Raku Ceramics on Display in Library
The ceramic artwork of Dr. Martin Friedman, COO, Clinical Affairs is now on exhibit in the display case to the left of the entrance of the Medical Library. The pieces on display were created in 2007, 2008, and 2009 by Dr. Friedman during evening adult education classes at the Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple in the ancient Japanese ceramic technique of Raku .
The Raku firing technique originated in 16th century Japan. Tea bowls were built from clay by hand and then were fired with lead-based glazes in wood-fired kilns. These clay pieces may be hand-built, wheel-thrown, or some combination of both. Specially formulated Raku glazes are now used for this type of firing. Typically, Raku-glazed pieces are fired for about one hour to a temperature of about 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.
Dr. Friedman commented on his new found interest in Art. “I grew up with no training or inclination toward any of the visual arts. My interest in Ceramics blossomed in middle age, about ten years ago, at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. Chautauqua is the place in the United States where the idea of continuing education for adults was invented in the late 1800s. Chautauqua’s spirit and atmosphere gave me the courage to try something utterly foreign to my life experience up to that point.”
“I don’t offer pieces for individual sale. On two occasions I’ve donated a number of pieces to silent auctions to help raise funds for work-related worthy causes, and I hope to be able to do this again in the future.”
Dr. Friedman’s ceramics will be on display through the end of summer.