Her love of nature and urge to experiment led Sue Orlaske to find a way to use natural fibers and plants instead of glazes on her ceramic art. OREGON ART BEAT is off to Summerville to visit Sue’s studio and examine her technique. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, June 10 at 8pm and see how she uses oxide-soaked cheesecloth and raffia to produce freeform, organic designs on her classically formed porcelain creations.

What does it take to become an orchestra conductor? Meet some of the students at the Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop and find out. The students range from professional conductors who want to sharpen their skills to musicians who aspire to become conductors to teachers who conduct high-school orchestras. Conducting is hard work and some are here to find out if they have the right stuff to brandish the baton.

Buckle up! ART BEAT takes you to Grants Pass on a wild ride with the Blastolene Brothers. It’s the strange and wonderful story of Randy Grubb and Michael Leeds; two glass artists who decided to build a racecar, and in the process became hot rod celebrities.

You can watch entire ART BEAT broadcasts at watch.opb.org. Video of the stories featured on ART BEAT can be viewed online immediately following the broadcast at opb.org/programs/artbeat.

Check out the ART BEAT blog at http://blogs.opb.org/artful/

OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 11th season. ART BEAT profiles Northwest artists, musicians and artisans — from an operatic baritone to a bit-and-spur craftsman to everything in between. The program airs Thursdays at 8pm and Sundays at 1am and 6pm. In the Mountain Time Zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9pm Thursdays and repeats at 7pm on Sundays. Funding for OREGON ART BEAT is provided in part by James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and the Kinsman Foundation. More information is available online at opb.org/artbeat.

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