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NEW EXHIBIT- "Kentucky Clay: A Continuing Tradition" at Kentucky Artisan Center

<p>Contact: Gwen Heffner &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;859-985-5448, ext. 230 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="http://gwen.heffner@ky.gov">&nbsp;gwen.heffner@ky.gov</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A new exhibit, “Kentucky Clay: A Continuing Tradition” opens Feb. 20, 2016, and will be on display through June 30, 2016, in the lobby of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. This exhibit showcases and explains how the wealth of clay deposits all across Kentucky gave rise to an abundance of potters, ceramic industries and clay traditions.&nbsp;</p> <p>Beginning with the origins of clay and early objects made from clay, the exhibit shows the development of tools and processes used in ceramics. Through text, photos and objects, the scope of Kentucky ceramics is covered from early Native American pottery shards, to today’s contemporary ceramic works.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> Of particular interest is the complex history of the potteries in Madison County, Kentucky, including the many potteries established at Waco and Bybee, KY. The continuing histories of Louisville’s Hadley Pottery and the Louisville Stoneware Company are also detailed. Examples of early stoneware jugs and vessels from the mid-1800s and early 1900s, and an array of ceramic wares being produced by these potteries today add to the visual display.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>This exhibit also explains how mechanized ceramics during the Industrial Revolution evolved into the establishment of individual ceramic artists and studios. Beginning in the 1960s, Kentucky’s colleges and universities, led by strong practicing ceramic teachers, began to teach Kentucky’s talented ceramic students. These institutions continue to shape Kentucky’s clay artists via classes, workshops and ceramic organizations.</p> <p>Today Kentucky’s potters, sculptors and ceramic artists create a wide range of functional tableware, ceramic sculpture, tiles and decorative works, many of which can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea and at shops and galleries throughout the state.</p> <p>The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea, Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.&nbsp;</p> <p>The center currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. For more information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center">www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center</a> or go to the center’s website at <a href="http://www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov">www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.</a></p> <p>The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.</p>

Photos: Pottery Jug by Waco potters John Parker Grinstead and Matthew D. Grinstead circa  1840 and preserve jar by Phillip A. Huffman circa 1850

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