From the humblest bowl that fits perfectly in your hand, to one that you proudly use every Thanksgiving, our bowls don't just hold food, they hold memories. In October, American Folk Art will be presenting a plethora of functional pottery bowls by 5 of our distinguished regional potters, all presenting their own very personal design aesthetics. The focus will be on the beautiful possibility of form and multiple functions of a bowl. ‘Because our potters work with regionally sourced stoneware clays, these forms are hardy, and can be used for baking or on an entryway table for holding keys and other trinkets as well,’ says gallery director, Morgan Ford.
Using their clay as canvas, Rosa & Winton Eugene are known for painting delicate scenes of their rural South Carolina surroundings and memories on their pottery and bowl forms, creating heirloom quality yet utilitarian pieces collected throughout the country. Shawn Ireland, a resident of our North Carolina Mountains, where he uses local resources to create his unique clays. His pottery incorporates a distinct rustic yet modern take blended animal and figurative forms of old Etruscan pottery he encountered while living for a spell in Italy. Shawn is a wonderful cook and often thinks of a perfect serving piece while setting his table; then retires to his studio to create it.
We will also have selections by Caroline Cercone, Kim Ellington & Naomi Dalglish and Michael Hunt. As we head into the fall season, when baking and gathering around the table has such appeal, American Folk Art invites you to be inspired to set a beautiful table using pottery which will add to the enjoyment of every meal.
American Folk Art and Framing is located at 64 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit amerifolk.com or call 828.281.2134.