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The 11th 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. Special exhibits focus on wood sculpture, fiber art by Ed Rossbach, work by artists living in Israel, and work by artists associated with Maine's Watershed Center for the Arts and the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Each exhibit is the subject of one of the following talks, which are free with general admission; tickets cost $12 per day, $10 for students and seniors, or $20 for a three-day pass. Hours are 11 to 8 Friday-Saturday, noon to 6 Sunday. For more call 800-563-7632 or see sofaexpo.com.

FRIDAY 5

Against the Grain

California College of the Arts president Michael S. Roth and visiting professors explore "the sculptural and conceptual potential of working in wood." Room 305. 9 AM

American Fiber Stars Shine at the International Triennial, Part I

Fiber artists Gyongy Laky, Marcia Docter, Barbara Lee Smith, and Joan Lintault talk about their participation in the Lodz, Poland, tapestry triennial. Room 301. 9 AM

Taking Flight: The Journey So Far

Metalsmith Marilyn da Silva discusses her narrative tableaux. Room 309. 9 AM

Albert Paley: Recent Studio Involvement

Sculptor Paley discusses his work. Room 309. 10 AM

A Sense of Place

Ceramist Julian Stair talks about his practice and historical research. Room 305. 10 AM

American Fiber Stars Shine at the International Triennial, Part II

Like Part 1 above, but with fiber artists Jon Eric Riis, Rebecca Medel, Emily DuBois, Candace Kling, and Michael Rohde. Room 301. 10:30 AM

Philosophical Legacies in Contemporary American Studio Pottery

Panel with artist Mark Pharis, potter Mark Shapiro, Studio Potter Journal editor Mary Barringer, and collector Rebecca Sive. Room 305. 11 AM

Whole Grain

Artist Robyn Horn, Mint Museums (Charlotte, NC) deputy director Mark Richard Leach, and collector Arthur Mason discuss "the artistic potential of wood as a medium." Room 309. 11 AM

Me, Myself, I

British glass artist Tessa Clegg speaks about her work and influences. Room 301. noon

Room of Dreams, Prospero's Table, and Other Stories

British jeweler Wendy Ramshaw remarks on her site-specific installation. Room 309. noon

Ed Rossbach's Enduring Legacy

Textile Museum (D.C.) consulting curator Rebecca A.T. Stevens, artist Gyongy Laky, and School of the Art Institute teacher Jerry Bleem offer thoughts on Rossbach, "one of fiber art's most important figures." Room 301. 1:30 PM

Issues of Civility: If I Only Had a Brain

Talk by glass artist William Carlson. Room 309. 1:30 PM

Danish Contemporary Arts and Crafts

Lecture by Copenhagen critic and art historian Bente Scavenius. A series of related talks of 20 minutes each follows (through 4:40 PM); these are by ceramist Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl, fiber artist Grethe Wittrock, jeweler Gitte Bjorn, goldsmith Lina Falkesgaard, and glassblower Steffen Dam. Room 305. 2 PM

A Dialogue With Don Reitz

Ceramist Reitz discusses his work in a conversation with Elvehjem Museum of Art (Madison) curator Jody Clowes. Room 309. 2:30 PM

Views From the UK: Three British Ceramists

Edward Hughes, Walter Keeler, and Annie Turner present "overviews of their work, influences, and inspirations." Room 301. 3:30 PM

Views From Up, Over, and Down Under: A Quarter Century of Glass Art and Education in Europe, the U.S., and Australia

Lecture by Australian glass artist Klaus Moje. Room 309. 3:30 PM

The World According to Felieke

Talk by Dutch artist and jeweler Felieke van der Leest. Room 309. 4:30 PM

SATURDAY 6

Gallery/Artist/Collector: Perspectives on Jewelry Collecting

Patricia and Edward Faber of NYC's Aaron Faber Gallery offer "informal rules of collecting"; they're joined by jewelry artists Michael Zobel and Bernd Munsteiner and collectors Marion Fulk and Emily Gurtman. Room 309. 10 AM

Time & Space: Artists Working at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts

Talk by Watershed board member Chris Gustin and director Lynn Thompson. Room 301. 10 AM

Rupert Spira: Cardew to Present

British ceramist Spira discusses his work. Room 309. 11 AM

Surface: Looking Beyond the Material Divide

Surface Design Journal editor Patricia Malarcher comments on "relationships among surfaces in a variety of works from different disciplines." Room 301. 11 AM

Breaking Out/Breaking In: From University to SOFA

Presentation by glass artists Keith and Deanna Clayton. Room 301. 12:30 PM

Trees Coming/Wood Going

Illustrated talk by wood artist David Nash. Room 309. 12:30 PM

Craft Education: A 75th-Anniversary View From Penland School

The "various roles of craft" are addressed by artists Bill Daley, Alida Fish, James Tanner, and Nick Joerling and Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC) communications director Robin Dreyer. Room 301. 2 PM

Technocraft

Museum of Arts & Design (NYC) chief curator David McFadden discusses craft and technology through the ages. Room 309. 3 PM

The Evolution of Contemporary Baskets

Talk by fiber artist Patti Lechman. Room 301. 3:30 PM

A Ceramic Legacy: The Stephane Janssen & R. Michael Johns Collection at ASU

Talk by Arizona State University art museum ceramics curator Peter Heid. Room 309. 4 PM

The Corning Museum of Glass "Hot Glass Roadshow"

Glassblower Steve Gibbs discusses the Corning Museum's mobile glassmaking studio. Room 309. 5 PM

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