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Metalsmith Harlan Butt to Speak and Present Workshop


Blue Jay Vessel #3 by Harlan Butt

Radford University’s Department of Art is hosting metalsmith guest artist Harlan Butt. On Friday, Nov. 8, he will present a lecture about his unique creations and will provide a two-day Cloisonné Enameling workshop starting on Nov. 9.

A leader in both the contemporary metals and enameling fields, Butt produces superbly crafted, intimately scaled vessels in copper, silver, enamel and brass. While having their roots in utilitarian form, his exquisite objects with their richly layered metaphors rise to the level of fine metal sculpture.

For more than 30 years, he has investigated mankind’s relationship to nature – or, in his words, “the earth beneath our feet” – as he explores the spiritual implications of simple natural things.

In both its form and content, Butt’s work has been profoundly influenced by Japanese philosophy and aesthetics. His interest in nature, simplicity, asymmetry, and indeed, in enamel, itself, emerge from his exploration of Asian cultural traditions.

Butt is currently a Regents Professor of Art at the University of North Texas where he has taught since 1976. His work has been exhibited internationally and is represented in many permanent collections throughout the world. His art has been featured and published in numerous newspapers, magazines and books.

The lecture on Nov. 8 starts at 6:00 p.m. in room 208 in Porterfield Hall. All are welcome to attend. The workshop on the follow days is free, sponsored by the RU Jewelry Guild. There is a $30 material fee for this, which is due on Nov. 6. Space for the workshop is limited and must be reserved. For more information, contact Associate Professor Alison Pack at apack2@radford.edu.

For additional information on the Butt, visit his website: www.harlanbutt.com. For more information about Radford University’s Department of Art, visit www.radford.edu/art.

Nov 4, 2013

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