Monday, September 12, 2011

So - an introduction please...

The Improv Girls Of Clay - Beginning in 2010, with a desire to have a teapot show together, potters Sue Grier, Patti Connor-Greene & Denise Woodward-Detrich unofficially began The Improv Girls Of Clay. They set out to meet periodically at each other’s studios to talk about teapots, clay techniques & an assortment of other topics. At one point during the first year, they decided to embark on a collaborative experiment with the exchange of the different parts of the teapot – spouts, bodies & lids. When they met next, with the experimental teapots in hand, the form discovery & process exploration they had achieved was noteworthy. As the rest of the year passed & the date for Conversations With Teapots approached, the artists were aware of a desire to keep working together on a ‘next’ pottery form - including some special twist such as the ‘parts exchange’ with the teapots. And so, The Improv Girls Of Clay officially came into formation. They are excited to be moving to this next form – vases, plus a collaborative aspect has already been identified. As artists, the collaborative projects within the show expectations have added a lively & creative twist to their studio time. See their initial three-person exhibit, Conversations With Teapots, at the Toe River Arts Council Gallery in Burnsville, NC from September 9, 2011 through October 8, 2011.

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