The Oberlin Review

Empty Mugs Holiday Brass and Organ Spectacular Proves Highly Successful This Year

Margie L. Flood, Executive Direction, OCS

February 15, 2019

To the Editors: What a joyous, beautiful event was the Empty Mugs Holiday Brass and Organ Spectacular, held at the First Church in Oberlin last Friday, Feb. 8! Thank you to the hundreds of people who attended, and thank you to all of the many, many people, organizations, and businesses who donated time, talent, and resources — it couldn’t have happened without you! Although I cannot possibly name everyone to whom I owe gratitude, I extend a special thanks to Artistic Director Evelyn Proffit, Volunteer Coordinator Michele Andrews, the Oberlin Pottery Co-op (led by Emma Dreyfuss and Jack Flotte), the Oberlin Brass Ensemble, the Oberlin Choristers, the First Church in Oberlin, The Feve, and Chris and Noelle Breuer....

Members of the Pottery Co-Op sit at potters wheels. The co-op aims to be an inclusive space for students of all levels who want to
learn how to create pottery.

Pottery Co-Op Provides Welcoming Space to New Members

October 12, 2018

Watching potters work with clay is an almost hypnotic experience. They make the form look so easy, yet, they are creating a physical artifact that will exist in the world to be touched and used. Although clay seems to move effortlessly beneath expert fingers, for a novice, a piece can collapse into nothing but wet lumps. Learning to work with ceramics can be intimidating. The skill is both artful and quite complicated, with different pottery styles and techniques requiring many unfamiliar tools...

George Wingard, program coordinator at the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program at the AJLC’s Hallock
Auditorium Tuesday to screen his 2013 documentary Discovering Dave. The film tells the story of an enslaved
potter named David Drake through his masterful engraved jars.

Archaeology, Storytelling Converge in “Discovering Dave”

September 23, 2016

When enslaved master potter David Drake first rendered his signature in clay in early 19th-century South Carolina, he knew that the product bearing his mark would endure. However, he might not have guessed that nearly 200 years later, his pots would still be on the market. Out of the estimated 60,000 to 80,000 pieces he made during his lifetime, only a small fraction have been discovered. However, those few, known among the archaeological community as “Dave Jars,” have helped scholars piece toge...

Established 1874.