Fuse: Lecture Series

A ceramic artist lecture series intended to bring professionals and students together




Tim Sherman


Tuesday April 6th, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Hosted on Zoom
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Tim is a studio potter working and living in Frederick, MD. He hold’s a B.S. in art and design from Towson University and currently exhibit his work in galleries across the United States. Tim’s work references both historical and modern wood firing and forming techniques. The unique palate of colors and textures created during a long firing heavily influence Tim’s forms and surfaces. Flame pattering and firing schedule play a huge part in the aesthetic of his work, while smooth glazes and ergonomic features aid in functionality. In an effort to maximize efficiency and productivity, he single fire his work in a large anagama style kiln located next to his studio. Most recently he has added two more wood kilns to his practice; a train and a soda kiln, and in September of 2019 Tim and his wife had their first child, Lola.


Artist Statement 

For me, being a potter doesn’t mean long hours, day in and day out, behind a wheel in a studio. I have chosen to follow the path of the flame and fire my work with wood. Wood firing has not only become what I do, but who I am. My kilns require an exorbitant about of labor and attention to run successfully making preparations paramount. The same way a painter must consider their brush and paints, I carefully ruminate the size, species and wetness of my kiln’s fuel which will become glaze as it melts on the surface of my pots. I create and decorate my work with the same level of preparation to insure the firing not only makes the work functional, but also beautiful and pleasurable to use.

IG: @shermanceramics






Past lectures


Ara Koh


Tuesday March 2nd
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Ara Koh was born in Seoul, South Korea from a fashion designer mother, and an industrial designer father. She received her BFA in Ceramics and Glass from Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea in 2018, and was an exchange student at California State University, Long Beach in 2016. Ara graduated with an MFA in Ceramic Art at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2020. Her works are installations claiming space. The intensity of the labor, repetitiveness, and palliative obsessiveness manifested in her sculpture brings a fresh reveal to the ageless themes of body, architecture-shelter and landscape.

 Her works had been exhibited in South Korea and in the United States. Ara received numerous awards including the Minister of Foreign Affairs Honor by the Korean government. Her works are collected by Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Daekyo Culture Foundation, Winell Corporation in Korea, and many personal collectors. Ara Koh currently lives and works in Washington DC.










Judit Varga


Friday March 19th 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Judit Varga is a native of Hungary. She studied mathematics and art in college before she went to the Moholy Nagy University of Arts and Design in Budapest where she majored in studio ceramics. Shortly after graduating in 1993 she moved to the US, and eventually set up her ceramic studio in Maryland. Over the last several years she also works as a professorial lecturer of ceramics at George Washington University, in Washington, DC which gives her a great counterbalance for those lonely times in her studio.