The tenth annual International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art brings 90-some dealers in ceramics, furniture, jewelry, and other three-dimensional media to Navy Pier's Festival Hall, 600 E. Grand, Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 11 to 8, and Sunday, October 19, noon to 6. A series of lectures takes place Friday and Saturday; the schedule follows. Presentations marked * focus on special exhibits. Admission to the talks is free with ticket purchase: $12 per day, $10 for students and seniors, or $20 for a three-day pass. For more information call 800-563-7632 or see www.sofaexpo.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17
Jewelry maker Lori Talcott discusses her work. Room 305, 9 AM.
Fanfare for Fiber I
Illustrated lectures by artists Dorothy Gill Barnes, Reina Mia Brill, Michael Davis, Polly Adams Sutton, and Jiro Yonezawa. Room 301, 9 AM.
* NCECA Emerging Artists 1996-2000: New Art
Ceramist Richard Burkett and NCECA director Skeffington Thomas present an overview of the National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Room 309, 9 AM.
* Enameling: A Current Perspective
Discussion with curators Gretchen Goss and Maria Phillips. Room 309, 10 AM.
Fanfare for Fiber II
Illustrated lectures by artists Joyce Crain, Mary Giles, Jan Hopkins, Nancy Koenigsberg, and Anne McKenzie Nickolson. Room 301, 10:30 AM.
Tom Patti: Inside Out
The glass sculptor discusses his work. Room 309, 11 AM.
* The Clay Studio
Clay Studio executive director Amy Sarner Williams talks about this Philadelphia artists' collective. Room 301, noon.
Judy Onofrio Tells All
The self-taught artist discusses her work. Room 309, noon.
Surface Design in Textiles: An Evolving Edge
Lecture by Surface Design Journal editor Patricia Malarcher. Room 305, noon.
California College of the Arts: Craft's Intersection With Art, Architecture, and Design
Talk by CCA president Michael S. Roth. Room 309, 1 PM.
Early Woodturning Masters: The Origins of a Legitimate Art Form
Presentation by wood turner David Ellsworth. Room 301, 1 PM.
Kate Malone: Ceramic Artist in London and Provence
Artist's talk. Room 305, 1 PM.
British Fiber Artists in Conversation
Panel with Linda Green, Michelle Holden, and Eleri Mills. Room 305, 2 PM.
Harlan Butt: Earth Beneath My Feet
Enamelist Butt lectures. Room 309, 2 PM.
Richard DeVore: 67 Years (More Than You Wanted to Know?)
Potter DeVore discusses his work. Room 301, 2 PM.
* Aileen Osborn Webb Awards Presentation
American Craft Council ceremony, followed by a reception with award winners. Room 301, 3 PM.
Preston Singletary: The Shaman That Went Into the Fire
Glass artist Singletary discusses his work. Room 309, 3 PM.
Glass as a New Expression of Contemporary and Modern Czech Art
Lecture by North Bohemian Museum curator Oldrich Palata. Room 305, 4 PM.
Patrick Hall: Silent Recordings and Strange Acts of Obsession
Designer and furniture maker Hall discusses his work. Room 309, 4 PM.
My Work: The Visible and the Invisible
Talk by glass artist Lino Tagliapietra. Room 309, 5 PM.
* Tradition in Transition: A Survey of Education at Rhode Island School of Design's Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department
Talk by RISD department head Robin Quigley. Room 301, 5 PM.
Chicago Artists in Conversation
Panel with ceramist Ruth Duckworth, sculptor Richard Hunt, and painter-sculptor Richard Rezac; moderated by critic James Yood. Room 301, 6 PM.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18
* Hammer, Anvil, and Plasma Torch: Contemporary Expression in Iron
Panel with Cranbrook Academy of Art metalsmithing head Gary Griffin, blacksmith Tom Joyce, and sculptor Christina Shmigel; moderated by Museum of Arts & Design chief curator David Revere McFadden. Room 301, 9 AM.
How Long Did It Take to Make?
Tai Gallery director Robert T. Coffland talks about bamboo masters. Room 301, 10:30 AM.
The Parade of Objects: Installation and Ceramics in the 20th Century
Talk by British ceramist Edmund de Waal. Room 309, 10:30 AM.
Gestures in Process: Objects, Cultural Exchange, and the Human Experience
Savannah College of Art and Design professor Gillian Davies lectures. Room 301, 11:30 AM.
Teapots, Teapots, and More Teapots! Building a Special Collection
Talk by collectors Gloria and Sonny Kamm. Room 309, 11:30 AM.
* Craftsmanship in the 21st Century
Lecture by Museum of Arts & Design curator David Revere McFadden. Room 301, 12:30 PM.
Johan van Aswegen: Ornament/Monument
Namibian enamelist and jeweler van Aswegen discusses his work. Room 309, 12:30 PM.
* Innovation and Influences: Two Views
Discussion with Israeli artists Samuel Barkai and Revital Ben-Asher Peretz. Room 309, 1:30 PM.
David Reekie: Ten Years Hard Labour
British glass artist Reekie talks about his artistic influences. Room 301, 1:30 PM.
The Role of the Gallery in the New Millennium
Panel with gallery owners Leslie Ferrin, Douglas Heller, and R. Duane Reed; moderated by Mint Museums deputy director Mark Leach. Room 301, 2:30 PM.
2 Faced Art
Artists Richard Meitner and Michael Rogers use each other's work to illustrate "what is essential in art." Room 309,
Richard Jolley: Transformations
Glass artist Jolley discusses his work. Room 301, 4 PM.
Suzan Rezac: Journey Around My Bench
Artist's talk by goldsmith Rezac. Room 309, 4 PM.
William Daley: Thoughts on Excellence for Makers
Talk with "hero" slides. Room 301, 5 PM.
Keeper of the Flame: A Curator of Craft Looks Back
Renwick Gallery curator Kenneth Trapp discusses his 37-year career. Room 309, 5 PM.