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Pots on The green

by Ashley Stewart

When you think of fine art, it’s typically painting or sculpture that come to mind. You might not think pottery would fit under the label of “fine art,” but its association with practicality is misleading. The craftsmanship that goes into each bowl, platter and lantern rivals that of the most talented painter.

On June 22 and 23, join The Village Green and FireMoss Pottery as they present the third annual Pots on the Green, a ceramic art show.

The show highlights 16 talented artists from all across Western North Carolina. Frank Vickery from The Bascom, and Heather May Erickson and her students in the Studio Arts Program in Ceramics at Western Carolina University will be joined by Kyle Carpenter, Gay Smith, Jim and Sheril Parmentier, Akira Sataki, Mary Thompson, Maria Andrade Troya, Travis Burning, Joe McKee, Joey Sheehan, Barry Greg, Alysha Baier, Samantha Oliver and our own Justin Allman of FireMoss Pottery. The variety of styles and techniques is extraordinary, ranging from traditional to contemporary. Throughout the day on both days, there will be artist demonstrations. Get a glimpse behind the scenes of your favorite artist at work and see how they bring their creations to life.

The Guest of Honor this year is Cynthia Bringle from Penland School. She has been making beautiful, functional pieces since the 1970s and is considered by many to be the Matriarch of Clay. If a potter is from Southern Appalachia, chances are they’ve studied under Cynthia. Her work can be found in several museums and private collections, as well as kitchen cabinets all across the South.

On Friday, June 21, there will be a Wine and Cheese Artist Reception and Art Preview from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at The Village Green Office and FireMoss Pottery. Guests have the opportunity see the art before anyone else and talk to the artists. The Festival is from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call Ann Self at The Village Green at (828) 743-3434, or Justin Allman at FireMoss Pottery at (239) 331-0054.

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