Jeff Oestreich, a former apprentice of master potter Bernard Leach, will be visiting the Craft in America Center on Saturday, February 22nd at 5:00 pm to participate in a roundtable discussion entitled Keeping Pottery Traditions Alive. He will be joined by Charlie Maag, pictured above, as well as Gail Kendall and Tim Heil, all of whose work is featured in the show.
Oestreich, who was profiled in Craft in America’s 2012 documentary episode Crossroads, was trained in the austere simplicity of traditional Asian pottery while serving as an apprentice to Bernard Leach in England in the 1960s. Upon his return to the states in 1971, he began to disseminate Leach’s legacy to numerous American ceramists who have carried the messages forward. The exhibition of his work currently on display at the Center reflects the passing on of traditions, attitudes, studio and making practices, and aesthetic values. It pays homage to Oestreich’s role as an influential voice in contemporary pottery.