Artist Statement: Tarheel Wandering refers to the physical wandering of a traveler as well as the more esoteric wandering of a native North Carolinian. As an artist, my pottery designs are inspired by the beauty of the state from mountains, piedmont, and coastal regions. My forms are an exploration of the forms made by my ancestors in the 1800s in Lincoln County, NC. A lifelong wanderer, I love the natural landscapes and gardens, animal wildlife, artist communities, and our Tarheel cities and small towns. Whether it is a day trip for hiking or a week at the beach, lunch along the Blue Ridge Parkway or a pimento cheese sandwich at the diner, water skiing on a lake or snow skiing on a slope, visiting museums downtown or enjoying a small town festival, North Carolina is home.
Raine’s process consists of throwing porcelain on the pottery wheel, painting the piece in black slip once it dries and then freehand drawing her designs on the pieces. She then carves out the background, leaving the design in black and the background in white, the color of the porcelain. This in an ancient decorating technique called sgraffito. The pieces are bisque fired and then fired in a reduction salt kiln to over 2,300 degrees. After cooling the three days, the kiln can be unloaded.
Join the gallery in welcoming Raine Middleton at the opening reception for Tarheel Wandering on Wednesday, June 7 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Fresh from showing at the Arts Council in Wilson, NC, Ginny brings her exhibition of abstract acrylics back to the beach. She has a keen eye and uses a limited palette adeptly, the result being a body of work with rich coloration and an architectural feel.
Although she graduated from East Carolina University with a major in art, Ginny didn’t start painting seriously until 2013 when she sat in on a workshop with North Carolina artist Sterling Edwards. “He really pushed me to develop my own voice, my own art,” she says. She also credits her design instructor at East Carolina, the late Warren Chamberlain. “With his help, I learned the importance of spontaneity and the value in limiting my palette. It keeps the work from becoming too busy.”