The exhibit will focus on wood fired pottery of the coastal area in conjunction with this year’s Alabama Clay Conference (located in Gulf Shores). In particular, those ceramic artists associated with the Eastern Shore Art Center and the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society. The exhibit will also feature a 12 to 15 pieces by Mr. Masayoshi Shimizu, the Japanese artist that visited, worked and exhibited earlier this year in Florida.
Masayoshi Shimizu is from Iwade City, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. He studied under Mr. Kaoru Tachibana, a ceramic artist in Wakayama from 1973 to 1999. In 1995 Mr. Shimizu opened Negoro Ichijo Kiln Studio and built a Noborigama kiln in Wakayama.
In January and February of 2019 Mr. Shimizu was a guest of Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society in Navarre, Florida. His schedule of activities included workshops and an exhibition of his exquisite pottery at Anna Lamar Switzer Center for the Visual Arts at Pensacola State College.
Participating Coastal Artists:
“This exhibit represents the culmination of my nearly three year journey of studying and painting flowers in an interior with windows. I chose this subject after seeing a beautiful flower arrangement in front of a window in an art gallery. The scene was my inspiration for this series of painting about color and light. Art is and has always been such an integral part of my life and gives me so much joy that my hope is that the viewers will see my love of color and light and feel joyful and happy while looking.”
Turner’s outsider art is almost exclusively made from driftwood, reclaimed wood and found objects. The artist was initially inspired by local artists Bruce Larsen and Lawrence Trotter and has no formal training. “Although most of my work is coastal oriented, myths and legends are used as a creative base for many pieces.”
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