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wells Ted PostcardFront Final"Over the Mountain" (1997), Basswood and ceramics 52” x 8.5” x 69.5” Photo Courtesy Ted Lossowski/Wells College
The String Room Gallery of Wells College announced the opening of a career-spanning exhibition of work by Ted Lossowski, who taught visual arts at Wells College for several decades. "Ted Lossowski: Over Forty Years" will feature work from throughout his career in art making, in recognition of his upcoming retirement from Wells College next spring.

Trained as a ceramic sculptor at SUNY Brockport (B.S.) and the Rochester Institute of Technology (M.F.A.), Professor Lossowski has built a practice rooted in a careful attention to refined craftsmanship. He works to find balance between materials such as clay, wood and metal, with a careful focus on surface quality and texture. He finds particular interest in the properties of stack-laminated wood, with consistent work in thrown, hand-built and slump-molded ceramic techniques. Throughout his work, Lossowski has frequently called on two fundamental forms: concentric circles and the post-and-lintel. His use of circles—evocative of the ceramic vessel tradition in which he so carefully trained—suggests a continuum, while he views the post-and-lintel as a symbol of transition or passage.

Lossowski will retire from Wells College in May 2020 after having served 31 years as a faculty member in the college's Visual Arts program, during which time he served terms as program chair and Fine Arts division chair. Prior to Wells, he taught ceramics at SUNY Brockport, the Jewish Community Center of Rochester, Finger Lakes Community College and Monroe Community College. He has shown his work throughout the region, including exhibitions at the Memorial Art Gallery and the Renaissance Art Gallery in Rochester, N.Y.; the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, N.Y.; and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Invitational.

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