Bastrop Clay Arts 2nd Annual Spring Invitational
Bastrop Clay Arts will sponsor the 2nd annual “Mostly Clay” Spring Invitational on April 7-9, in historic Bastrop, Texas with clay artists and organizers Melanie Shaw, Susan Hanft, and Marie Blazek. This is a dynamic exhibition/market of artwork will include works by approximately twenty artists and will be held at the beautiful Espavo Studio, located at 924 Main Street in Bastrop. Opening night will coincide with Bastrop’s First Friday Art Walk. Times are Friday evening, 5:30p to 8:30p, Saturday 10:00a to 6:00p, and Sunday noon to 3:00p. Two-dimensional and mixed media artists will be exhibited. There will be refreshments, demonstrations and more about the history of clay in the region throughout the event.
Simultaneously, the Bastrop County Historical Society will sponsor “Texas State of Clay: Past and Present” with guest curators, Bastrop Clay Arts. This six-week exhibit, April 1- May 13th, will take place at the Bastrop County Historical Museum and Visitors Center, 904 Main Street, Bastrop. The presentation will be a major display of historic pottery including information about and examples of pottery from the nineteenth century McDade Pottery and Alum Creek area potteries. The display will feature the McDade pottery collection of Lisa and JJ Jackson. The exhibition will bridge the ancient clay tradition in Texas with historic potteries and current clay artists from the area. This concurrent exhibit will also feature work by potters who have been major leaders in the contemporary ceramics field in the state. Historically, there will be emphasis on the ancient traditions of Texas clay including that of the Caddo and Jornada cultures.
“A pot is a living thing. Its association so markedly human.” Bernard Leach
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