Although not one of the official Dogwood Arts Festival 2014 events, the Opening Reception of unique pottery by the Terra Madre potters on March 28th was the starting point for us of what this festival is all about: a celebration of the natural beauty of East Tennessee and the creative spirit of area artists.
Owners of The District Gallery & Framery, Denise and Jeff Hood, dedicated a major portion of the gallery to the show. And patrons turned out to view the pottery by this juried organization of women clay artists living and working in Knoxville.
The pottery was as varied as the styles of the artists from fanciful, decorative pottery to pieces of a more utilitarian nature — vases, bowls, pitchers, etc. When we returned the next day to take a look without the crowds, we noted that many items had been sold. Enjoy this sample of the excellent craftmanship on display at the Opening Reception.
Lisa Kurtz whom we had met at last year’s Art Detour and whose vase we purchased was on hand to assist with the reception. Her wall pocket glazed in shades of brown left a lasting impression as it held spring daffodils in the midst of a lovely show.
Pottery from Terra Madre: Women in Clay runs through April 18 at The District Gallery. And while you’re there, take a close look at the other exhibit: Vision of Home: Recent Works by Kathie Odom. For more information:
The District Gallery & Framery
Owners: Jeff and Denise Hood 5113 Kingston Pike, Suite A Knoxville, TN 37919 Gallery: 865.200.4452 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDistrictGallery