Auburn native to demonstrate Japanese art of “Raku”
Wednesday, Oct. 23
Nancy Fairbanks at work.
(Peru, Neb.) Grand Island artist Nancy Fairbanks, a native of Auburn, Neb., will demonstrate the art of Raku from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Live Oak Room of the Peru Sate College Student Center next Wednesday, Oct. 23. She will talk more about her work during a presentation at 7 p.m. that evening in the same location.
Both events are free and the public is encouraged to attend.
Raku is a Japanese method of pottery firing which involves direct interaction between the artist and the fire. Pots are pulled from the flames of a kiln when glaze is molten. Various techniques employed at that point create dramatic metallic and iridescent surfaces on the clay. Clay, a material capable of expressing fluidity, allows Fairbanks’ works, which are inspired by the movement and freedom of nature, to show these interchanges. Her various firing techniques add to the unique surface textures of her work, which is why she says, “my artwork is meant to be touched.”
In her rural Grand Island studio, Fairbanks creates unique decorative and functional pottery and sculpture. She has been an “artist-in-residence” for the Nebraska Arts Council and teaches various pottery methods in schools across the state. She produced the Governor’s Art Awards for the State of Nebraska. Fairbanks’ work can be found in the collections of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in Lincoln, the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney and in private collections around the world. Her work is very popular at regional art fairs and is available at art galleries across the United States.
Fairbanks will work with Peru State students in the classroom throughout the day on Tuesday, Oct. 22 as part of the college’s Student Engagement Enhancement (SEE) Initiative, the goal of which is to enhance the student experience through distinctive engagement, fostering engaged learning and achievement through proven best practices, and creating a dynamic learning environment for the campus community focused on professional development and technology.