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Fired up about clay

Published on August 14, 2018 8:10PM

Portland ceramicist Maya Vivas will be the guest speaker at the Monday, Aug. 20, Mingle and Muse, held at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology just north of Lincoln City.

Titled “Set in Stone,” Vivas’ presentation will explore intersections of clay and personal narrative in humanity’s ongoing quest to be seen, heard and remembered.

Vivas points out that the earliest recorded use of fired ceramics was not for transportation of food or water, but the creation of figurines: both human and animal.

“From cave paintings to graffiti, humans have always had the desire to make their mark on the world” she said. “As social creatures it is within our nature to share our ideas and narratives, for when our physical bodies no longer exist, what else is left?”

A ceramic sculptor, performance artist and activist, Vivas is the co-owner of Ori Gallery, whose mission is to redefine “the white cube” by amplifying the voices of queer and trans artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts.

Her ceramic sculptures have been featured in an array of galleries throughout Portland, Los Angeles and New Zealand, including venues in association with The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

Monday’s Mingle and Muse will start at 4:30 pm, with the presentation beginning at 5 pm.

The Sitka Center is located at 56605 Sitka Drive, off Three Rocks Road just north of Lincoln City.

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