Asheville in Atlanta 2012
September 21, 2012
MudFire Gallery is excited to announce the 10th annual installment of our Asheville in Atlanta series. Each year since 2003, MudFire has hosted an exhibit of new ceramic work by talented artists from in and around Asheville, North Carolina. One of the preeminent centers of ceramic art in the world, the Asheville area is home to hundreds of potters and sculptors including many of the most prominent voices in the field.
Our 10th Annual Asheville in Atlanta show features new and returning friends, all of whom invest heavily in the surface of their functional pottery. These embellishments include a mix of abstract and nature influence imagery, often times woven together in counterpoint on the surface of a single vessel. Using traditional firing methods and materials, all of the participating artists offer up bodies of work alive with imagery and energy for the contemporary home.
Asheville in Atlanta 2012 opens on Friday, September 21, at Noon, and continues through November 18. We will celebrate with an artist reception and birthday party from 5-9 pm on September 21.
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Our 10th annual Asheville in Atlanta show will be a feast of imagery on functional pottery. The show was curated by gallery director Erik Haagensen with assistance from Kyle Carpenter. Participating artists include Mr. Carpenter, Claudia Dunaway Richards, Angelique Tassistro, and Julie Covington.
Julie Covington studied Ceramics at the University of North Carolina - Asheville, then went on to focus on natural indigenous architecture using clay, sand, and straw. She has studied and taught since in Italy, Mexico, and Thailand. In 2005, she returned to Asheville where she is focused on living a handmade life, engaging fully in activities ranging from brewing soda with sassafras roots to her full-time studio practice as a functional potter. Her work is sturdy, straightforward and earthy, and features swirling circles, dancing vines, hidden quotes and other delights.
Kyle Carpenter was educated and went on to teach high school and college level ceramics in the Asheville area before shifting to full-time studio work in mid-2002. Kyle's masterfully elegant brushwork and traditional salt-fired finish materials clearly identify his work. For 2012, Kyle has returned to pattern and abstraction in his surfaces to complement the natural imagery that has dominated his work in recent years. Kyle exhibits nationally, and is a member of the selective Southern Highland Craft Guild. The MudFire Asheville in Atlanta show concept was developed and then curated by Kyle for many years. MudFire continues to honor this role by including him annually.
Claudia Dunaway Richards has been a potter for over 30 years, having originally studied with legendary pottery Charles Counts in Rising Fawn, Georgia, and at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. After long stretches in both Virginia and Florida teaching and owning galleries, she and her artist husband John Richards returned in 2003 to Western North Carolina to immerse themselves in the rich community of local artists anchored by the Penland School of Crafts northeast of Asheville. She uses a range of clay bodies and fires in reduction to create subtly varied finishes. Her work is intensely illustrated with strong line and wide ranging subject matter. She is also a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
Angelique Tassistro is a rising star in the ceramic world, with numerous recent publication credits and inclusion in the 2011 Ceramics Monthly Top 15 National Emerging Clay Artists. She grew up in an eccentric Southern family where costumes, make believe, and creative play were part of the everyday routine. Living fully in her own Magic Nation, a childhood mispronunciation of "imagination", has stayed with her into adulthood serving as a creative touchstone. Her work is playful and vibrant, with architecturally-influenced forms made alive with layers of color and dynamic lines. She uses a unique subtractive process to work backwards in time through the layers of visual information previously added to her pots. Angelique holds BA degrees in both Ceramics and Photography from Louisiana State University.