Fiery artist displays works at college |

Fiery artist displays works at college

Staff report
BRAD HORN/Nevada Appeal Artist Joe Winter is framed in one of his slab tea pots while installing his work for the exhibit "Pyrotechniques II: An Interplay of Form, Surface and Fire" on Friday.

Reno artist Joe Winter likes taking everyday objects and turning them into art.

Easy? Try again.

The artist uses a firing process called “Raku” that includes applying fire directly to clay and has resulted in some of the artist’s latest works in stoneware. It has also resulted in many works that “could have been.”

“Fire is terribly destructive,” Winter said. “The makeup of the clay, the throwing, the thickness of the glaze, position in the kiln, and temperature are just a few of the variables that are recorded in each finished piece.”

Winter’s show, titled “Pyrotechniques II,” features more than a dozen of these finished pieces at Western Nevada College’s Main Gallery located in the Bristlecone Building.

The show runs through Nov. 9.

The exhibit also includes a recent collaboration between Winter and musician Greg Adams.

“We have made a series of guitars and one banjo,” Winter said. “I make the body in clay and Greg adds the neck and hardware.”

An artist’s reception will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 15.

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