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Ceramic Work by Al Omarzu Functional Ash Glaze Bowls, Teapots, Covered Jars

TWO HARBOUR MINNESOTA ---  October 22, 2011  -----  Waterfront Gallery Presents: Ceramic Work by Al Omarzu Functional Ash Glaze Bowls, Teapots, Covered Jars, 

Al OmarzuInfluenced by English and Chinese folk pottery, Al Omarzu creates ash glaze forms with unique decoration and texture.  Al studied under John Steffel, receiving his BA from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.  He also has been influenced by ceramic artists Bernard Leach, Michael Cardew and Dick Cooter.  His pottery is designed and priced to be used every day in the oven and on the table.

A professional artist for over 20 years, Al is also recognized for the commercial work he does for clients that encompasses hard edge graphics and logos.  Al has worked for many years on the commercial side of ceramics, providing products and services to many local organizations.
The Two Harbors resident also exercises his creativity in building traditional hot rods, which he considers an art form.  He believes that his interest in iconic automobiles has led him in other artistic directions, including painting and restoring leather flight jackets.



As a welder, book illustrator, hot rod builder, painter and pottery artist, Al makes note of the following when asked about his enthusiasm and participation in multiple art forms:   “I feel all my art work, both fine and commercial, is based on my ability to draw. I grew up in the car culture, and another aspect of my artistic life is the traditional American hotrod. I've been seriously building for almost 15 years, and have completed almost a half dozen of 40's era cars. I consider these cars a traditional American art form much like Amish quilts or Annazi pottery.”
 Omarzu’s ceramic pieces include teapots of all shapes, tea bowls, bowls in all shapes for serving or displaying, covered jars and pots used as casseroles, basket bowls, short and tall vases, and his signature footed bowls.  His wood ash glaze technique yields handsome natural toned colors of blue-green and golden brownish green.  The pieces are designed for function and are attractively priced.
Waterfront Gallery is proud to present Al Omarzu’s ceramics that pay homage to hand-made, unique, and beautiful items designed for our everyday use.  The opening is free and open to the public on Saturday, November 12 from 3PM to 5PM.  Look for Waterfront Gallery on Facebook: Gallery.

Opening Reception:  Saturday November 12 from 3-5 PM

632 First Avenue, Two Harbors, MN 55616 218-834-0756
Gallery hours are:  10:00am to 5:00pm - Wednesday through Saturday

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