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School of Art Creates Studio in Italy

Published June 12, 2017

In the heart of the medieval Tuscan hill town of Chiusdino, Italy a vibrant new art center is emerging. For the last two years, students and faculty from CSULB’s ceramic arts program have been building a wood-fire kiln and ceramics studio at the Tirisondola/Tuscan Art Center property of Mr. Thomas Liepsner. This project holds special opportunities for expanding study-abroad programming for the School of Art and other departments in the College of the Arts, and perhaps other programs at CSULB and across the CSU system. Students and faculty are spending their summer there again this year, pulling and curing clay from the hills around the property, firing ceramic works in the temperamental kiln – resulting in unique and spectacularly colored ceramic pieces. This year – donors and CSULB administrators have joined the students as they work to formalize our arrangement with this wonderful property.