13th Annual Perspectives:
Georgia Pottery Invitational
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August 28 - September 16, 2015
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OCAF's Annual PERSPECTIVES pottery event is one of the premier and largest pottery events in the region. Showcasing the works of 50 Georgia potters the event features 3 exhibits as well as a sales venue offering over 5000 pieces of original, hand-made pottery. PERSPECTIVES also offers workshops, demonstartions, and tours of local potters' studios. More information on our 2015 PERSPECTIVES will be posted when available.
2015 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Perspectives Opening Gala Reception & Preview Sale
August 28, 2015, 6 - 9 pm, $20 Admission, free parking
1902 OCAF Center & Rocket Hall (old Watkinsville Gym)
34 School Street, Watkinsville, GA 30677
Admission entitles you to purchase pottery before the show opens to the public.
The opening Gala, Reception and Pottery Sale is a pottery collector's paradise with an extensive selection of hand-made functional pottery with over 5,000 pots to view and choose from in the Rocket Hall Sales Gallery. "Meet and mingle" with this year's participating potters while enjoying a wide assortment of tasty finger foods and liquid refreshments under the tents adjacent to the 1902 Building. Music on the outdoor stage will be provided by Period Six, who perform a unique blend of Jazz standards featuring collective communication and soulful improvisation. Chris Costigan (Tenor Sax), David Brown (Guitar), Griffin Dangler (Bass), and Austin Agar (Drums) combine to bring out the best in themselves and their audience.
Additionally, three significant exhibitions in 1902 OCAF Center will also be open. The Main Gallery will display an exhibit of 150 pots, titled "Participating Potters: 2015" consisting of two or three of the best pots by each of the fifty potters. The Members' Gallery will feature an outstanding exhibit of pottery by Akira Satake. The Hall Gallery will display clay and mixed media figurative clocks by Isabell Daniel. All pottery in 1902 OCAF Center will also be for sale unless otherwise marked.
to see a fantastic video of the 2013 festivities.
Video by Ken Krakow, kenkrakow.com / Music by Squat
August 29 through September 16, 10am - 5pm daily including Sundays and Labor Day
EXHIBITIONS AND SALES
1902 OCAF Center & Rocket Hall
34 School Street, Watkinsville, GA 30677
Free admission and open to the general public.
"Participating Potters: 2015"
This annual exhibit and sale, featurng the best works of each of the 50 Georgia potters is considered by many as the finest display of contemporary pottery in the Southeast.
Akira Satake was born in Osaka, Japan but has been living in the U.S. since 1983. In 2003 he relocated from Brooklyn, NY to Asheville, NC where he currently maintains a ceramics studio and gallery in Asheville's River Arts District. His work evokes the hand of nature; his wood fired sculptural forms have an organic, timeless feel, with wood ash giving the pieces a burnished glow, elemental tones, and luminous crystalline effects. Akira's popular Kohiki (white slip) works feature a bark like texture and earthen tones, with functional ware such as teapots and cups displaying playful rounded, almost anthropomorphic shapes while platters and bowls have a sleek, minimalist feel. His work was featured at the SOFA NY 2012 show and can be found in The Mint Museum and The Phillips Collection. In 2007 Akira was honored by the Philadelphis Museum Show with the National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay.
"Once Upon a Time" - Isabell Daniel
Ms. Daniel's hand-built terracotta clocks use abstracted human forms to suggest characters from imaginary narratives. Most of her figures are built in parts and linked together, marionette-style, often with the addition of found objects. She sees the puppet reference, as well as the clock movements, as a way to slightly animate the figures, "as if they might move at any minute or begin telling their story".
Gigantic Pottery Sale - Thousands of Pots
For twenty continuous days the old Watkinsville Gym, now called Rocket Hall, and 1902 OCAF Center will be rocking with more than 5,000 pieces of original hand-made pottery produced by 50 of Georgia’s finest potters. Most of the participating potters will have an average of 100 pots on display. This 13th annual premium sale of contemporary functional and decorative pottery is the largest of its kind in the Southeast.
In addition to the Exhibits & Pottery Sale, Perspectives will hold gallery talks, pottery demonstrations, and a pottery workshop during the 20 day event.
Gallery Talks by Michael Pitts
Sundays, September 6 and 13, Starting at 1pm
Main Gallery, 1902 OCAF Center
Free admission & open to the general public
Expand your pottery proficiency in a gallery talk through the exhibition galleries. Michael Pitts, a well-known Georgia potter, will lead these talks covering pottery styles, clays, glazes, firing techniques and general information about various pieces in the exhibit.
Pottery Demonstrations by Participating Potters
Every Saturday, 1pm to 4pm
Rocket Hall Courtyard
Free admission & open to the general public
Over the three hour period these experienced potters will demonstrate wheel throwing and hand building techniques and be available to answer your questions.
Perspectives Pottery Workshop with Akira Satake
Saturday, August 29 & Sunday, August 30
10am to 5pm
School Street Studios building
"Beauty in Imperfection"
Akira Satake will demonstrate both the handbuilding and throwing techniques he uses in the making of his tea ceremony bowls, tea pots, box, ikebana vases and sculptural objects. Participants will learn to create rich surfaces inspired by the natural world.
Akira will also share his experience and knowledge in a discussion of the Japanese aesthetic. Participants will gain insight in finding the beauty in imperfection, the meaning of "wabi-sabi" and the importance of "ma" -- the space inbetween.
Akira is widely sought after for workshops and lectures and has been invited to give classes in France, Belgium, Israel, Australia, England and Scotland. His work was featured at the SOFA NY 2012 show and can be found in The Mint Museum and The Phillips Collection. In 2007 Akira was honored by the Philadelphis Museum Show with the National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay. His work may be seen on his website at www.akirasatake.com.
Artist Statement: For me, the act of creation is a collaboration between myself, the clay and the fire. Collaboration means finding what the clay wants to be and bringing out its beauty in the way that the beauty of our surroundings is created through natural forces. Undulations in sand that has been moved by the wind, rok formations causesd by landslides, the crackle and patina in the wall of an old house; all these owe their special beauty to the random hand of nature. The fire is the ultimate random part of the collaborative equation. I hope the fier will be my ally, but I know it will always transform the clay in way I cannot anticipate.
Click Here for a printable "Beauty in Imperfection" Workshop flyer.
Registration Fee: $165.00 which includes lunch each day.
Register online by clicking the "Register" button, or by phone at 706-769-4565, or at our office at 34 School Street in Watkinsville. Cash, check, VISA/MASTERCARD/DISCOVER credit cars accepted.
Volunteering with PERSPECTIVES
PERSPECTIVES would not be possible without all the wonderful volunteers who make it happen. Volunteers help with everything from pre-event preparation to cashiering on the last day of the sale to post-event wrap-up. And they have a wonderful time doing it! Ask anyone who has volunteered in the past.
As a valuable added bonus, volunteers will be treated to an Appreciation Reception in Rocket Hall the evening the event closes. During the reception,dinner will be served and all volunteers will be able to shop and receive a 30% discount on all pottery in Rocket Hall.
Volunteer opportunities for the 2015 Perspectives now available!
Volunteer scheduling done through VolunteerSpot.
See the slideshow below for some of the pottery pieces offered by our 2013 fifty Georgia potters.
Video of the 2012 Perspectives Opening Gala Reception & Preview Sale
Video provided by George Rodriguez of Paradise Media / Music by The Georgia Mudcats
For all other information please call the OCAF offices at 706-769-4565 Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.
Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational is an OCAF event.