Jonah Fleeger named Artist in Residence at Morean Center for Clay. His class on clay form begins September 11.

04 Sep 2019, Posted by Robin McGowan in Classes, Community, News, Press Releases

St. Petersburg, FL – Jonah Fleeger was selected from a field of nearly 50 artists from across the US to participate in the 2019-20 Artist in Residence program at the Morean Center for Clay, a Morean Arts Center facility for ceramic arts. Originally from Northwest Indiana, Fleeger will be offering courses and workshops as part of his residency.

He attended a small boarding school called Verde Valley School in Sedona. “That is where my love for pottery first started,” said Fleeger. He received a BFA in ceramics from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a teacher and glaze maker at the Lillstreet Art Center. He completed post-baccalaureate programs at the University of Colorado and Northern Arizona University before earning an MFA in ceramics from The Rhode Island School of Design. “Thinking Through Form” with Jonah Fleeger will be offered for 3-week or 6-week class options on Wednesdays, from 10 am to 12:30 pm beginning September 11. Open to clay students of all levels and experiences, the class will be primarily wheel-throwing, with a touch of hand-building, and will focus on creating form in the vessel whether it is traditional or more sculptural. “The course will cover various techniques to help students achieve the forms they’ve always wanted to create,” said Fleeger.

Fleeger says the residency at the Morean Center for Clay allows him to become a part of a ceramics community outside of an academic setting. I also believe the MCC will allow me the resources and connections to help push my career forward as an artist. I am really looking forward to meeting the community at the MCC, having the opportunity to show my work more and teach! I can’t wait to get to work in the studio!”

The Morean Center for Clay is the largest operating clay studio in the Southeast. It boasts over 48 professional ceramic artist working studios. The Center also has opportunities for the public to participate in classes and workshops and to support the artists in the retail shop on property featuring their works.

The Artist in Residence program at the Morean Center for Clay aims to enhance and further the educational experience of clay artists. During their time at the Morean they are encouraged to build their body of work, teach classes for youth and adults, apply to shows and participate in group and individual critiques. A solo exhibition serves as the capstone experience for the program, highlighting the concentration of the artist’s work during his/her residency. Residency alumni have gone on to study at graduate school, to own and operate their own studios and have become professors at colleges and universities across the Nation.

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