“To choose clay is to make so many other choices as well . . . to choose learning more than understanding; to choose marveling more than knowing; and to choose to become a receiver, more than a maker. Whatever this material produces . . . whether capricious or consistent, cantankerous or considerate, contrary or controlled, it always happens in the context of a working community; a collaboration of the generous, the curious, the intrepid. Here . . . here, work is transformed . . . and so, when I commit to it, am I.”