Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Source • Material An Exhibition on Water and the Ceramic Cup-Curated by Lindsay Rogers

On November 1, 2012, Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville, NC presents "Source Material: An Exhibition on Water and the Ceramic Cup". This is one of our most anticipated exhibitions of the year among collectors and potters alike. Lindsay Rogers, University of Florida,  has been selected to curate this year's event. Lindsay has selected 68 of her favorite ceramic artists from around the country for "Source Material" and they represent a broad range of unique styles and techniques. 

Josh Stover
Lindsay Roger's inspiration for the exhibition was water. According to Lindsay "Water is everywhere. As abundant as an ocean and as delicate as a drop, water is the source of all life. This eternally human need consistently shifts the way we build our tools, our cultures and our lives. Historically speaking, water has become a dictator of form, an aesthetic inspiration, a human habit and an honest informer of the ecological state of our world. In this exhibit, contemporary ceramic artists will address the theme of water through the form of the ceramic cup." 

Artists to include:
Julia Galloway
Adam Field, Adam Posnak, Amy Smith, Andrew Avakian, Audrey Rosulek, Ben Krupka, Birdie Boone, Brett Freund, Brian Jones, Chandra DeBuse, Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph, Chris Pickett, Courtney Martin, Courtney Murphy, Dan Anderson, Dandee Pattee, Diana Fayt, Donna Flanery, Doug Peltzman, Emily Reason, gwendolyn yoppolo, Hayne Bayless, Hiroe Hanazono, Jana Evans, Jason Burnett, Jeff Kleckner, Jennifer Allen, Josh DeWeese, Joshua Stover, Julia Galloway, Kari Smith, Kathy King, Kelly O'Briant, Kristen Kieffer, KyoungHwa Oh, Leah Leitson & Martin Tatarka, Leanne McClurg Cambric, Linda Arbuckle, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Louise Harter, Mark Errol, Frank Martin, Martina Lantin, Mary Barringer, Michael Hunt, Michael Kline, Natalie Tornatore, Nicole Gugliotti, Nicole Aquillano, Nigel Rudolph, Ronan Kyle Peterson, Sanam Emami, Sean O'Connell, Shadow May, Shane Mickey, Shawn Spangler, Shoko Teruyama, Simon Levin, Steven M. Godfrey, Steven Roberts, Sue Tirrell, Sunshine Cobb, Susan Feagin, Tara Wilson, Tina Gebhart and Victoria Christen.

The exhibition will open on November 1 and remain through December 31. Please join us for an artist reception Saturday, November 3 at 6pm. The exhibition can be seen and purchased online beginning November 1 at 12:00am. For more information call 828-688-3599 or online at

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Internationally recognized wood fired artist Peter Callas to lecture in Bakersville

Peter Callas
On July 7 at 5pm Crimson Laurel Gallery will host a lecture by internationally recognized ceramic sculptor Peter Callas at the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse in downtown Bakersville, NC.  The lecture will include an overview of Peter's 40 year career, his 23 year collaboration with Peter Voulkos and a discussion of "Serendipity: An International Exhibition of Wood Fired Sculptural Ceramics" that opens on July 1.  Andrew Glasgow, the retired executive director of the American Craft Council, will introduce Peter and offer opening remarks.

"Serendipity: An International Exhibition of Wood Fired Sculptural Ceramics" will feature fourteen artists from five countries and also includes a functional element that features eight exceptional wood fired ceramic artists .  This exhibition is curated by Asheville NC sculptor Eric Knoche.  Eric's goal for this exhibition is to present a group of artists from across the spectrum of wood fired sculptural ceramics never before seen in this part of the world.  He is particularly interested in how various artists have adapted the wood fired patina to their own sculptural work.

The sculptural artists included in this exhibition include Ted Adler, Mary Bowron, Joy Brown,  Peter Callas, Jason Hess, Eric Knoche, Tim Rowan, Mat Rude and Jeff Shapiro from the United States, Neil Hoffman from Australia,  Nina Hole and Ann-Charlotte Ohlson from Denmark, Koichiro Isezaki from Japan and Michal Puszczynski from Poland.  The functional artists include Chris Campbell, JD Jorgenson, Lucien Koonce, Simon Levin, John Martelle, Dan Murphy, Tara Wilson and Shumpei Yamaki.

Tim Rowan

The exhibition will open on July 1 and remain through August 31.  Please join us for an artist's reception at 6pm on July 7th. Crimson Laurel Gallery following the Peter Callas lecture which takes place at 5pm.  The exhibition can be seen and purchased online.  For more information call 828-688-3599 or online at

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Containmnet III Artist Reception May 5th at Crimson Laurel Gallery

Andrew Massey
On April 28 we opened one of our most anticipated exhibitions of the year called "Containment III: A Nesting Instinct".  "Containment" challenges the invited artists to think outside the box and create works inspired by the containment theme. The concept behind "Containment III" is for a ceramic object to be "nested" within, on,  or beneath another ceramic object.  The works created this year are truly unique in many respects.  This exhibition is now in it's third year and is a favorite among collectors.  The exhibit features more than 30 outstanding artists from around the country.

Daniel T. Beck
Among the artists featured in the exhibition is Deborah Rogers, a wonderful folk artist from Virginia who has made three great exhibition pieces including a piece titled "I Wanna be in Do-Dad Heaven" that deals with the material things that we all keep close to our hearts.  Deborah works in clay with found objects and all of her pieces are beautifully decorated with colored pencil.

Artist include: 
Daniel T. Beck, Micah Cain, Kyle Carpenter, Chandra DeBuse, Lynn Duryea,  David Eichelberger, Mark Errol, Jana Evans, Nathan Falter, Mary Fischer, Rachel K. Garceau, Terry Gess, Martha Grover, Julie Guyot, Erik Haagensen, Leslie Hinton, Andy Sloan Jackson, Daniel Johnston, Brian Jones, Heather Knight, Andrew Massey, Richard Nickel, Erin Paradis, Chris Pickett, Andy Rogers, Deborah Rogers, Valerie Schnaufer, Molly Kite Spadone, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Ryan Takaba and Angelique Tassisstro
Leslie Hinton
Join us for an Artists Reception May 5th at 6pm, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville NC. 28705. This exhibition will remain through June 29.  The exhibition can be seen and purchased online.  For more information call 828-688-3599 or online at

Come find out what's inside the box 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

"Encore" - New work by Alex Matisse


We thought our most successful successful solo show of 2011 deserved an encore. This show features Alex's favorite pots from his last two firings. Alex Matisse lives and creates his work in the Mountains of Marshall NC. He apprenticed in the workshops of North Carolina potters Matt Jones and Mark Hewitt.

"The pots in this collection are from the 3rd and 4th firings of my kiln. Each firing has been distinct and varied and each has had success and failures. These are a few of those success, a harmonious marriage of form and glaze and flame.

My favorite pots are those made on the good days. It is a joy when the clay, pinched between knuckle and middle finger, seems to rise off the wheel toward the sky with its own momentum and volition. The pitchers in this show were made on such a day: their weight and mass distributed perfectly.
On the bad days, when the clay is short and dry and the eye wants more than the hand can match, the hardest part is not in the mechanics but in the mind. When everything seems to elude me, staying calm and collected is the most difficult part of all. Those days come and go like the March rains we will soon see and, I'm learning, are followed by the sun." - Alex Matisse

This Exhibition opens live "online only" March 15th at midnight.