Bob Brotherton: Humble Pots from a Gentle Man
Through July 6, 2019
You may have never heard about Bob Brotherton. Bob Brotherton worked as a studio potter in the mountains of Western North Carolina for over 40 years, was happiest in his studio or with his family, and lived a quiet, simple life. Bob was also a good friend and mentor to Sarah Wells Rolland, founder of The Village Potters Clay Center, having met 30 years ago while she was a student at Haywood Community College. It was through that friendship that he agreed to be our first instructor in our Master Series Workshops. He taught with humor and humbleness, but displayed a high bar of excellence and integrity in his work that inspired potters of all levels. When he passed away unexpectedly over a year ago, he was in the process of producing a kiln load of pots.
It is fitting and deeply meaningful that Sarah Wells Rolland is honoring her long friendship with Bob by seeing through this final load of work that has been transferred to The Village Potters Clay Center. The pots that he had glazed are being fired in our kilns, and Sarah is lovingly seeing the work that he had completed but not yet glazed through completion in our reduction and wood-ash kilns, in glazes and manners to compliment his known work. We are all truly humbled to be a part of this process, and to honor his legacy with this exhibit.
The exhibit and sale of his pots will run from May 11 – July 6, 2019, and proceeds will benefit both The Village Potters Clay Center Scholarship Fund and the Brotherton Family Fund.
TVPCC AT CLAY DAY!
Folk Art Center, Asheville
Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 10am-4pm
TVPCC Resident Potters Judi Harwood, Sarah Wells Rolland, and Melanie Robertson will be at the Southern Highland Craft Guild Clay Day on Saturday, June 8 at the Folk Art Center on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. Judi will be taking part in the annual Raku “Make and Take” event, and Sarah and Melanie will be in the demonstration area where they will be demonstrating Hand Building techniques and surface design, with some hands-on opportunities.
Clay Day features craft demonstrations and hands-on activities for children and adults. Clay Day has been a favorite happening at the Folk Art Center for over 20 years. Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and invited guests demonstrate throwing on the potter’s wheel, hand building, surface design on clay, among other techniques.
AMERICAN CRAFT WEEK AT TVPCC!
American Craft Week, October 4-13, celebrates Ten Years in 2019, and we are proud to participate with several exciting events!
Special Exhibit: Women of Influence – in this special exhibit, the six Resident Potters of The Village Potters Clay Center will create works showing the influences of women in their lives. This show will open just before American Craft Week, and will run through the end of the year – stay tuned for more info to come!
Saturday, October 5: Master Series Workshop with Cynthia Lee
Demonstration workshop by WNC artist Cynthia Lee, as a part of our Advanced Ceramics Program.
Saturday, October 12: Annual Multi-Kiln Opening Celebration
It’s our annual Open House, and we’ll have pots from ALL the kilns, new work from Resident Potters, demonstrations, give-aways, and more! Stay tuned for more info!!