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PCC ceramics instructor art on exhibit at the Vernon Filley Art Museum this Fall

06 August 2018

Pratt Community College Ceramics Instructor, Marsha Shrack, displays beautiful hand-crafted pottery at Vernon Filley Art Museum. The exhibit, Earth to Table Pottery, is on display August through November with an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. 
Shrack, is a Kansas native and ceramics artist who grew up in Wichita, Kan. Spending a lot of time at her grandparents’ home in Uniontown, Kan. Shrack much prefers rural living to that of the city. This atmosphere and spending summers and weekends with her grandparents in the country taught Shrack all about gardening and farm life. At home she learned from her parents how to grow food, can, prepare and entertain friends.
Her lifestyle and growing up in Kansas inspired Shrack to create this exhibition of earth to table pottery which is meant to be used in everyday life.
“This exhibit is a personal celebration of things I love expressed in clay” said Shrack. “Gardening, cooking and the fellowship of eating, drinking and socializing with family and friends. All of the pieces are functional, all of the pieces are useful. Nothing is meant to be sat on a shelf and looked at. They are meant to be used.”
Shrack’s exhibit features a wide variety of functional pieces from growing containers for plants and succulents, vases for flowers, bowls, baking dishes, pie plates and casseroles for food preparation and serving platters, mugs and dishes. 
Shrack has had a love for the art since her days in high school when an art teacher encouraged her to pursue art as a lifetime career. Shrack completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies in Art and Education at Wichita State University. After college she taught art at Cheney High School and K-12 Art at Wichita Christian School and Bethel Life School in Wichita. In 1987 Shrack moved to Pratt to teach Art at Pratt Community College where she continues to teach.
Both learning and educating others is a high priority for her as demonstrated by her attendance at many workshops by an impressive list of mentors through Kansas Artist Craftsmen Association and Wichita Center for the Arts. Shrack has also taught workshops on Alternative Firing Techniques and other ceramic topics throughout Kansas. She has exhibited her functional, wood fired and alternative fired ceramics statewide including Carnegie Arts Center, Leavenworth, Kansas,  Mercer Gallery, Garden City, Kansas,  Prairie Art Exhibit, Sterling, Kansas, Stone House Gallery, Fredonia, Kansas,  Kansas Artist Craftsmen Association Juried Exhibition, Lawrence Arts Center, and Baker Arts Center, Liberal, Kansas.
Shrack has been an instructor at PCC for 34 years. She teaches a Ceramics class each semester on PCC’s main campus in Pratt. Community members of all ages are encouraged to enroll.
Her Earth to Table Pottery exhibit will be on display at the Vernon Filley Art Museum Aug. 3 through Nov. 3. Her Ceramics I class at PCC will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays this Fall from 12:30-2:15 in Chandler Hall on the PCC campus. Shrack also teaches a Ceramics II class this Fall. Enrollment for her class is open until Aug. 21. To enroll call us at 620-450-2117.