The art of clay comes to life at the Rock­mart Art Gallery

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A new ex­hibit is now up and run­ning at the Rock­mart Art Gallery in the city hall com­plex, and fo­cuses on a ma­te­rial that can be just as much a beau­ti­ful piece of sculp­ture as it is a function item for ev­ery­day life.

Start­ing this month, the NWGA Clay Art Ex­hibit in Rock­mart will con­tinue through the end of Au­gust at the gallery within the city hall com­plex on North Pied­mont Av­enue. Or­ga­niz­ers said in a re­lease that the event cov­ers all kinds of styles from artists around the area.

“When or­ga­niz­ing NWGA Clay Art Ex­hibit, our in­tent was to present an ex­hi­bi­tion of ce­ramic works high­light­ing clay artists liv­ing and work­ing in North­west Ge­or­gia,” the re­lease stated. “NWGA Clay Art Ex­hibit in­cludes a to­tal of 15 clay artists works on dis­play rang­ing from tra­di­tional South­ern pot­tery to con­tem­po­rary ce­ramic sculp­ture.”

The re­lease stated the goal was to present a re­gional ex­hi­bi­tion, and once the par­tic­i­pants were se­lected or­ga­niz­ers no­ticed more than just geo­graph­i­cal area as the thread that con­nected this group of artists.

“Academia and tra­di­tion are two threads that run through these artists’ lives,” the re­lease stated. “From col­lege pro­fes­sors to pri­vate in­struc­tors, many par­tic­i­pants in this ex­hi­bi­tion teach their craft to stu­dents of all ages through­out north­west Ge­or­gia.”

“While most par­tic­i­pants are aca­dem­i­cally trained, some artists re­ceived their train­ing through ap­pren­tice­ship,” it con­tin­ued. “Pos­si­bly the most tra­di­tional way to learn the ce­ramic process, their work is steeped in South­ern tra­di­tion, con­sist­ing mostly of face jugs.”

Through­out the new ex­hi­bi­tion at the gallery, or­ga­niz­ers said their in­tent was to maintain a bal­ance be­tween academia and tra­di­tion.

“That in­fuses NWGA Clay Art Ex­hibit with a wide range of works and in­spi­ra­tions,” the re­lease stated.

For clay sculp­tors and lovers alike, the ma­te­rial is syn­ony­mous with com­mu­nity. So it’s no sur­prise that another thread that sur­faced while as­sem­bling these artists is a de­sire to serve lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“Many artists par­tic­i­pate and/or or­ga­nize an Empty Bowls (an in­ter­na­tional project to fight hunger, im­ple­mented on a com­mu­nity level) event in their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties. Some artists vol­un­teer and in­struct at com­mu­nity cen­ters.” the re­lease stated. “One artist has even cre­ated work that high­lights a well-known Polk County na­tive and the his­tory of Rock­mart.”

Over­all, this ex­hi­bi­tion goes be­yond a sur­vey of re­gional clay work and brings to­gether an eclec­tic group of artists and works that will give view­ers a glimpse into the work be­ing pro­duced in north­west Ge­or­gia to­day.

The NWGA Clay Art Ex­hibit is open to the pub­lic and can be viewed Wed­nes­days through Saturdays dur­ing gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointmen­t through Au­gust 30.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend the Meet the Artists Re­cep­tion be­ing held this Sun­day, July 28 be­tween 1 and 3 p.m.


This Nick Chubb face jug and Rock­mart miner are ex­am­ples of the south­ern style of clay work on dis­play at the Rock­mart Art Gallery through the end of Au­gust.


Ju­lia Traw­ick Knight’s “Pitcher” clay sculp­ture is just one of many on dis­play at the Rock­mart Art Gallery’s NWGA Clay Artists Ex­hibit.

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