Bryce Brisco holds a BFA with Honors in Painting from the University of Arkansas, and an MFA from Ohio University. He served four years as Artist in Residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft. He has presented, lectured and exhibited widely throughout the United States and Canada. Most recently he has returned to the Ozark hills to build a woodkiln and pottery studio.
Brisco's presentation investigates historic examples of functional pottery that relate to "weird functions" other than the containment or delivery of food and beverage. Functional pottery is typically thought to be centered around the kitchen and dining table, here we will see how pottery has been employed to the superstitious, ceremonial, and symbolical functions that are often overlooked in ceramic discussions. Citing ceramics from Ancient Egypt to the 20th century American South, this lecture discusses unusual uses for pottery forms, such as Gravemarkers, Witchbottles, Political Bedpans, Roach Traps, and Brothel Coins.