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Visiting Artist: Michael Lalone - Friday, December 8th from 10am - 1pm
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Lecture & Demonstration

Come see a potter in action!
Friday, December 8, 2017
10:00am - 1:00pm

Cultural Affairs Black Box Theatre
9 W. Henry St., Savannah, Ga 31401
Free and open to the public!

Join us as we welcome ceramic artist, Michael Lalone, to Cultural Affairs on Friday, December 8, 2017 for an inspiring lecture and instructional demonstration of his unique work. This event is free and open to the public!

More about Mike:

Mike Lalone has been working in clay for over 20 years. He started by taking a teacher re-certification class and hasn't stopped yet! The former basketball standout was teaching physical education classes and coaching when in 1981 he decided to take a year off and do a summer intensive study at Alfred University with Val Cushing, a year at the Kansas City Art Institute with Ken Ferguson, Victor Babu, and George Timock. The following summer was spent assisting variou professional clay artists in Arrowmont. 

Returning to Dr. Phillips High in Orlando, Mike proceeded to build one of the nation's top ceramic programs. With help from potter friends, students, and the community, he built wood and salt kilns, a raku area, and the traditional electric firing that is the mainstay for the high school program. He was honored by the Daniel Clark Foundation as an exemplary instructor and has received numerous teaching awards, twice being named Teacher of the Year. Mike was nominated twice from his school for the Walt Disney Teacheriffic Award, winning top program recognition in 1991. Most recent was the Kessler Foundation Award for excellence in art education. 

Mike's work has appeared in Clay Times Magazine, local news publications and several movies shot in the Orlando area. National shows, such as "The Strictly Functional National" and the Ceramics Biennial showcased his work to folks across the country. His work is also in the collection of schools in China and Japan.

Mike's strength is in his love of teaching and sharing what others have so freely given to him. He says that clay folks are among the most giving, genuine people he has met and for this reason he was immediately drawn to that type of personality. Being a teacher at the Boys and Girls Clubs at the age of 14, teaching and coaching at the public school level for 31 years has allowed Mike to fulfill his dream of being a person who gives back to help others. 

Mike Lalone is continuing his teaching career at the John C. Campbell Folkschool in Brasstown, N.C. In 2005, Mike was given the honor and opportunity to become park of the Folkschool's faculty. Being selected as the resident potter has allowed him to bring in top talent to continue the tradition of strong clay education at the Folkschool. His goal is to build an already strong program even stronger. Mike's functional and sculptural work is available in galleries across the country and at his studios in the Murphy, N.C. area. 

Learn more about Mike and see examples of his work here:

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