Lee Kitzman makes delicate vessels using Raku techniques. He’s also mastered using paints and glazes to create unique finishes on his work. Kitzman retired after three decades of teaching and now dedicates full time to his art. This self-taught ceramicist’s creations reflect his distinctive style drawn from the Asian tradition. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, November 12 at 8pm as OREGON ART BEAT visits his Philomath studio to experience the surprise reveal of a piece he’s just fired.

Millions of youngsters learned to read with the help of Dick and Jane books. Several illustrators drew the characters over the decades. One of them just celebrated his 90th birthday. ART BEAT drops in on Dick Wiley to chat about his career and his remarkable life story.

Deborah Horrell has worked in clay, wood and bronze, but now, she’s all about glass. Glass, she says, captivates her because of how it allows light to penetrate it. Horrell uses glass frit, a fine sand-like mixture of partially fused glass, to create vessels that look as delicate as spun sugar — but they’re surprisingly sturdy. ART BEAT visits Horrell’s studio to see how she makes these modern glass art pieces with the age-old technique known as pate de Verre.

ART BEAT repeats Sundays at 2am and 6pm. Video of the stories featured on ART BEAT can be viewed online immediately following the broadcast at opb.org/programs/artbeat.

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 2am 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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