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Artist Spotlight

John Oles - October-December 2013


John Oles was born in the small town of Wrentham, Massachusetts and studied ceramics at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He received a BFA in ceramics in 1998 and for three years, taught high school ceramics in Massachusetts before moving to North Carolina in 2004 to attend the Penland School of Crafts. In the summer of 2005, Oles moved to New Orleans, just before hurricane Katrina forced his temporary relocation to Athens, Georgia. He was adopted as a graduate student at the University of Georgia until his return to New Orleans to complete an MFA in ceramics at Tulane University.  From 2008 to 2013, Oles taught ceramics at Loyola University. He currently teaches part- time at Tulane University, while continuing to work as a studio artist.


Mark Derby - July-September 2013


Mark Derby has been living and working in New Orleans for the past 17 years. Derby Pottery and Tile, in operation since 2000, is the home of not only the artistic, one-of-a-kind pieces shown here, but also exquisite Victorian patterned relief tiles and a host of other hand made objects. Derby is a former professor of art at Tulane University and has held numerous Artist-in-Residence positions across the United States. His exhibition record includes solo and group exhibitions in local and national venues, most recently at the Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, NC. He received his Master of Fine Arts in 1989 from California State University, Long Beach. Mark Derby has exhibited work in the Center for Southern Craft & Design/Museum Store since the opening of the Ogden Museum in 2003, and we are honored to showcase him here.

More work available in the Center for Southern Craft & Design. Please come by or call us if you're interested. (504) 539-9650.

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