The Center for Maine Contemporary Art and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts are collaborating to present a talk by noted ceramic artist Matt Wedel Thursday, Aug. 10, at 5:30 p.m. at CMCA, 21 Winter St. The talk is free-of-charge and open to the public.

Wedel is currently the guest artist-in-residence at the Watershed Center in Newcastle. His rural southeastern Ohio surroundings provide him with the flexibility to create without restriction and to work in a scale that dwarfs his own body. Living and working, and depicting, the landscape have become one and the same.

Wedel was born and raised in Colorado, and first began working with clay at age 2. Under the guidance of his father, a functional ceramicist, he developed an early passion for making sculpture. He earned a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA from California State University, Long Beach, where he studied with Tony Marsh. Wedel went on to teach at the university and has since taught at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; and University of Colorado, Boulder. In early 2012, Wedel moved with his family to Albany, Ohio, where he built his own studio and an oversized kiln.

Upcoming artist talks at CMCA include Linden Frederick, “Night Stories,” Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m.; John Walker and William Corbett, “Looking Out to Sea” talk and book signing, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m.; Linden Frederick in conversation with Tess Gerritsen, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m.; Michael Mansfield, William Wegman and Early Video Art, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m.; and Linden Frederick in conversation with Richard Russo, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. For additional information on events and exhibitions at CMCA, visit cmcanow.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.