Chris Gustin talks on Finding Form, May 10

Chris Gustin

Christopher S. Gustin will present an illustrated lecture titled Finding Form, on Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the museum’s Cook Memorial Theater. A reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery precedes the lecture.

Chris Gustin is a studio artist and former professor at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His work is published extensively and is represented in numerous public and private collections. With over 40 solo exhibitions, he has exhibited, lectured and taught workshops in the United States, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Chris is cofounder of the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine, where he serves as vice president on its board of trustees

Born in Chicago, Chris grew up in Los Angeles. After running one of his family’s small commercial ceramics factories, he attended Kansas City Art Institute, receiving a BFA in ceramics. He earned his MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and established his first clay studio in Guilford, Connecticut, with his sister-in-law Jane Gustin, where they produced functional and sculptural pottery.

Chris has taught at Parson’s School of Design, Boston University, and the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he became Associate Professor of Ceramics and head of the ceramics program. Swain School subsequently merged in 1988 with Southeastern Massachusetts University, now University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Chris retired from teaching 1999 to focus on his work at his South Dartmouth atelier. He also continues to direct Gustin Ceramics LLC, a custom tile manufacturing company, which he established in 1996 and whose products are represented nationally by architects, designers and tile showrooms.

Admission: $15 members; $20 non-members. For tickets, call (508) 997-0046 Ext. 100.

Purchase tickets via link on Old Dartmouth Lyceum webpage.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum 2012 Speakers’ Series is presented by BayCoast Bank, and sponsored in part by C.E. Beckman, and Hampton Inn Fairhaven/New Bedford.

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