On November 6th, Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville, North Carolina presents three new exhibitions featuring two of the finest ceramic artists in the country and and a group exhibition of fine art jewelry from around the country. The featured exhibition is "Salt of the Earth... Ceramics by Kyle Carpenter" and the showcase exhibition is "Decompression... Ceramics by Tzadi Turrou". Additionally, their online exhibition is "A Significant Gift...A Group Exhibition of Fine Art Jewelry."
Kyle’s most recent work involves highly decorated surfaces with hand painted imagery on classic utilitarian pottery forms. For this exhibition, Kyle will include some new porcelain forms, unseen by the general public before now. Kyle’s body of work is always changing, though subtle, as he continues to challenge himself within the medium of ceramic arts. Kyle’s surface illustrations focus on a botanical theme, including specific and abstract grasses. He uses this imagery in a very deliberate manner, always relating it to the design of the pot itself. The balance of a well-formed pot and nice hand painted illustration is what Kyle searches for in his work. Kyle has been a studio potter for the past nine years. “Making pots daily offers an understanding of the development of my work and a never-ending quest for new ideas.”
Tzadi Turrou designs and crafts colorful tiles from small decorative tiles to larger architectural pieces. She has developed her formula for a black wax resist line of tiles crucial to her “cuerda seca” technique. The glazed "cuerda seca" technique involves silk screening and wax-resist lines on the already-fired clay. Tzadi became interested in the arts while attending the American College in Paris. When she returned to the United States, she entered an intense study of ceramics in Massachusetts. She later moved to Colorado to continue her studies and then moved on to Arizona where she was involved in organizing demonstrations of raku and wheel-throwing clay to the public. This is where she became interested in tiles and discovered the “cuerda seca” technique.
Because they know how much their customers enjoy buying and building collections of high quality studio crafts for themselves CLG wants to make it easy to share that experience during the holidays. With this in mind, Crimson Laurel Gallery has invited Deb Karash to curate an exhibition of studio jewelry. She has chosen some of her favorite jewelers from across the country to exhibit for the first time at Crimson Laurel Gallery. One can look forward to seeing jewelry that is elegant, avant garde, playful, and charming. There will everything from river rocks to diamonds. Each unique gift will arrive beautifully wrapped and will include an artist statement and gift card. Crimson Laurel Gallery will ship each gift to its fortunate recipient in time for Christmas when ordered by December 15. The Significant Gift, a new tradition at Crimson Laurel Gallery.
These exhibitions will open on November 6 and remain through the end of the year. Join CLG for an artist's reception on November 6 at 6pm. Each exhibition will be available online on November 6. For more information call 828-688-3599 or online at www.crimsonlaurelgallery.com.