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ChathamArts gallery will feature Chatham potters

By Les Palmer
Posted Sunday, February 11, 2007

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Pittsboro, NC - Some of Chatham County's most outstanding potters -- including several with international reputations -- will showcase their work at ChathamArts Gallery in historic downtown Pittsboro March 1-24. Meet the artists on Sunday March 4, 12 noon-5 during a reception as part of Pittsboro’s First Sunday activities, when shops, galleries and eateries are open.

ChathamArts Gallery sells a wide range of original work produced by local artists. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11- 5pm, and First Sunday, 12 noon-5pm. 115 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro, 919-542-0394.

Featured potters include:

Mark Hewitt, who uses local clays and glaze materials to make distinctive high-quality tableware and large planters, jars, and vases. While his methods are traditional, his style is contemporary. He co-curated "The Potter's Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery," exhibit last year at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Mark’s books are available at the gallery as well.

Siglinda Scarpa, whose works take many forms including those that are sculptural, functional and decorative. She makes vessels and pots for cooking that, however sculptural they may be (and some extraordinarily so), are unmistakably functional. Quite apart from these, Siglinda also creates purely sculptural pieces with delicate forms.

Joyce Bryan, who has been a potter in Chatham County since 1976. Her work is known for its sense of whimsy and it glorious glazes. Most of her work is for the preparation, cooking and serving of food.

Lyn Morrow, who is recognized for both her classic forms and extensive palette of glazes. She uses her pottery wheels to push the limit of porcelain, throwing 50-pound bowls with 32-inch diameters. Lyn’s award-winning pottery has been featured in museums, galleries and corporate collections throughout North and South America, Europe and Japan.

Janet Resnick, a self-supporting potter since 1974, who specializes in affordable, functional dinner and serving pieces glazed with impressionistic landscape, animal, iris and Christmas designs reflecting her life and environment.
Her affordable lead-free stoneware is meant to be used daily and is dishwasher and oven safe.

Herb and Connie Allred, whose pottery is whimsical, yet functional. Their hand-sculpted pieces are made to elicit smiles.

Doug Dotson, who produces functional pottery using a soda glaze technique to add a rich and spontaneous finish to his work.

Darrel Tracy, a sculptural potter, who is introducing a new series or works that he calls Cascade Spirit Houses.

Wendy Cappelletti, who produces functional pieces for the home with deep rich glazes.

The NC Arts Incubator in Siler City also will share a collection by their potters including: Rita Schiavone, Richard Danek, Linda Person, Ana Howard, Cheryl Essex, Carlyne Thomas, Chana Meeks, Vance Dunn, and Darrel Tracy. This work ranges from one-of-a-kind sculpture to utilitarian casseroles and flower vases.

ChathamArts, the Chatham County Arts Council, presents and supports the arts in the community through gallery exhibits and special activities throughout the year.

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