Of-Red-Earth

OF RED EARTH

Naomi Dalglish + Michael Hunt

Presenting material explorations by work and life partners Naomi Dalglish and Michael Hunt, this exhibition frames their functional ceramic forms as a process of investigation. Viewed as a group, the individual pieces are seen as a study of line, form, and surface. Their holistic practice draws on the material qualities of locally dug red earth and wood fired pottery, creating visually potent work.

EXHIBITION DATES
Originally scheduled for June 2020, Michael and Naomi’s exhibition has been rescheduled for May 25 – July 11, 2021. 

The artists imagined this exhibition as an in-person experience, and it is our goal to fulfill that vision once the COVID-19 storm has passed. We want to fully celebrate Michael and Naomi’s reverence for clay and passion for their chosen material. Please join us in 2021 for what will be an exceptional exhibition. 

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Our pots are made from the red earth that surrounds us in our mountains. Wet on the wheel, it expresses a luxuriant softness, and carving into its stiffened form reveals the coarse texture of the sand and pebbles it contains. The desire to investigate these qualities is often the drive behind the making of a series of pots. We find working in large series lends a sense of freedom to respond to the clay and forming process, and decoration develops from the movement of wet slip or the shapes of spaces left between pots. Individually, these pots can be held in your hand or hold food, but as a group they express the material explorations we conduct in our studio.

Michael and Naomi live and work in the mountains of western North Carolina. Using many local materials, they collaborate in making wood fired utilitarian pottery. They work together as full time potters, firing their kiln four times a year, and occasionally teaching workshops. Their pottery is named “Bandana Pottery” after the small community in which they live. They exhibit their work internationally.