Japanesque Exhibit

The Overland Gallery in downtown Kinston is presenting a juried exhibit called “Japanesque”.  In this exhibit, artists were challenged to create a piece of artwork with a Japanese influence.

Free to the public on OCTOBER 15 from 4 – 7:30 PM
Music provided by violinist Emily McLawhorn

A very impressive body of work by regional artists in a wide range of media.  The artwork will be exhibit and for sale until the end of November 30th

There are three Barley Hollow pieces in this show. In preparation for the show, I read “The Unknown Craftsman” by Soetsu Yanagi, studied several other sources of images of Japanese historical pottery, and modern ceramic trends.

31e75d99-bd99-4cf9-909a-7df2a924b76cOver the years, I’ve found I like making a three-piece outdoor lantern, similar to Japanese snow lanterns. Mine tend to be smaller, and feature a solar light, but the proportions intrigue me. So, I worked on a design to meet the historical norm half way – sort of snow lantern meets NC pottery.

I also entered a pair of cups, “meoto yunomi”, or at least my take on the married pair concept. The two share a glaze pattern, and form, but the sizes are different.

The third piece isn’t pottery, but rather a piece of stone that acts as a base for one of my block prints. The image is of a yunomi, so it’s related.

I’ve seen some of the other works in this show and I’m really impressed with the scope of subjects, range of media and amazing quality of the work. If you’re able to visit, I think it will be well worth your time. Cynthia Dunn has done a remarkable job pulling this all together, and deserves big kudos.

See you at the reception!

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