Potters Guild Invitational
The collection ranges in skill level from beginner to advanced, and there is no overarching theme with participants. Instead, the artists were given the freedom to express themselves traditionally or abstract with their functional and sculptural pieces.
While the show is an open exhibit with pieces from artists in the community, many of the exhibiting artists are Broward College students from the ceramics classes within the Visual & Performing Arts program. When a student takes a ceramics class, they become part of the Potters Guild led by president Sal Summo. Once they join this community of artists, students can work in a shared studio space and build camaraderie with other artists to hone their skills. Artists who work in the creative environment end up exchanging ideas and techniques, which can lead to fantastic results.
“The unique thing about the organization is people in this guild share,” Summo said.
“You would think they wouldn’t because they have a certain way of doing things they want to keep to themselves, but not at all. We have our structure and voice when we are making art. Then you have new students come in, and we learn from them as well.”
Summo is always impressed by the results. While the pieces look on
e way in the studio, he feels that the work really shines when given the professional treatment in a true gallery space.
“It’s a great opportunity for these artists because a lot of times it’s their first time being featured in a gallery,” he added.
Each year the organization welcomes a new judge, who can bring a fresh flavor and different point-of-view. Parameters for judging take into account glazing, overall design, completeness and other elements.
This year, Susan Banks was given the arduous task of selecting the winners as guest juror. The retired senior associate professor at the New World School of the Arts brings 30 years of practice working with ceramics and experience exhibiting her personal pieces nationally.
The show had its opening reception on June 30 where the winners were recognized. Best in Show went to Jane Levy for Twins. Susan Maguire took first place for Petrified: Clay & Wood, Andrea Tubin secured second place with Vines, and Stephanie Hubbard’s Stormy was third.
“I really enjoy having this exhibit because I think it really showcases what we do here,” Angelica Clyman, gallery director, said.
The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery is located at 3501 SW Davie Rd Building 6, Davie, FL 33314 and is free and open to public. Gallery hours are Monday –Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., or by appointment.
For more information please contact Angelica Clyman, Gallery Director, via phone (954-201-6984) or email (email@example.com).