The Performing Arts Studio presents a Pizza Platter Pottery Show featuring the work of Daniel Harris, MFA. The exhibit opens in the Norman Depot, 200 South Jones, with a reception from 2:00 to 4:00 on Sunday, August 5. Refreshments will be served and music will entertain. The Pizza Platter Pottery Show continues through September 30.
The pottery on display will include miniature ceramic pots, just a few inches tall. Harris indicates he has made “several suitcases full” and plans to make many more. “Miniatures take as much time as the full sized version, but I really enjoy making them.” he says, “I’ve been making them since 1979, but have gotten more focused on them recently.” Some oversized pots will be included in the exhibit also.
Full sized “pizza platters,” which are the real thing -- pizza baked, dried and varnished -- will surprise and delight! Harris was working in a bakery in 1980 making pizza, and in the same time period, making pots of traditional clay. He really enjoyed the feel of both the clay and the dough and, always ready to get creative with a new medium, it was then he made his first pizza platters.
“For me, this show is about the connections between the first pots I made and those made recently for this show.” Harris says. “It’s all tied together.”
Harris earned a Master of Fine Arts degree, with an emphasis on ceramics, from the University of Oklahoma in 1992. He is in charge of the arts program at Irving Middle School where he teaches technique and encourages individuality and creativity. He offers a summer art program at Irving as well, with assistance from the Performing Arts Studio.
Performing Arts Studio gallery exhibitions are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Corporate sponsor is Arvest Bank.
PAS gallery and office hours are 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Tuesday through Friday, and from 1:00 to 5:00 on Sunday. For additional information, call the PAS at 405-307-9320.