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The “Whimsical Pottery” of Ruth Bass will be on display at the Kirby Gallery of the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex in Roxboro beginning Friday, Aug. 10.
The exhibit will run through August with the reception 6-8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10.
“Working with clay is a journey that can take a lifetime to even begin to understand,” Bass says. “To take a lump of mud and transform it into a work of art appeals to my intellect as well as my creative mind. Inspired by the concept of Wabi-sabi, the aesthetic where beauty is found in things that are imperfect, I do not strive for perfection in my art. Instead I allow the clay to tell my hands where they need to go. My love is for things that are more than they seem. The creatures I make, speak to my heart and portray the essence of the animal or creature I am making. For that reason, my work is intentionally whimsical and playful as well is functional.”
Bass said her personal journey with clay began late in life after her children left the nest for college.
“My husband gave me my first clay class, I think in order to get me out of his hair,” Bass said. “Maybe that is why the surfaces I tend to use often have an aged patina.”
Bass teaches ceramic arts classes.
“After teaching school for over 35 years, I would love to share what I have learned about clay,” she said. “My only requirement is for my students to come with a playful nature and expect their journey to begin.”
If interested in beginning a personal journey, contact her through the Artisan’s Emporium or the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex,” or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kirby Cultural Arts Complex is located at 213 N. Main St., Roxboro. For more information, call 336- 597-1709 or visit the website at www.kirbytheater.com. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The pottery exhibit by Bass is presented by the Person County Recreation, Arts and Parks Department, Person County Arts Council and Piedmont Community College.