Clay, Exhibition & Sale of North Carolina Pottery
October 26-December 23, 2015
Josh Copus, Asheville, begins his wood fired ceramic pieces by digging his own clay from the river bottoms and mountainsides of western North Carolina. His work has a connection to place and the local materials influence the finished pieces.
Will Dickert, Asheville, splits his work between domestically inspired wares, or pots, as well as evolving, dynamic formal and sculptural studies. He balances hand-building and wood-throwing, often combining them in the same piece.
Dirtworks, Seagrove, is headed by Dan Triece, who pursues the elusive goal of making the perfect pot. His handcrafted stoneware is glazed in a variety of colors and patterns. Raku vessels coated in copper luster glaze with touches of gold and silver are his trademark.
Allison McGowan Hermans, Concord, hand builds porcelain influenced by elements in nature, the sewing process and Art Nouveau. She finds a texture, creates a pattern on the clay, then tailors her ideas into a form where the lines blend and soften and are inviting.
Crystal King, Seagrove, grew up literally playing in clay as the daughter of Anna and Terry King. She is known for her whimsical folk art sculptural pieces of animals and depictions of Bible stories as well as her colorful glazes.
Kings Pottery, Seagrove, is the home of prominent clay artists Terry and Anna King. Although the Kings use their creativity to produce functional, every day, pottery, their true talents emerge when they direct their hands, minds, and hearts toward sculptural, folk pottery.
Jeannine Marchand is a Puerto Rican studio artist based in Spruce Pine. Her pieces are monochromatic sculptures that are refined to achieve a smooth surface that is sensitive to illumination.
Eck McCanless, Seagrove, started making pottery as a child in his parents’ Seagrove studio, Dover Pottery. He creates many different styles of ceramics, but his most known for exquisite agateware and crystalline pieces.
Jennifer Mecca, Gastonia, is a utilitarian potter. Her goal is to create pots that are visually pleasing and unique in character, but also useful in everyday life
Gillian Parke, Durham, creates ceramics that combine elements of manufactured porcelain and handmade Japanese Shigaraki stoneware with feldspar inclusions. She uses underglazes, overglazes and decals to give her work a visceral surface not usually associated with porcelain.
Jeff Pender, Mooresville, uses white earthenware to create ritualistic abstract sculpture and totems. His surfaces are finished to resemble other materials like bone, wood or metal.
Ron Philbeck, Shelby, creates functional pottery soda fired in a propane fueled kiln. It is very important to him that his work be used, and his goal is to get as many good pots as possible out into the world.
Teresa Pietsch, Bakersville, is inspired by nature and ideas that are centered in life to make pots that are both beautiful and functional. She wants to make pieces that people want to touch, hold and use in everyday life.
Joseph Sand, Randleman, makes functional sculptural pottery, including some pieces that are several feet tall. His pottery includes mugs, plates, bowls, vases, jars, planters, platters, and fountains.
Amy Sanders, Charlotte, is a potter whose earthenware vessels create a balance of form, texture and pattern with utility. Patterns in textiles, architecture, nature and quilting inspire her to create works that invite touch and evoke a sense of nostalgic comfort.
Ken Sedberry, Bakersville, creates both sculptural and functional pieces with intense glazes. Caribbean aesthetic of bright colors and images drawn from the tropics and coral reefs of Central America marks his work.
Joey Sheehan, Marshall, creates fluid, lively pottery enhanced with rhythmic slip and intense ash glazing. He describes his pottery as "controlled chaos” intended to enhance the daily life of the user with functional beauty.
Michael Hamlin Smith, Charlotte, the plants and flowers he grows are tools of inspiration for designing the vases and bowls he creates. He uses three specially designed.
Charlie Tefft, Greensboro, throws his pieces on a wheel, then cuts, squeezes or pushes them into new shapes painted with animals. This altering allows him to capture a sense of motion in his pieces.
Julie Wiggins, Charlotte, uses an inlay surface technique to hand draw delicate images on her pottery. The pieces are then glazed with transparent glazes and fired to cone 9 oxidation.
The Cabarrus Arts Council offices and The Galleries will be closed Nov. 23-27.
Cookies with Santa
Wednesday, Dec. 2
Enjoy cookies with the Jolly Ole Elf. Make sure to bring your camera to get a picture. Free.
Holiday Show: Claire Lynch Band
Saturday, Dec. 5
Iconic bluegrass band led by three-time IBMA Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch presents songs of the season.
The Listening Room
Thursday, Dec. 10
The Davis Theatre's version of an open mic night.
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