Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) presents the 16th annual “Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational,” the longest running all-pottery event in the state.
The award-winning event, which runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 16, showcases the works of 50 respected Georgia potters, exemplifies the finest pottery being produced in the state today, and will be the largest show of its kind in the south as it features approximately 7,000 pieces of contemporary functional and decorative pottery for sale. It has earned the distinction as a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society for the fourth consecutive year.
Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational is an annual event organized by OCAF volunteers with a mission to recognize and promote quality utilitarian pottery produced by respected Georgia potters and promote pottery as a craft and art form.
The opening gala reception and preview sale took place Friday, Aug. 31, where the first to purchase the pottery and view this year’s three exhibitions also met the artists, enjoyed food and listened to live music.
The main gallery exhibition, “Participating Potters: 2018,” will feature two of the best works from each of the 50 selected potters, as well as one piece from their personal collections.
The members’ gallery exhibition, “A New Direction,” features the pottery of Athens artist Jennifer Graff and highlights the nuances communicated by human facial features and expressions
The hall gallery exhibition, “Yes, it is Clay,” features the work of Atlanta artist and former dentist Keok Lim, who began making pottery and sculpture ten years ago while homeschooling her autistic son.
The pottery sale runs Sept. 1 through Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Fridays, Sept. 7 and 14.
In addition to the pottery sale, Perspectives also hosts numerous other activities during the three-week event, such as pottery demonstrations each Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. and gallery talks by well-known artist Michael Pitts, Sept. 2, 9 and 16 at 1 p.m.
The exhibition is located at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF), 34 School Street, Watkinsville, GA 30677, about nine miles south of Athens.
Admission to and parking for the pottery sale are free, and tour buses are welcome. For more information, visit www.ocaf.com