As kids, we all like the idea of mud on our hands, a take-home art project that still makes mom tear up 20 years later.
But as adults, we only buy into pottery when the IKEA catalog suggests it.
The medium finally gets its due beginning Saturday in Watkinsville at Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational 2009, when 50 hand-picked potters from Georgia will display more than 4,500 pieces for show and for sale. The pottery show also includes workshops, demonstration and studio tours.
AJCer Howard Pousner wrote a lovely profile of Atlanta potter Katy McDougal, who will be there with her signature bird-inspired pieces. You can read the whole story, “Atlanta artist one of 50 showing at Ga.’s largest pottery exhibition,” or get a glimpse of it here:
“I’m trying to emulate my grandmother’s time in my art as well as my domestic life,” allows the mom of 18-month-old Violet and wife of Wayne Pelletier, a graphic design creative director. “I just think of how people find comfort in antiques and love to think of an object having a story. Each of my pots has its own story. It’s just that the story is a record of my everyday life as a wife, mother and artist.”
McDougal’s creative plotline began in 1992 when she was a Louisiana State University math major who found her accounting classmates boring and, on a whim, enrolled in a ceramics course. Having never taken an art class, she realized, being surrounded by artists, that she was one. She would work all night making sculpture that explored her identity as a young woman and her relationship with nature.
“It was wonderful how these emotions that I had always felt so strongly could manifest themselves outside of me and be such a release.”
Want to go? “Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational 2009″ runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 29-Sept. 16. Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation Art Center, 34 School St., Watkinsville. 707-769-4565, Perspectives09.myocaf.com.