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November 2011

Flood Gallery & Fine Arts Center in Asheville, NC, Offers Works by Will Dickert

The Flood Gallery & Fine Arts Center, located at Phil Mechanic Studios in Asheville, NC, will present the exhibit, Will Dickert Ceramics: Solo Exhibition, on view in the Pump Gallery, from Nov. 5 - 30, 2011. A reception will be held on Nov. 5, from 7-10pm.

A native of Bristol, VA, Dickert now lives and works in Asheville. He received his undergraduate degree with a concentration in ceramics from UNC-Asheville. Dickert then continued his education through UNCA to receive a North Carolina teaching licensure for the Visual Arts. In addition to operating his business and studio in the River Arts District, Dickert teaches ceramics at a local community college, area summer camps and elementary after-school arts programs. The community aspect of being a clay artist is a great resource and inspiration for Dickert, and his art thrives on personal relationships with family, friends, mentors and students.

The exhibit will feature woodfired work of both stoneware and porcelain, and is reflective of a genuine love and intrigue for the materials and firing process. Dickert’s work has an extreme connection to natural form, temporal beauty and the interplay between design and utility. The result is thus a range of sculptural and functional pieces on which a variety of slips and glazes are applied. A great effort is made to reveal the true nature and beauty of the materials, and the transformations they undergo due to the direct interaction of clay and fire. Points of both contrast and harmony in the artist’s work are evident through his use of form and function, as well as through the use of applied glazes and naturally occurring effects of the firing process.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 828/255-0066 or visit (www.philmechanicstudios.com).

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