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non-paying studio position at juniata college, huntingdon, pa

updated sun 31 aug 97


Jack Troy on sat 2 aug 97

Troy Meek, a valuable and accomplished asset to our ceramics program the past 2
years, will be leaving in a few weeks, and the "non-position" he has held will
be vacant. Over the years, Peter Beasecker, Brian Steinberg, Becky Grubb,
Dennise Gackstetter, Lucy Breslin, and others have exchanged work around the
studio for work-space, kiln-space, and materials. Sadly, no fairy godmother or
godfather has funded us, so they have had to support themselves. (Rents in
Huntingdon are considerably lower than those in most other parts of the country,
and there is the possibility of teaching an adult-ed and children's class; in
addition we hold rather successful end-of-the-semester sales on campus).
Juniata College is a small (1100 students) private liberal arts institution in
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, 35 miles south of State College, near the center of
the state. The terrain is gently mountainous, and there is an excellent ratio
of trees to people. It is a fine place to work, but few people are overwhelmed
by the social life, which, to put it mildly, is slow.
While we have no ceramics majors, we do have a larger-than-average studio with
older-than-average (but adequate) facilities - 2 electric kilns, 2 gas kilns, an
anagama, pit and raku areas, salt kiln, and clay-mixer. We usually fire the
anagama once per semester, and the other kilns more regularly. I am a part-time
teacher at Juniata; we usually have at least two visiting ceramic artists during
the year. Our students work hard, and currently two of them are exceptionally
committed to their work in clay - one a potter, the other a sculptor.
If anyone is interested in further details, please contact me privately. In
addition, feel free to e-mail Troy Meek (, who will be
in town until about August 15th.
Jack Troy