Handmade pottery exploded in America after WWII, with the establishment of individual studios, university programs, craft schools, and a vibrant scene that celebrated new directions and techniques. Studio potters, in dialogue with clay—the most primordial of natural materials—and in collaboration with the alchemy of fire, produced objects that embodied their unique individual voices, while serving as vessels for everyday sustenance. At their best, studio pots bring the sublime to the daily activity of eating and drinking. This talk will explore how the Donald Clark Collection illuminates the rise of the Studio Pottery movement as well as pottery’s dynamic presence in the local culture of the Connecticut River Valley.
Presented by Mark Shapiro, potter, writer, mentor, director of Apprenticelines, and founding member of POW! (Pots on Wheels)
The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program.
Free coffee available. Cookies provided courtesy of Big Y.