In 2012, the Delhom Service League invited Garth Clark to participate in a symposium called “Back to the Future of Traditional Pottery.” This event provided a much-needed opportunity for an exchange between two sides of a somewhat entrenched ceramic divide in our nation, with academics, artists, and critics on one hand and potters and pottery collectors on the other. Indeed, the event’s impact was so far reaching that in 2014 the Delhom held a second public discussion to debate the symposium’s influence. In Santa Fe on Sunday April 19, 2015 at 2pm the Museum of International Folk Art will hold a reunion and reprise of this paradigm-changing moment with Clark, potter Matt Jones whose confrontational dialogue with Clark sparked the conference and another participant from the groundbreaking conference, North Carolina’s star potter Mark Hewitt. The event is free to New Mexico residents.
The discussion is part of the support program for an exhibition that will also be on view Pottery in the U.S. South: A Living Tradition in the Bartlett Gallery, through January 3, 2016. The exhibition presents traditional stoneware from North Carolina and northern Georgia—current works characterized by earthy local clays and surprising effects of wood firing. Rooted in British and German ceramic traditions and once crucial to Southern agrarian life, Southern pottery today remains vital, a distinctive art form through which potters actively engage with their region in ways both old and new.
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