Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery will host the Potters of the Roan in an exhibition entitled, “New Traditions—Contemporary Perspective in a Traditional Landscape” from August 17 through September 28.
The Potters of the Roan is a guild of 12 clay studios in the Bakersville area. They were drawn together by a common medium and a shared dedication to the production of fine craft. The studios—Andersen Pottery, Bandana Pottery, Cadell Studios, Courtney Martin Pottery, Fork Mountain Pottery, Gertrude Graham Smith Pottery, Herbal Pumpkin Pottery, Jenny Lou Sherburne Pottery, Michael Kline Pottery, Sedberry Pottery, Shane Mickey Pottery, and Snow Creek Pottery adopted, as part of their mission statement, “To promote the awareness and appreciation of pottery and ceramic arts to our community and to the public at large.”
The exhibition of their work will exemplify the richness and variety of work from traditional jugs and hand-dug clays to masterful brushwork and narrative sculptures. Represented will be a dozen pieces from each studio that will demonstrate the uniqueness and breadth of their own styles and philosophies.
From Jennie Lou Sherburne’s influences from the magical Isle of Crete to Ken Sedberry’s connection to the coral reefs in the Caribbean; Melisa Cadell’s strong interpretive human sculptural forms to pots for every room in the house by Kent McLaughlin and Suze Lindsay, the work of the Potters of the Roan demonstrates the myriad dimensions of that sticky, fine-grained earth that is molded and shaped by talented hands.
Anchored by Artist Statements and in-studio, at-work photography, visitors will get a complete picture of twelve flourishing studios that successfully combine the inspiration and practicalities of business, art and life.
A reception, free and open to the public, will be held at the Spruce Pine Gallery on Saturday, August 17 from 5 to 7pm. The Gallery is located at 269 Oak Avenue; gallery hours are 10:30am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
The Toe River Arts Council is 501C-3 nonprofit and is supported by donations, memberships, local government support, grants (including the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency) and earned income from its events and sales. For more information, visit www.toeriverarts.org