Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Robert Brigl Sculpts Clay Face Jugs at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea June 13
On Saturday, June 13, Bowling Green ceramicist Robert Brigl will demonstrate how he creates his pottery face jugs from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Drawn to the traditional forms of American folk pottery, Brigl makes both functional and sculptural ceramic jugs and bottles on the potter’s wheel. He sculpts these thrown forms with faces and figures by adding coils and pieces of clay to their surfaces. He sometimes makes the eyes from white porcelain clay.
Brigl often finishes these pieces with glaze and sometimes adds semi-precious stones or sand-blasts the surfaces to make the glazes appear to be time-worn. He also makes a line of hand-built and pinched face “Nuts” in a variety of sizes, from 2-4 inches.
Face jugs created by Robert Brigl demonstrating at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Brigl is a juried member of the Kentucky Art Council’s Kentucky Crafted Program and regularly shows his work at the co-operative studio and gallery The Pots Place, in Bowling Green, as well as at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Born in North Dakota, Brigl grew up in the Midwest and came to Kentucky when his family moved to the state for his father to finish his doctorate. Brigl studied ceramics at Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green, under the direction of professor Bill Weaver.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1974, Brigl apprenticed for four years with Weaver, assisting him in the building of a studio and kilns. Brigl received his master’s degree in public administration in 1976. He then worked as the exhibits curator for the Kentucky Museum for 10 years. From 1986 to 2011, he taught high school art in the Warren County Public Schools and now works full time as a potter.
Pottery by Robert Brigl is regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits on display include “Turn, Turn, Turn: Lathe-Turned Works by Kentucky Artisans” on display through Sept. 12; and on display in the lobby, “Kentucky Murals by Frank W. Long” through July 4. For more information about events call 859-985-5448, go to the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.