Gifts from the Earth: Ceramic Artists from Stephen Procter's Studio

Group shot of ceramics on display at Through the Music

Front row, l to r: Martina Lantin, Stephen Procter, Teta Hilsdon, Willie Finkel -- Middle row, l to r: Lucinda Alcorn, Robby Feinberg, Monica Hastings -- Back row, l to r: Teta Hilsdon, Stephen Procter, Chuck DeWolfe

Through the Music Gallery & Studio, at the corner of Main and Elliot in Brattleboro, presents "Gifts from the Earth: Ceramic Artists from Stephen Procter's Studio" on December 2-28, 2011. The show opens with a reception during Gallery Walk on December 2 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Procter, best known for his monumental garden vessels, shares his Cotton Mill studio with eight other ceramic artists. For this show, "Gifts from the Earth," he and seven of them are displaying a dazzling variety of decorative and functional work in clay: Teta Hilsdon has a large local following developed over thirty years of selling intricately carved mugs, bowls, and plates in galleries and craft fairs across New England.... Chuck DeWolfe has worked, taught, and shown at major pottery centers such as Penland School of Crafts, Portland College of Art, and the Archie Bray Foundation.... Robby Feinberg has worked with clay for three decades and makes sturdy, functional ware in the country potter tradition.... Monica Hastings brings a finely honed sense of line and balance to her elegant forms, as well as a whimsical sense of the unexpected.... Martina Lantin, professor of ceramics at Marlboro College, makes sensuous tableware with complex and often playful surfaces that are decidedly contemporary while evoking the past.... Lucinda Alcorn makes hand-built and thrown vessels that explore the range of clay's tactile qualities.... Willie Finkel is known for the precision of his delicate forms and daring glaze combinations.... Stephen Procter is showing a few of his large vessels alongside tableware, vases, and other small vessels made especially for the gift-giving season. (Visit Stephen Procter's studio online at www.stephenprocter.com.)

"I love the way a pot marries earth and spirit," said Procter, "and this show demonstrates the enormous range of possible results. The variety of approaches, temperaments, and backgrounds represented here is really remarkable. I feel so lucky to be able to share my studio with this bunch of people. And now this show is a welcome opportunity for us to present ourselves to the public as an informal group."

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