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February 2014

Woolworth Walk in Asheville, NC, Offers Works by Meghan Bernard

Woolworth Walk in Asheville, NC, will present Meghan Bernard: Pottery, on view in the F.W. Front Gallery, from Feb. 1 - 27, 2014. A reception will be held on Feb. 7, from 4-6pm.

Bernard focuses primarily on functional pottery. She throws porcelain clay on the wheel, later carving and adding color with under glazes and glazes. The process allows her to work through form following function, if a cup doesn’t feel good in your hand you probably won’t use it. The beauty of a piece of pottery is connected to how well it works. It has always been her primary goal to make work that people will use and hold everyday in their homes.

Bernard finds it very satisfying to be a small part of the daily rituals of peoples lives. For this show though, she stepped outside of her creative comfort zone and made non functional pieces as well to fill the walls of her featured display. Doing so freed her up to play with textures and patterns that are not as easily applied to thrown work.

Bernard looked to textiles and fabric as her inspiration, and is pleased with the result. Stepping away from the wheel to produce these pieces was a breath of fresh air. Bernard started by carving linoleum stamps, reaching back to her printmaking days in college to create small vignettes and scenes to form a narrative. The stories she tells tend to be childish and silly, her influence being her three year old daughter.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 828/254-9234 or visit (www.woolworthwalk.com).

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