Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Available in the Museum Store
The Potter’s Eye: Art & Tradition in
Pottery North Carolina
Mark Hewitt & Nancy Sweezy
Hardcover, 296 pages
North Carolina stoneware pots--with their rich textures, monochromatic glazes, and minimal decoration--belong to one of 's most revered stoneware pottery traditions. In a lavishly illustrated celebration of that tradition, Mark Hewitt and Nancy Sweezy trace the history of America pottery from the nineteenth century to the present day. They demonstrate the intriguing historic and aesthetic relationships that link pots produced in North Carolina North Carolina to pottery traditions in Europe and Asia, in New England, and in the neighboring state of . South Carolina
With hundreds of color photographs highlighting the shapes and surfaces of carefully selected pots, The Potter's Eye honors the keen focus vernacular potters bring to their materials, tools, techniques, and history. It is an evocative guide for anyone interested in the art of
“I have great respect for Mark Hewitt and Nancy Sweezy. I deeply appreciate what they are doing, and that their writing is based on wide personal experience, profound insight, and wisdom.”
–Gerry Williams, Studio Potter Organization
About the Current Exhibitions:
Mark Hewitt: Big-Hearted PotsA ceramic artist who knows no boundaries, Mark Hewitt has for more than 25 years been producing ceramic pots of gargantuan beauty and size. Born in
In his 40 years as a craft artist, North Carolina-based Richard Ritter has steadily evolved his complex approach to glass vessels. Most widely lauded for his use of the murrini process, Ritter brings a contemporary sensibility to the ancient technique, created in
Hear North Carolina-based artists Mark Hewitt (potter) and Richard Ritter (glass) with collector Andrew Hayes discuss craft in the 21st Century, below.
CRAFT IN THE 21ST CENTURY with
MARK HEWITT, RICHARD RITTER and ANDREW HAYES
Moderator: Andrew Glasgow,
former executive director of the American Craft Council
and board member of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Wednesday, January 12
Why craft is important and distinct in this century
Collecting craft--a lifelong passion
The importance of North Carolina craft to the historical, as well as contemporary, craft world
Question & Answer session
Mark Hewitt: Big-Hearted Pots
A ceramic artist who knows no boundaries, Mark Hewitt has for more than 25 years been producing ceramic pots of gargantuan beauty and size. Born in England to a family with a history in the ceramic industry, Hewitt was drawn to a more naturalistic approach in his art, embracing clean lines and austere decoration, as well as the craft traditions of North Carolina, where he lives and works. About his pots, Hewitt says, " they break new ground while tipping their caps to the great jugs and jars from the potent pottery tradition of the South; and, while delightfully big-assed, they are also profoundly big-hearted."
Closes April 10, 2011
Check out Hewitt's website here.
Richard Ritter: A Life In Glass
In his 40 years as a craft artist, North Carolina-based Richard Ritter has steadily evolved his complex approach to glass vessels. Most widely lauded for his use of the murrini process, Ritter brings a contemporary sensibility to the ancient technique, created in Egypt and perfected in Italy, of creating glass rods with consistent cross-sections. The current exhibition is a career overview, tracing his trajectory from his early career in the midst of the American studio glass movement, through his career at Penland School of Crafts, to his most recent body of work, the Floral Core Series.
Closes mid-April 2011
Check out Ritter's website here.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Kathryn Gremley, Penland Gallery Director, and this year’s awards judge for the third annual invitational exhibition, Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort has selected First and Second prize winners as well as Honorable Mentions.
Cup 2 (2010)
Wheel-thrown and altered porcelain
Soda vapor fired, semi-matte copper glaze, flashing slip and underglaze brushwork
Brown is currently Associate Professor of Art at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. He has been part of the Nicholls family since 2003. He teaches all levels of Ceramics, Beginning Design, and Art Appreciation. Brown received his M.F.A. from Ohio University and his B.F.A. from University of Florida. Prior to graduate school Brown was an Artist‐In‐Residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN.
Brown works primarily with clay exploring both functional pottery and sculptural forms. Jeff also builds contemporary furniture and sculpture. His work has been exhibited in regional, national, and international exhibitions.
The exhibition will continue until January 2, 2011. The show includes functional cups from over 50 artists. Each invited artist has a Southern connection, based on where they choose to live, work or teach. The work in this exhibition is offered for sale.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Creative holiday shopping made easy at “The Art of Giving”
An Ogden Museum members-only shopping event, Friday Dec. 3rd
Open to the general public Weds. Dec. 4th – Mon. Dec. 6th
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Center for Southern Craft and Design will expand its boundaries for “The Art of Giving”: a museum members-only deluxe shopping evening event on Fri. Dec. 3. This special holiday art and craft showcase will be open to the general public Weds. Dec. 4 – Mon. Dec. 6. In addition to the museum’s first-floor retail space, the atrium and third floor will be filled with one-of-a kind pieces by more than 80 Southern artists.
• Gifts! Give a present with a sense of Southern style and place! Original art (photographs, prints), art glass, jewelry, ceramics, wood, metal, textiles, as well as books (fiction, nonfiction—even cookbooks) and CDs by Southern musicians will be available. Special items from Scriptura and Nadine Blake.
• Booksignings: Bryan Batt, She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother; Scott Barretta, Mississippi – State of Blues; Debra Shriver, Stealing Magnolias: Tales from a New Orleans Courtyard.
• Special Appearances! Rachel Therese DePauw (ceramic), Mark Derby (ceramic), Niki Fisk (jewelry), John Humphries (jewelry), and Tina Stanley (jewelry).
• Additional Savings! Because the Ogden is in a special cultural district, there is no sales tax on purchases of original art.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Greg Arceneaux: Louisiana Colonial, Acadian and Creole CollectionThe Center for Southern Craft & Design opened Arceneaux's exhibition last night during Ogden After Hours. The exhibition is located on the 5th floor of the museum. Visit the Museum and see Arceneaux's show for FREE until November 19th (limited to 25). Just say the secret password, Dumesnil. Period pieces from Dumesnil House, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana served as bases for the designs of both the Ursuline Table with Drawer and Rolling Pin Bed.
Design based on a period table from Smithville Plantation, near Palmetto, Louisiana
60” x 36” x 30” (3’x5’)
3’ x 5’ $3300.0042” x 7’ $3800.00
42” x 8’ $4300.00
Cane River Bench
Ash, (from the Natchitoches region)
48” x 11 ½” x 18”
Design based on a period table from Dumesnil House, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana
30” x 26” x 30”
Mahogany and leather
Design based on a period chair from Patout Cottage, New Orleans, Louisiana
21 ½” x 30” x 40”
Creole Arm Chair
Walnut and rush
Design based on a period chair from Chene Vert Plantation, Washington, Louisiana
22” x 18” x 40”
Design based on a Creole style cupboard used in Louisiana Colonial homes in the early 19th
25” x 13” x 69”
Goldleaf Cocktail Table
Design based on Creole style with hand carved bead on apron and legs, thirteen step finish process including hand-applied gold leaf
34” x 34” x 18”
La Louisiane Child’s Chair
Pecan and rush
Design based on traditional Canadian and Louisiana examples
24” x 42”
Rolling Pin Bed
Design based on High Post early 19th century piece from Dumesnil House, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana
82” x 62” x 84”
For more about Arceneaux, go to www.gregarceneaux.com.