Although I wish I had better sales to report, I still had a pretty good time at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. Seemed a lot of folks were in Asheville from out of town to see what is no doubt one of the most colorful leaf seasons we've had in recent years. It's always nice to be at a show amongst friends. My friend in pottery & blogging Joy Tanner was there and I sure did enjoy chatting and trading with my neighbors Jeff & Crim Bassett of Bee Global. I was thankful to have some of my students from Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts drop by the show as well as a surprise visit from my West Virginia University ceramics teacher, Bob Anderson. It was great catching up with him. I still hope to make him proud.
Bob built a comprehensive ceramics program at WVU over the course of his thirty-some-odd years there. It's, seemingly, one of a few BFA & MFA programs left that truly supports students who seek to make functional work. I learned a great deal about craftsmanship at WVU, particularly through the Production Methods classes I took there. In a typical "Fine Arts," program the word "production," may be poo-pooed. To me, production is synonymous with "practice." You can't excel in anything without practice. And if "art," isn't back by good craft, well then, I'm really not inclined to consider it worth much of anything, let alone being worthy of being called "art."
Thanks for coming along on my tangent. Back to the Fair. Since it wasn't gangbusters, I'll have to knock out some work before my long awaited vacation in November. I'm hoping to fill an order to a new gallery in Illinois as well as an order of logo coffee mugs to a chain of coffee shops on NC's east coast. The Marshall Handmade Market is coming up as well. More to come on that, but save the date for November 20.
This Fall has been off to a busy start. I had hoped to make my first blog post about a month ago. Better late than never, I guess. Here's two current North Carolina exhibits where my work can be seen.
Celebrates American Craft Week and it's 25th Anniversary
with Focus on Four, opened Oct. 9
Heartwood Gallery is celebrating it's 25th year of selling American craft with a reception and show spotlighting four regional potters. Outstanding pottery has long been a focus of Heartwood's collection and this show will feature special work by four western North Carolina potters Karen Newgard, Emily Reason, Sarah Rolland, and Robin Kirby.
Introduces Table Manners
Oct. 1-Nov. 27
This exhibit caught the attention of Ceramics Monthly magazine. The December 2010 issue focuses on Functional Tableware and I was asked to share my thoughts on the topic as well as some images of my work. Keep an eye out for the December issue, available in early November 2010.
See pictures of the entire exhibition here.