15th Annual Perspectives:
Georgia Pottery Invitational
Save the Dates!
August 25 - September 13, 2017
PERSPECTIVES is once again listed in the Top 20 Events© by Southeast Tourism Society
OCAF's Annual Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational 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 7,000 pieces of original, hand-made pottery. Perspectives also offers workshops, demonstartions, and tours of local potters' studios. More information on 2017 Perspectives events available below.
2017 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Perspectives Opening Gala Reception & Preview Sale
Friday, August 25, 2017 - 6 to 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 7,000 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 catered 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.
Additionally, three significant exhibitions in 1902 OCAF Center will also be open. The Main Gallery will feature the best works of each of the 50 Georgia potters, titled "PARTICIPATING POTTERS: 2017". The Members' Gallery will hold "Echizen in Japan" an outstanding exhibit of pottery from Echizen in Japan, and its tradition of yakishime,(high-fired unglazed pottery) and featuring the pottery of Naoki Izuma. Curated by Chris Kelly, professor at Piedmont College. The Hall Gallery will feature “In a Galaxy not far Away” by Beau Raymond. Beau Raymond’s ceramic work has arrived from light years away to bring joy, laughter and excitement to all Earthlings. Their mission is to fulfill your parched palettes with libations of your choice assisting you in your journey through the Galaxy of Milky. These ceramic vessels have traveled using unique saucers as transportation to Earth. Unlike Earthly beings, they are made of a hard substance known as Porcelain found in The Vitreous Galaxy. Although seemingly strong, they are fragile, just not as fragile as an Earthling Vessel. They have traveled far and are in need of a new home. Please find the perfect home from a galaxy not far away!
to see a fantastic video of the festivities from years past.
Video by Ken Krakow, kenkrakow.com / Music by Squat
August 26 through September 13, 10am - 5pm daily
including Sundays and Labor Day
NEW Extended Hours on Fridays, open until 8 pm
Free Admission & Free Parking
EXHIBITIONS AND SALES
1902 OCAF Center & Rocket Hall
34 School Street, Watkinsville, GA 30677
Free admission and open to the general public.
"Participating Potters: 2017"
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.
"Echizen in Japan"
Curated by Chris Kelly
An outstanding exhibit of pottery from Echizen in Japan, and its tradition of yakishime,(high-fired unglazed pottery) and featuring the pottery of Naoki Izuma.
"In a Galaxy Not Far Away"
by Beau Raymond
Beau Raymond’s ceramic work has arrived from light years away to bring joy, laughter and excitement to all Earthlings. Their mission is to fulfill your parched palettes with libations of your choice assisting you in your journey through the Galaxy of Milky. These ceramic vessels have traveled using unique saucers as transportation to Earth. Unlike Earthly beings, they are made of a hard substance known as Porcelain found in The Vitreous Galaxy. Although seemingly strong, they are fragile, just not as fragile as an Earthling Vessel. They have traveled far and are in need of a new home. Please find the perfect home from a galaxy not far away!
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 7,000 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 15th annual premium sale of contemporary functional and decorative pottery is the largest of its kind in the Southeast.
to see Paul Milliken, Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta at Perspectives 2015
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 3 and 10, 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.
Saturday, August 26: Maria Dondero
Saturday, September 2: Tammy Josephson
Saturday, September 11: Martha Cook
Perspectives Pottery Workshop with Naoki Izumi
Saturday, August 26 & Sunday, August 27
10 AM - 5 PM
Fee $165, includes lunch both days
This two-day demonstration/workshop is a once in a life-time opportunity to learn from Naoki Izumi about the methods and secrets of Echizen pottery, one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan.Naoki Izumi began to question his occupation as a businessman in Tokyo during the troubling economy of the late 1980s. Contemplating alternative professions, Izumi began researching ceramic communities in hopes of turning his one-time hobby into a new full-time career. This is what brought him to Echizen. Once there, he began a five-year apprenticeship under master potter, Furukawa. During this time, Izumi spent his days making his mentor’s work but devoted his evenings to perfecting and producing his own line of work. This new lifestyle satiated his artistic desire and his fascination with wood-fire techniques. Izumi was attracted to Echizen’s strong ceramic community and most importantly to its tradition of yakishime, (high-fired unglazed pottery). After completing his apprenticeship, Izumi built the first of many traditional anagama kilns.
Izumi devotes great time planning the loading and firing of his kiln. Believing that, “Eighty percent of (the firing) success depends upon the placement of pots in the kiln.” He feels there is a careful balance between the number of pots in the kiln and the ash deposits on the surfaces of each pot. He believes that if too many pots are loaded into the kiln, the surface coloration of each piece will suffer. When stacked appropriately, the pots will exhibit his desired attribute of nuke (an area on a wood-fired pot that is partially shielded from the effects of direct ash deposits). This light ash-colored deposited on each piece contrasts nicely with other areas of heavy ash buildup.
Izumi’s approach to producing art coincides with his awareness of SuHaRi, (often referenced in martial arts). This concept instructs a student to first master the discipline, then to break from the discipline, and finally to transcend the discipline. Regarding this, Izumi has dedicated much time to learn the techniques of old Echizen ware; having mastered those skills, he is now reinterpreting traditions. Izumi looks forward to the final stage of Ri.
Register online for the 2017 Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational Workshop, or call 706-769-4565
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 volunteers will be able to shop and receive a 30% discount on all pottery in Rocket Hall. (Pottery in the OCAF Galleries will not be discounted).
Volunteer opportunities will be posted soon for Perspectives 2017
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.