Georgia Pottery Invitational

Aug. 23- Sept. 8, 2024

Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF)
Watkinsville, GA

by Martha Cook

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OCAF to Host 21st Annual Pottery Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational

Watkinsville, GA Forty-eight of the top potters from across Georgia will display their work during Pottery Perspectives 2023, a huge exhibition and sale on view in the Oconee Cultural Art Foundation’s (OCAF) 1902 building. The event opens with our Preview night on Friday, August 25 (see below) and continues from August 26 through September 10, 2023, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Pottery Perspectives 2023 is the 21st annual event that has lured collectors, art patrons and hundreds of others who simply love beautiful functional pottery.

Upwards of 4,000 pieces of pottery created by some of the most gifted ceramic artists in Georgia will be for sale.

Selections by Sandy Culp

On view in the Hall Gallery will be selections by Sandy Culp. Culp is a naturalist sculptor who loves to show the relationship between women and nature, sometimes surrealistically. Her forté is trompe l’oeil, and she finds it exhilarating to create a sculpture that not only “fools the eye” but may be surprisingly functional. Each piece, after endless research, is meticulously hand done using sculpting and carving techniques to be truly unique and individual even within a common theme of her repertoire.

Workshop: Inspirations: Texture, Form, and Function: Explorations in Wheel, Handbuilding, and Surface Decoration with Martha Cook

On Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27, well-known potter Martha Cook will provide a demonstration only workshop entitled “Inspirations: Texture, Form, and Function, Explorations in Wheel, Handbuilding, and Surface Decoration.” Martha will demonstrate mugs, bowls, vases, pitchers and more using both wheel and handbuilding techniques. She will share her inspirations and ideas while demonstrating a variety of surface decorations such as slip applications, stamps, mishima, kohiki, and texture.. The workshop is $175 for OCAF members, and $225 for non-members.


Preview Night

OCAF will host a Preview Night for the event on Friday, August 25, from 5 until 8 p.m. The cost is $20 per person at the door. During this event, shoppers will have the first opportunity to make their purchases before the sale is open to the public.

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed for the event, and volunteers who work at least 10 hours will receive a discount on the items at the end of the exhibition.

More Information

For more information, visit the organization’s web site at www.ocaf.com or call 706-769-4565. The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation is located at 34 School Street in Watkinsville, Georgia.

Attention Teachers!

Field Trips are available. Please call the OCAF office at (706) 769-4565 to make an appointment. (Note: Backpacks are not allowed in the galleries.)


The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc. (OCAF) promotes cultural arts and artists and provides art education to the citizens of Oconee County and the northeast Georgia area. Established in 1994 to enrich lives and help build a vibrant community through the arts, OCAF maintains a vision to inspire creativity, learning, and personal growth through visual arts exhibitions, art education, cultural events, and community collaborations. OCAF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity.


Potter Submissions are closed for 2023.

Submissions will be accepted for 2024 beginning August 1, 2023.

Application for the 2024 Perspectives NOW OPEN

2023 Perspectives Artists

Aurora Alva
Cindy Angliss
Meredith Bradley
Lori Breedlove
Joe Callaway
Mindy Chaffin
Jerry & Kathy Chappelle
Triny Cline
Martha Cook
Sandy Culp
Glenn Dair
Alicia Bailey David
Sophie Goode
Kathryne Gould
Nancy Green
Barry Gregg
Matt Henderson
Sheryl Holstein
Abbey Hull
Shawn Ireland
Tammy Josephson
Michael Klapthor
Suzanne Kleese-Stamps
Wiliam Langford
Sean Mclendon
Esther Mech
Nancy Mehrpad
David Morgan
Kathy Murphy
Kate Pak
Yesha Panchal
Kathy Phelps
Geoff Pickett
Sarah Piper
Adrina Richard
John Roberts
Lora Rust
DeWitt Smith
Andrea Stocker
Rebekah Strickland
Timothy Sullivan
Rob Sutherland
Douglas Tobin
Ginger Vento
Tripti Yoganathan
Minsoo Yuh