Free demonstration, lecture

January 22, 2018 by Anonymous

SHOW LOW — Fragility, balance and movement are the cornerstone of work by ceramist Heather Couch. An exhibition of her work is on display through February 16 at Northland Pioneer College’s Talon Gallery in the Aspen Center on the Show Low – White Mountain Campus.

Couch, a full-time ceramics instructor at Mesa High School and adjunct faculty at Phoenix College, will be doing a free demonstration of her techniques, from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a lecture from 7 to 8, on Thursday, February 15, in the Aspen Center, room 104.

A frequent artist-in-residence at the Mesa and Tempe Centers for the Arts, Couch's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She begins her work as “an exploration of process as a method of inquiry, and uses invention to serve as a reflection of the everyday life from which it is made.”

Her website,, features a photo gallery of her work, which she describes as “pursuing tenuousness and a sense of the precarious, there is simultaneously an underpinning of warmth and rhythmic structure. Themes such as variability, affordance, potential collapse, and intentional arbitrariness appear in the forms and materials as well as the content of the work. Playing with creating and limiting opportunity, the use of fixed data is at times employed to form aesthetic structures, often connecting to personal narratives and idealistic mismatches.”

The Talon Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located in the west end of the Aspen Center, the public should enter the parking area from West Whipple. The Aspen Center is the building closest to Whipple.

For more information about the gallery and current and future exhibitions, contact professor Magda Gluszek, 532-6176, or visit

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