FLORENCE – The Francis Marion University Art Gallery Series presents “Useful Pots: Thrown and Altered Works in Clay,” by Lori Leary.
The pottery will be exhibited Oct. 19-Nov. 24, in the Hyman Fine Arts Center gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public from Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Leary, a potter for eleven years, maintains a studio in Murrells Inlet. A graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in nursing, Leary has studied ceramic arts in Charleston at the Bethune Arts Center and at the Gibbes Museum Studio, at The Art Center in Norfolk, and at the University of California-San Diego Craft Center.
Leary is currently developing and teaching a clay program for adults and children through the Georgetown County Parks and Recreation Commission. She has taught in Charleston, San Diego, and most recently at Brookgreen Gardens. In 1998, Leary co-founded Arts by Fire, an organization for individuals whose interests, talents, or careers are focused on art produced with the use of fire. Her work may be found in private collections and in local galleries.
“Mastery of the scientific, technical and observational skills required for the creation of works in clay is an essential element of my work, as is the appreciation of works created in the past. My art is created by combining craftsmanship, knowledge, aesthetic vision, and the often capricious nature of the process and materials, as well as by acknowledging, respecting, and building upon work that has been done by past generations,” Leary said. “My intent is to create works that speak for themselves in unique, beautiful, and elegant voices.”