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    FEATURE
O'Driscoll's art work begins to make impact
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Claudia O'Dricoll is an
upcoming artist. O'Driscoll is
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Interlibrary/Seriais
Coordinator at' the college
library.
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by Aaron Brown
Staff Writer
After 16 years of hard work,
the fruits of labor are paying off
for artist Claudia O’Driscoll, in-
terlibrary loan/serials coordina­
tor.
O’Driscoll has been involved
with art for most of her life, but
since 1973 has been involved in an
unique side of pottery, using no
complex machinery whatsoever.
“Everyone is unique, mine is
just more visible,” explains O’Dris-
oolL “It (pottery) is something that
just came.”
More specifically, O’DriscoH’s
vehicle for expression is Native
American pottery. Her creations
include spirit bundles and rattles.
Spirit bundles consist of a combi­
nation of natural artifacts (bones,
twigs etc.), wrapped in pottery.
The “rattles” are actually two pots
bonded together with a rattle in­
side, hence the name rattle.
The most interesting part of
her pottery is the method offiring
in a kiln made of brick. A layer of
sawdust is laid on the bottom of
the kiln, with the rattles she cre­
ates placed on top. This is re­
peated, depending on how many
layers of rattles, concludifig with
Epstein attends seminar at Princeton
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by Jim Titus
Education is a never-ending
process. Just ask Dr. Donald
Epstein, a history professor at
Clackamils:COmmunity College.
< •-r' Epsteih' intended a month­
long seminar at Princeton Uni­
versity this summer through a grant
he received from the National
Endowment for the Humanities.
Epstein was required to read
30 books during the seminar, which
concerned the origins of modem
Turkey.
“All of us (at the seminar)
had our doctorates and were ex­
perienced teachers, so we had no
objections,” Epstein said. “We had
to do what we always told our
students to do: buckle down and
READ. We were doing about four
to five hours of reading a day and
four to five hours of library re-
sëâffiB/ït wasïtwàllÿ a pleasure;
Princeton has an extremely good
libraty.”
The seminar was especially
interesting for Epstein, who is
personally researching how the
modernization of Turkey affected
Palestine, which became the state
of Israel in 1948. Turkey occupied
Palestine during the Ottoman
empire.
Epstein is working on a paper
on Ottoman Palestine for inclu­
sion in a regional publication of
the National Social Science Asso­
ciation. He is a member of the
editorial board of the publication.
Once written, Epstein will
present the paper to the associa­
tion at their convention in Van­
couver, B.C. in February in the
hope it will be accepted for publi­
cation.
“I don’t know whether it(the
paper) is going to be accepted or
not. Sometimes you write a paper,
read it, and it doesn’t get accepted
(for publication) for two to four
years,” stated Epstein. “Right now
I’m just in the proposal stage.”
The knowledge Epstein gained
at the seminar and the subsequent
development of his paper will
probably show up in his classes at
Clackamas.
“I am going to try and apply
the information in my classes here,
especially in the course on Arabs
and Jews I’m teaching in the
Spring,” Epstein explained. “I’m
also developing my theme in a
series of lectures at Willamette
View Manor. I’m going to test out
the thesis on the groupât Willam­
ette View and see how they react”
October 18,1989
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one final layer of sawdust. This is
then lit, closed with a piece of
metal and left to bum for 48 hours
at the most. This creates a “natu­
ral” effect O’Driscoll desires.
Studies are an important fac­
tor in O’Driscoll’s art. Starting
with a B.A in
Literature,
she studied art at a series ui. ''rk-
shops in Oregon, based on Native
art designing. While attending a
workshop here at Clackamas,
taught by Rick True, O’Driscoll
learned basic design in found
objects. It was this course that
brought it all together for her.
O’Driscoll’s work is on dis­
play at two Portland galleries, the
Graystone Gallery and the Mother
Goose Gallery. Her work is also
located on the coast and hopes to
expand to Victoria, BC.
The environment plays an
important role in O’Driscoll’s art
work. Because of her interest in
the environment, O’DriscoU is not
out to make large profits off her
art. O’Driscoll wants to raise the
public’s awareness of the environ­
ment, as well as the small details
in around them.
,
“It (her art) makes me look
more closely at my surroundings^”
explained O’Driscoll. “It’s just
another way of expressing myself.”
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Photo by Lane Scheideman
Dr. Donald Epstein, history instructor, received a grant to attend
a seminar at Princton University last summer.
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When the genre title, dramedy,
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Suzy gives the Baker boys’ act
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This in and of itself might
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wrench into the works and this is
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Year’s show by themselves. After
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Pfeiffer and Jeff Bridges heat
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This is all around a very good
movie with just the right amount
of comedy, drama, sexual energy
and cuteness to make it a perfect
Fall movie. If Kloves were a chef
he would have a souffle of three
star proportions.
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