Mark Hewitt will attend the public opening.
Mark Hewitt has been making distinctive functional pottery in North Carolina since 1983. Fusing what he learned in his native England as an apprentice under, Michael Cardew, with the ceramic traditions of the American South, and bending those aesthetics into an elegant contemporary style. Using local clays and glaze materials, Hewitt fires his pots in a large wood-burning kiln. Most recently, Hewitt's work reassesses aspects of industrial ceramics, the production of which is most familiar to him as his father and grandfather were directors of Spode, the fine china manufacturer. Hewitt was the 2014 Voulkos Fellow at the Archie Bray Institute in Helena, Montana, a finalist for the 2015 American Craft Council/Balvenie Rare Craft Award, a 2015 United States Artist (USA) Fellow, and is current President of the North Carolina Pottery Center, in Seagrove. His works are included in numerous museum collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
Jeffrey Hessing grew up in the United States and moved to the medieval village of Vence, France in 1980. The vivid landscapes and interiors of his work convey the intensity of the region's color and light, as well as the passionate way in which inhabitants of Provence savor every aspect of life. A student of American sculptor and printmaker Leonard Baskin, Hessing is strongly influenced by the Fauvist palette and their wildly expressive techniques. Hessing has exhibited extensively throughout France and travels regularly to experience and paint new landscapes. His work is included in the permanent collection of Boston Public Library, and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
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