The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation is now hosting pop-up pottery sales in lieu of the annual Perspectives Pottery Invitational. Every two weeks, four artists from around the region will be featured.
Showcased until Oct. 10 are artists Douglas Tobin, Jim Bridgeman, Kathy King and Kathryn Gould.
The other potters will be featured throughout October and November.
n Oct. 13-Oct. 24: Martha Cook, Marise Fransolino, Glenn Dair and Tom Homann
n Oct. 27-Nov. 7: Jerry and Kathy Chappelle, Adrina Richard, Kathy Phelps and Cindy Angliss
n Nov. 10-Nov. 21: Nancy Green, Juana Gnecco, Minsoo Yuh and Tripti Yoganathan
Admission is free during OCAF’s regular hours of Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Face coverings are required, and eight people may attend at a time.
“After we had to cancel the Perspectives show, I wanted to create a smaller event that fit within the CDC guidelines and had smaller volunteer requirements,” said OCAF Executive Director LaRuchala Murphy. “My idea was to do a pop-up sale because they’re small in capacity, easier to manage...and it allowed the artists who were scheduled to participate in Perspectives an opportunity to still sell and make up for any lost revenue because of COVID.”
Participating potter Kathy King of Roswell describes her pieces as “relaxed but very intentional,” with some works incorporating found objects, like wood or metal pieces.
“I like to take in nature as my inspiration and create forms that show this inspiration,” King said. “I’m really interested in birds and flowers, so I use that in my pottery.”
In addition to some of her cups and bowls, King will have about a dozen of her 100 wall art orbs available for purchase at the sale.
Jim Bridgeman of Fayetteville will offer a number of his architectural-esque works at the OCAF sale. Bridgeman elaborated that his pottery’s appearance is not just a coincidence. He did actually study architecture for 3.5 years in college. When he retired in 2012, the extra time allowed him to start doing a precise kind of handbuilding technique.
“The hand building is really time critical and more time consuming than work that’s thrown on a wheel,” he said. “Having the time to hand build now that I’m retired has allowed me to develop the style that people see in most of my work now.”