2019 NYSMATYC Annual Conference
Saturday Night Banquet: The Art of Collaborative Problem Solving
Speaker: Fred Herbst, MFA Ceramics
Open yourself up to unexpected opportunities and rewards by saying yes to collaboration. Fred Herbst will discuss how the simple act of saying “that’s an interesting concept, let’s work on it together” has shaped his professional life for the last 20 years. His collaborations with a variety of artists and scientists has allowed him to explore new ideas and possibilities on the SUNY-Corning Community College campus, around the country, and in Europe.
Biography of Fred Herbst
Fred Herbst grew up near Green Bay, Wisconsin and received a BFA in Art from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. He then attended the University of North Texas and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics. Fred is currently a Professor of Art and Chair of the Humanities Department at Corning Community College in Corning, New York.
Fred’s ceramic work has been shown in a wide variety of exhibitions across the USA and internationally. He has given presentations for the Ceramics Program at Harvard University, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, the Glass Art Society, and the First European Woodfired Ceramics Conference in Germany. He has had articles published in Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter, and The Log Book: The International Publication for Woodfired Ceramics. His work has appeared in Ceramics: Art and Perception, 500 Teapots Vol. 2, and Wood-fired Ceramics: 100 Contemporary Artists.
Fred developed a hybrid woodfired ceramics and glassblowing kiln in collaboration with the Corning Museum of Glass. This design is used to fire ceramics and blow glass simultaneously and has been built at CCC and the Domaine de Boisbuchet in France.