By Example: NC Potters and Their Mentors
June 29th - August 26th
Green Hill Center for NC Art
200 North Davie St.
Greensboro, NC 27401
By Example presents the work of twenty younger NC ceramic artists who use color, texture and imagery in their work and examines the sources of the newer guard of NC clay makers. Guest curator Ronan Kyle Peterson has selected 20 artists who in turn have invited 20 mentors who have impacted their work and careers in a significant way. This exhibit will include both functional and sculptural ceramic works which will introduce viewers to the clay medium through new approaches to surface design, and innovative use of ancient techniques. Themes such as artistic borrowings from other media in contemporary craft and the importance of mentorship will also be explored.
Artist and mentor blurbs:
Jason Burnett on mentor, and Arrowmont Instructor, Tom Bartel:
“Tom Bartel was my ceramics undergraduate professor at Western Kentucky University. As an educator he taught me how to discover ideas and foster artistic growth. Active in his career exhibiting, curating, and instructing he’s exemplary in the ceramic field. Still developing my early career as an artist Tom Bartel inspires by example and continues to support me as a mentor as a friend.”
Tom Bartel on Jason Burnett:
"In 2004 Jason Burnett cut through the Western Kentucky University ceramics studio on his way to the graphic design lab and never left. His curiosities for clay and for the camaraderie of the ceramics community have afforded Jason an arena that he is empowered by. In turn, I have seen Jason’s curiosity transform into a passion that makes the whole ceramics community a better place and whom I am proud to have mentored knowing that Jason is capable of anything. Not because of “what I taught him,” but rather by inviting him to think for himself."