Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Scratching the Surface, By Example

     In a few days, "By Example:  20 NC Potters and Their Mentors" will open at the Greenhill Center for NC Art in Greensboro, NC.  I curated this show and have been helping install it over the past week or so, and let me tell you, this is a HUGE show.  "Huge" in that there are almost 500 ceramic objects, mostly pots, in the exhibition and "Huge" in the display of talent and variety of ceramic expression of utilitarian objects in one large room.  Here is a brief description of the show with a list of invited artists and mentors:

"By Example presents the work of twenty younger NC ceramic artists who use color, texture and imagery in their work and examines the sources of the newer guard of NC clay makers. Guest curator Ronan Kyle Peterson has selected 20 artists who in turn have invited 20 mentors who have impacted their work and careers in a significant way. This exhibit will include both functional and sculptural ceramic works which will introduce viewers to the clay medium through new approaches to surface design, and innovative use of ancient techniques. Themes such as artistic borrowings from other media in contemporary craft and the importance of mentorship will also be explored."

     Hope you can make it to Greensboro, NC to see this exhibition which runs Friday, June 29 through Sunday, August 26, with an Opening Reception, 5:30 - 7:30 pm this Friday, June 29.  I'll be giving a curator's talk and tour, 6 -6:30 during the opening reception, so be sure to miss...I mean be sure to catch that, should be both captivating and exhilarating (or at least intelligible is what I am aiming for).  A lot of the invited artists and some of the invited mentors are planning on attending, and it seems to be shaping up to be quite an event, so I hope you or someone you know can come on over to Greensboro and experience a visual feast of incredible presentation of pots x 500.  There is a Facebook page for By Example, check it out and "Like" it at this link

     And, since I really like to take it easy after installing a show with 500 pieces of pottery, I'll be teaching a workshop (check out this link) for the Carolina Clay Guild, at the Art Alliance Clay Studio in Greensboro, NC, Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1, which just so happens to be located downstairs from the Greenhill Center (sheesh).  So, Friday night, the workshop attendees will hopefully make it to the Opening Reception for "By Example" and get to hear a brilliant (yeah, right) talk and walking tour of the exhibit by the curator, yours truly, followed by two days of a flurry of techniques for jazzing up ceramic surfaces.  Should go off without a hitch, right?  Wish me luck and hope to see you in Greensboro this weekend!    

Spoiler:  Here is a sneak peek of the postcard for the 2012 3 Guys* and Some Pottery Open House and Sale, going on August 4 and 5, featuring the return of Marty Fielding.  More details unfolding, but you can check out www.dougdotsonpottery.com  or  3 Guys* and Some Pottery on Facebook for hopefully some pertinent details.