March 14, 2008
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Orton International Cone Box Show returns to Baker
Baldwin City, Kan. – Baker University will exhibit more than 150 unique ceramic pieces at the Orton International Cone Box Show April 1-25 at the Holt-Russell Gallery at Parmenter Hall. An opening reception will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 1.

More than 400 entries from around the globe were submitted for the show, which Baker hosts every other year. Artists were challenged to create ceramic artwork no larger than 3 inches by 3 inches by 6 inches, the dimensions of the Orton Standard Pyrometric Cone Box from which the show takes its name.

The pieces are composed of at least 50 percent clay and could not exceed $150 in value. Artists from Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Denmark and Japan are represented in the show.

“I saw things that made me pause, whether at an exquisite craftsmanship, humor and whimsy, or a wonderful weirdness and bizarreness,” said Bede Clarke, a juror for the show. “I was particularly impressed with the international scope of the entries.”

Wendy Kershaw, an artist from Scotland, received the Best in Show honor for her entry, “A Small Book of Chinese Proverbs.” Jurors Choice honors were awarded to Nicholas Bonner, Cincinnati, “Cut Bowl,” Billie Jean Theide, Champaign, Ill., “OIL,” and Machiko Yamazaki, Japan, “Niche1”.

Baker has been host to the international exhibit alternating years since 1994. The show began in 1975 as the brainchild of late Lawrence artist Bill Bracker, who then was teaching at Purdue University. In 1977, the show moved with Bracker to Lawrence, where he taught at Kansas University for two years and then left to pursue his own pottery. Inge Balch, an art professor at Baker, resurrected the show and made it international. Balch serves as a juror and the curator for the exhibition.