Art Exhibition At Concord University Features Ceramics Incorporating ‘Green’ Pigments

For Immediate Release: 
Feb 10 2014

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712


Linda Arbuckle, artist

Pamela Esch, artist

Matt Long, artist

ATHENS, W.Va. – “Clean Creek: Iron and Manganese” is on display in Concord University’s Arthur Butcher Art Gallery through Feb. 25. An artists’ reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The gallery is located in the Alexander Fine Arts Building.

The exhibition features ceramics that incorporate iron and manganese recovered from abandoned mine drainage (AMD) in southwest Pennsylvania. Clean Creek Products, a division of Stream Restoration Incorporated, markets the recovered metals used in the pottery.

“This is an exciting use of ‘green’ materials,” Jamey Biggs, Concord associate professor of art, said. “The use of these materials by potters, glass workers, etc. can generate funding for stream recovery.” Biggs is curator of Concord’s art gallery and among the exhibiting artists in “Clean Creek: Iron and Manganese”.

“The point of the exhibition is to get the word out nationally about this viable, green, alternative pigment source. I have invited nationally known artists to make work for the show and give away their glaze formulations freely,” he said. “This should contribute to discussions of outcomes for the AMD affected streams in West Virginia.”

Artists participating in the show include Clean Creek potters Shelly Cubarney, Pamela Esch, Robert E. Isenberg and Amanda Wolf; Concord ceramic instructors Norma Acord and Jamey Biggs; and, invited artists Linda Arbuckle (Florida), William Brouillard (Ohio), Susan Filley (North Carolina), and Matt Long (Mississippi).

Biggs said a lecture about passive treatment systems for AMD will be presented by geologist Margaret Dunn during the Feb. 20 artists’ reception. Dunn, who is with Stream Restoration Incorporated, helped to pioneer these low-cost treatment systems in southwest Pennsylvania. Her lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on “Clean Creek: Iron and Manganese” contact Jamey Biggs at or 304-384-5351.

The exhibition catalog, designed by Kevin Bennington, assistant professor of art, with photography by Biggs, is located at Glaze recipes using the recovered metals, provided by participating artists, are published in the catalog. Additional information about Clean Creek Products is available at

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086 if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.