July Issue 2000
From These Hands at North Carolina State University Crafts Center Gallery
North Carolina is renowned nationally and internationally as home to many of the finest literary, visual, and material artists in the world. But North Carolina is best known for the art of pottery-making. The North Carolina Pottery Center estimates that there are over 800 full-time potters and clay workers in the state. Traditionally, the center of this activity has been identified with the Seagrove area. But in recent years an exciting, dynamic, and growing community of clay workers has emerged in the Research Triangle Area of the Piedmont. Today many of the best potters in the nation live and work here. The upcoming exhibition, From These Hands: Images and Works of Triangle Area Potters, will bring together photographic portraits of these outstanding clay artists, along with selected pieces of their work. This important event will focus attention on one of the area's greatest cultural strengths.
This project was conceived by Michael Schwalbe, a photographer and professor at NC State University. In the fall of 1998 he began photographing potters whose work was identified as being as of exceptional quality and artistic merit The final exhibition features thirty of the most prominent potters in the Research Triangle Area, potters whose reputations are national in scope. The photographs, made on location, are rich in expression and detail. They show us not only the people behind the work, but also give us intriguing glimpses of the spirit from which the work flows. The exhibition, scheduled to open in the NC State Crafts Center Gallery in September 2000, pairs each portrait with pieces of the potter's work. This historic exhibition will be the first of its kind in the nation.
Participating Artists Include:
Cindy Aldrich, Blame Avery, Edge Barnes, Jen Bireline, Colleen Black-Semelka, Joyce Bryan, Salinda Dahl, Dorothy Davis, Dan Finch, Ron Franklin, Ursula Goebels, Jan Gregg, Mark Hewitt, Randy Hinson, Carter Hubbard, Lilo Kemper, Cathy Kiffney, Geoff Lloyd, Lyn Morrow, Julie Olson, Marsha Owen, Molly H. Pasca, Sally Prange, Jim Pringle, Janet Resnik, Siglinda Scarpa, Brad Tucker, Ed Weintraub, Conrad Weiser, and Jean Wilk
For further information call Michael Schwalbe
919/929-4003 or email at (MLSchwalbe@aol.com).
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