Signature Shop and Gallery. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays. 3267 Roswell Road. 404-237-4426. www.thesignatureshop.com
By Catherine Fox
Founded in 1962, the Signature Shop remains the best place in town for crafts. You can always count on a display of the Moulthrop men’s exquisite turned bowls, distinctive jewelry and ceramics that range from humble coffee mugs to outrageous sculpture, best represented at the moment by contemporary face jugs festooned with found objects by Peter Lenzo.
The current ceramics inventory is a bit heavy on the whimsical, with a heavy dose of animal sculptures verging on cute. Even Andy Nasisse’s clay sculptures, which once projected a faint menace, have softened into clown-faced innocence, though the surfaces are still rich and lively.
But there’s plenty to sink one’s teeth into. Lauren Gallaspy uses a stylus pencil to make elegant, detailed, discomfiting drawings on quirky-shaped vessels and intentionally lummoxy sculptures. Equally engaging are the scratchy images and text Ted Saupe applies to his crumply vessels and wonderfully rickety architectural teapots.
All three belong to the coterie of potters that have grown up around the University of Georgia’s ceramics program, which Saupe chairs — clearly a place that encourages expressiveness and individuality.
Also notable are Atlanta artist Chris Condon’s delightful sculptures referencing wasp nests. Fashioned of laminated wood and concrete, they are abstracted but recognizable, blending nature and artifice with imagination and skill.