The Events

Photo by Dante Gambardella

The Firings

September 14 – 15: DeWeese Cross Draft Kiln

September 28 – 29: Haynes Hall, MSU Bozeman– Wood Kilns, Cross Draft and Bourry Box

October 9 – 13: Melvin Grad Studio– Train Kiln

The Events:

Thursday, October 11, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Ceramics Studio, Haynes Hall, MSU Bozeman:
Ceramic demonstrations by Dan Murphy, Associate Professor from Utah State University, and Julia Isidrez, Studio Artist from Paraguay Both will be lecturing later that afternoon, at  4:00 pm in Cheever 214.

Thursday, October 11, 4:00 pm in
Cheever Hall 214, Bozeman Campus:
Lectures by Dan Murphy and Julia Isidrez on their practice and work


Julia Isídrez was born in Itá in the Central Department, a city that is also nicknamed the “Capital of Ceramics.”

Isídrez originates from a family of ceramists, and was educated in this profession by her mother Juana Marta Rodas, who had learned it from her mother and grandmother. Ceramic art in Paraguay is principally practiced by women and comes forth from the pre-colonial pottery tradition. During several decades she worked closely with her mother, with whom she exhibited in her own country and abroad. They received many international awards.

Isídrez’ work should be classified as modern art, and is characterized by traditional pottery of the countryside with exotic Jesuit and contemporary techniques.

Around 2010, she separated from her mother in a professional sense. In that particular year she held the exposition Paraguay Esquivo in Paris with Ediltrudis Noguera.


Daniel Murphy is a studio artist and associate professor teaching ceramics at Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

Murphy has presented his work in ninety-eight exhibitions, including six in conjunction with the annual conferences of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) while working as faculty since 2003 at Utah State University. Some of his individual exhibitions include works presented at Tong-In Auction Gallery in Seoul, Korea and Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, UT.

While at Utah State University, Murphy has made forty-three presentations at universities and art centers throughout the world, and has exhibited and presented at three wood fire conferences. In addition, Murphy was an organizer and Master of Ceremonies for the international wood fire conference entitled, Twenty + One Years of the Tozan Kiln held at Northern Arizona University Art Museum in Flagstaff, AZ. He has been awarded Researcher of the Year and Artist of the Year in the college of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Utah State University in Logan, UT.

Murphy has twenty-nine years experience firing wood-burning kilns and recently conducted a wood firing at the Truro Center For the Arts, Castle Hill, Truro, Massachusetts. Upcoming events include 50 from 6 at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Southern Utah Museum of Art, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah and the first Bi-Annual Wood Fire Symposium, winter 2015 at the Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana.

The Exhibitions:

cropped-website-banner.pngEast Fork at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall
Exhibition:  October 1st –  25th
Reception: Tuesday, October 16th
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Invitational woodfire ceramic exhibition including the work of alumni and former faculty, celebrating almost 75 years of wood firing at MSU. Includes the work of Frances Senska, Rudy Autio, Al Tennant, Rick Pope, Bill Alexander, Peter Voulkos, Josh DeWeese, Dean Adams, Rachael Marne Jones, Kelsie Rudolph, David Peters, Ernest Forward, Luis Katz, Robert “Boomer” Moore, Jared Gabriel, Mark Croghan, Ryan Embry, Mat Rude, Mark Kronfuss, Two Holds Studio, Chris Bieniek, Nicholas Danielson, Alison McKinley, Ben Babcock, Benjamin Upchurch, John Joyce, Casey Zablocki, Joe Geil, Christine Gronnenburg, Danielle O’Malley, Marion Bowler, Keith Gilyard, Chad Carignan, Larry Phan, and Issac Helvey.

Victoria Burchill, MFA Candidate

West Fork at the Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery
at the Melvin Graduate Studios

Exhibition:  October 14th – 19th Reception: Tuesday, October 16th
4:00 – 6:00 pm


An exhibition featuring the current work of  MSU Graduate Students including Victoria Burchill, Megan Sprenger, Jon Bashioum, Matt Levy, Alyssa Willard, Christina Simona Marian,  Alayna Rasile-Digrindakis, Samuel Gathje, Laurel McKay, Alex Botelho, Philip Debies, and Casey Figueroa.


Matt Levy, MFA Candidate

Middle Fork  in The Beyond Gallery at the Melvin Graduate Studio
Reception: Tuesday, October 16th
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Helena dates: TBD


The Beyond Gallery is a mobile gallery, and is  intended to promote arts in Montana.  Owned and operated by MFA Candidate, Jon Bashiousm, The Beyond Gallery is constructed  in a 1987 MCI Motor Coach and is currently a work in progress. This show will be the first exhibition in the space after Phase I of renovations. Middle Fork will feature student work based around the theme of wood firing, portraying a respect for tradition and an enthusiasm for innovation.

Downstream Downfire in the Exit Gallery at Strand Union Building 212
Exhibition: October 15th – 26th
Reception:  Wednesday, October 17th
5:00 – 6:30 pm

The MSU Ceramic Guild will be showing their collected woodfired work, exhibiting different techniques of firing and use of clay.  This work represents our struggle, love and addiction for woodfire ceramics.