FLORENCE -- The Francis Marion University Art Gallery Series presents ceramics by FMU professor of art (ceramics), Doug Gray, from March 2-26 in the Hyman Fine Arts Center Art Gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, from 1-5 p.m.
Gray’s “Forms of Service, Forms of Containment" consists primarily of functional pottery, reflecting one of the essentials in, and a driving philosophy in, Gray’s work in clay.
“Art and life are most gratifying when experienced together,” Gray says. “My earliest training in ceramics was based in the tradition of utilitarian objects. I still enjoy making functional items that are used, repeatedly held in the hand, becoming as familiar to the finger tips as they are do to the eye.”
Through the simple forms of service and containment, Gray says he tries to incorporate art into life much in the same manner that he tries to incorporate living into art.
“These pieces, by themselves, are incomplete and will not become complete until they become useful, holding items and being held.”