Haywood College Exhibit
May 4, 2012
MudFire Gallery is very pleased to present an outstanding group of new potters in a show featuring contemporary and traditional North Carolina clay. Curated by renowned ceramicist, Steve Lloyd, the show highlights the work of 7 graduating seniors of Haywood College, a thirty-year old professional crafts school nestled between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina. Imbued with the local culture and institutions of clay, students at the school are trained as professional potters, building upon the seemingly endless resources of the Carolinas' craft tradition.
MudFire Gallery is proud to exhibit this exceptional work which speaks to strong foundations and exceptional creativity. Introducing... the next generation of pottery greats. We look forward to seeing you at the opening reception on May 4 from 5-9pm.
Work will be available for purchase starting 12:00 pm on Friday, May 4, 2012.
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More About Haywood College Exhibit
For more than 30 years, Haywood's Professional Crafts program has played a key role in the cultural and economic development of Western North Carolina. The college offers ground-breaking, innovative studio programs in clay, fiber, jewelry and wood. Students come to Haywood from across the United States in order to explore the creative spirit, develop sound technical expertise, and sharpen marketing and business skills. Through a unique blend of studio experience, classroom education, and hands-on business experiences, students achieve the skills necessary to become viable independent studio craftspeople or to become valuable, skilled employees in the expanding craft industry.
Classes are small, with teacher-student ratios designed for an optimal studio experience. Course work in each program is carefully designed to provide a firm foundation in studio technique, with design and craft history classes offered to provide a thorough comprehension of the craft experience. Students also take classes in design, marketing, studio and business planning, and craft photography. This blend of studio craft and business courses prepares the student to leave school with the skills and knowledge to be successful in a life of fine craft.
In 2012, the Professional Crafts Program moved in to the new Creative Arts Building. This state of the art facility features energy efficient studios, natural daylighting technology, active and passive solar power and heating, and rainwater management, providing an anticipated LEED Platinum Energy certification. Chaired by pottery Terry Gess, and headed by instructor Steve Lloyd, the clay programs accepts approximately eight full-time students each year.
Juried by Steve Lloyd, the pottery featured in this exhibition is some of the best emerging artist work we have seen. Attention to detail, thoughtful design and flaweless execution make this new artist show an exceptional event.
Bily Brown first met clay while going to college at Warren Wilson College. At the time Bily was enrolled in an Anthropology program andI had to take an arts class. Bily was quickly seduced over to the ceramics studio into the dead of night, away from his old haunt "The Library". The anthropology teachers were not very happy about the new relationship. This provided a Romeo and Juliet moment, and instigated his decision to run off with clay to some foreign and exotic land. After a couple months Bily found Haywood Community College's Professional Craft program. Here clay and Bily were able to explore their relationship and deepen their bond. It's been a riot these past two years.
Lisa Fleming is currently enrolled in the Professional Crafts Program at Haywood Community College in North Carolina. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts, with an emphasis on painting and drawing from San Francisco State University in California. After college she worked in advertising and graphic design and attended culinary school in San Francisco. For many years she has collected fine art and contemporary craft. Since moving to South Carolina in 2008 she has explored wheel-thrown ceramics in classes at the Spartanburg Art Museum, which evolved into a strong desire to broaden her knowledge and skills in clay.
Rebecca Catrett fell in love with the clay medium her junior year of high school. After spending much of her senior year exploring the medium decided the college she chose had to have it. In August of 2010 she enrolled in the Professional Crafts Program at Haywood Community College.
In 2004 Kim Janis moved to Western North Carolina with her parents from Miami, Florida to live at their mountain home . She graduated high school in 2008 and continued her education at Haywood Community College, aspiring to be an eye doctor. As the work load dawned on her, she had enough and started searching for a new direction. Meeting her future husband at her tutoring sessions, he told her about the professional craft program at Haywood, as he was on the waiting list to get into the wood program. She had no idea, and knew nothing about the crafts and its prestigious history worldwide. In the fall of 2010 Kim Janis began her pottery career excited and eager to start something new.
Zoe Snow has always been interested in art and the creative process. She has lived in three states, moving frequently with in each state, throughout her childhood. Because of her often moves, she developed a free spirit, a roaming mind, and was constantly in deep thought. As a child, creativity was greatly encouraged in many mediums of arts and crafts. Zoe discovered her love for clay when she started her college education at Haywood Community College. Zoe had originally decided to take the classes until she figured out what she really wanted to do in life. In the professional clay program she found great joy in redeveloping her skills of painting, photography, and design that she has picked up along her life journey. Her discovery of ceramics was a great way for her to use the art skills she had been developing; making this an exciting new way to express herself. For Zoe, it is only befitting that on a whim she would find her new passion. Ceramics will carry her through the next part of her life, allowing her to create freely, filling each piece with its own spirited life. Zoe is now in the process of creating a studio space, in her home, where she can grow and continue to develop her skills.
Crystal Coates Allen, a western North Carolina native, received an Associate's Degree in Commercial Art and Advertising Design. She has worked as Assistant or Senior Art Director at an advertising agency and various printing houses in the western NC area. Since then Crystal has enjoyed teaching classes in calligraphy, painting in watercolors, and learning to felt and spin wool. Clay is her medium of choice. She is currently working in a brown stoneware clay. She will produce and fire the pieces in her own studio near her home in Canton, NC. She makes wheel-thrown functional work, often altering the pieces and incorporating hand building. She exhibits her work at galleries around the region
At the age of 54, Cathy Babula's decision to be a potter came late in life. Although she has always had the heart of an artist, at an early age she succumbed to indoctrination that being an artist was not a practical way to make a living. After uncomfortably squeezing herself into the Corporate American mold for over twenty years she found myself unhappily questioning the condition of her soul. Unable to continue living a lie and running out of justifications for doing so, it was time to make a different choice. Finding herself unemployed, Cathy returned to her old friend clay for solace and comfort. Taking pottery classes at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts she noticed that no matter how bad she felt when I got there, within 15 minutes of getting elbow deep in mud she was happy. Making pottery is a fulfilling and joyful balancing act for Cathy. It requires a calm focus, yet offers seemingly endless possibilities for artistic expression. She strives for graceful, simple forms that support complex surface designs. The goal is to provide beautiful functional pieces that bring joy to the user. As we increasingly find ourselves surrounded by massive quantities of soulless objects, Cathy believes it is important to return to items of character that invite us to find meaning in our everyday activities.