11th annual event set for this weekend
For the last ten years, sculptors from 10 states have made the trek to Newton to create a forum for their works at the Iowa Sculpture Festival. This weekend, the festival welcomes artists who build appreciation of art through their exhibits, demonstrations and, most importantly, through sales of their art forms.
Eric Stearns, a Nebraska raku artist, has not only been a vendor at the ISF, but also participated in a very special artist residency in Jasper County four years ago. Students from eight communities, Grinell and Central Colleges and the public watched Eric throw clay on the pottery wheel, creating forms and designs that fascinated everyone who attended. His instruction and sharing of knowledge foretold the success that he would soon realize.
Stearns was born and raised on a ranch near North Platte, Neb. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Professional Emphasis from Doane College in Crete, Neb. After college, Stearns opened his first studio, Stearns Ceramics, in North Platte.
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