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Teapots reflect artist's cultural heritage

Aug. 3, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Pottery--specifically a selection of teapots--by artist Eri Vlier is on exhibit in the Upjohn Rotunda of Waldo Library through Sept. 15.

Vlier is an alumna, employee and current student at Western Michigan University. She says that much of her inspiration for the works she creates comes from her native Japan. All of the teapots in the exhibit were wheel-thrown, cut and reconstructed, in stoneware and white stoneware clays.

For the past three years, Vlier has been a full-time cataloger at Waldo Library, where she first began working as a student in 1998. She came to WMU from Japan 10 years ago, attracted to the university by the CELCIS program and a desire to study English. CELCIS stands for Career English Language Center for International Students.

During her studies at WMU, Vlier found a new interest in art and earned a bachelor's degree with a major in art in 2000. She is enrolled again as a student, this time seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics.

The exhibit is located on the main floor of the library just inside the main entrance and is open to the public during normal library hours.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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