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September 2011

Toe River Arts Council in Burnsville, NC, Offers Works by Patti Connor-Greene, Sue Grier & Denise Woodward-Detrich

The Toe River Arts Council in Burnsville, NC, will present the exhibit, Conversations With Teapots, featuring a three person exhibit of handmade ceramic teapots by artists Patti Connor-Greene, Sue Grier and Denise Woodward-Detrich, on view from Sept. 9 through Oct. 8, 2011. A reception will be held on Sept. 9, from 5-8pm.

The teapot is perhaps the most visually and culturally loaded pottery form – challenging potters through the ages. It provides many possible avenues of exploration.

As veteran potters and teapot-makers, these three artists have come together to create a wide variety of handmade teapots and other accessories to tempt both the tea enthusiast and the teapot collector. The artists have been meeting informally over the past year working on and conversing about teapots – why they are of interest, how best to make them and more. At one point, collaborative works between the artists were explored to stimulate new ideas. The ceramic works vary from porcelain to stoneware and involve a wide variety of forming and firing techniques. Primarily functional works will be displayed with the inclusion of several sculptural and wall pieces.

The artists collectively have more than twenty years working in clay each. Connor-Greene is a retired psychology professor and gained much instruction through workshops at Arrowmont and Penland. Grier is a former adjunct instructor recently returned to a full-time studio practice and a graduate of Clemson University (MFA). Woodward-Detrich is the Director of the Lee Gallery at Clemson University, Clemson, SC, and a graduate of Alfred University (MFA).

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Arts Council at 828/682-7215 or visit (


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