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Carnegie vessels show 3 perspectives in clay

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One of the many styles of earthenware on display at the Carnegie Arts Center. One of the many styles of earthenware on display at the Carnegie Arts Center.

Think of the term vessel, and what comes to mind? Something that can hold water, perhaps.   Kathryn Silvestri is the exhibits coordinator at Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur, who said their exhibit of pottery vessels goes beyond a simple pot.

Silvestri takes us on a tour, beginning with a work from Steve Loucks.  "He is an artist out of Wellington; he until recently was a professor at Jacksonville State University. His work is very organic," explained Silvestri.

"I think a lot of them echo fungus or fungi. To me they also look like sea creatures on the bottom of the ocean floor," she continued.

Objects are also incorporated, like cabinet knobs in the center of the flower.

Another artist takes his own unique approach. "Larry Percy is a professor at Troy University. His pieces deal with very organic, very Southwest influence. He also fires and refires and works with a lot of stains - not necessarily glazes but minerals," said Silvestri. 

A more traditional approach comes from a local artist. "Guadeloupe Robinson is from Mexico, originally, and she has lived in the Tennessee Valley area for about 25 years or so and has a studio at Lowe Mill. She has been a potter for many, many years. She initially started hand construction of her pots, coil construction or slab an mold construction and eventually she moved on to a potter's wheel", adds Silvestri.

These vibrant colors and textures may make you think that you're looking into rock, like a volcano. But this is actually molded clay. It's a very unusual piece, as are all the pieces at the Carnegie.

"It just shows the versatility of clay, because all of these pieces are made of the same thing," added Silvestri.

Three very different concepts of earthen vessels in Bobby's Bama.

Learn more about these and the complete vessel display at the Carnegie Arts Center (

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