Ceramic Jar with Top on a black background

From Clay to Jar – Part II: Preparing the Top

This is the second in a series of videos in which Rick Hintze, an accomplished potter from Whitewater, Wisconsin, demonstrates the complete process of making a jar from clay to finished product. In the previous installment, Rick demonstrated the “throwing” of the jar on a wheel. He also made a top for the jar. In…

A view of the administrative building of the Autonomous University Benito Juárez of Oaxaca

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Artists Conduct Workshops in Oaxaca

Since 2009 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater artists have visited the city of Oaxaca in Mexico to participate in art related activities. Last week UW-Whitewater faculty again conducted art workshops for students and professional artists in Oaxaca.  Professors Michael Flanagan and Max White completed a week of workshops on January 13, 2014 hosted by the Universidad Autónoma…

Portrait of Maestro Juan Alcázar. He is wearing a white guayabera and a dark hat.

Remembering Juan Alcázar

Last week Mexico lost a great artist and art educator. Maestro Juan Alcázar Méndez passed away on Thursday evening, February 7, 2013 due to progressively deteriorating complications of diabetes. Born in 1955 in the state of Oaxaca, Alcázar’s prodigious artistic talent propelled him to an early career in the arts. He entered the School of…

An assembly of clay sculptures of migrants standing in front of 17th century church in Oaxaca

2501 Migrants

We like to say that the United States is a land of immigrants. Yet few of us, including myself, have ever lived the life of an immigrant and, it is unlikely that we ever will. Most of us will never experience what it is like to be a migrant. Nor will we know what it…

UW-Whitewater Artists Deliver Third Round of Workshops in Oaxaca

Congratulations to Professors Max White and Michael Flanagan, two University of Wisconsin-Whitewater faculty who just completed the third round of workshops for artists in Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico. Each of the workshops lasted two weeks and culminated in a show on August 5, 2011 at La Mano Mágica, a studio and gallery in the city of…

View of St. Louis from the Arch

A View of St. Louis from the Arch

American culture loves the spectacular. One of the best examples is the Gateway Arch at St. Louis, Missouri. Spectacular in both concept and execution, the arch is a marvelous piece of public art as well as a spectacular object on the landscape. Last weekend I was there with my friend Georgia. The photo above is…

Sue Messer and Max White sitting on a restaurant patio.

UW-Whitewater Artists Deliver Workshops in Oaxaca

Congratulations to Max White and Sue Messer, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Art Department faculty, who conducted eight day workshops in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico during January, 2011. The two artists developed and led the workshops for students at the Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños (Museum of Oaxacan Painters – MuPO).  Under the direction of Maestro…