Haywood Community College announces HCC Clay in Retrospect- an exhibition featuring the work of 20 ceramic artists from HCC’s 46 years of clay programming. These artists represent the rich history of craftspeople who have studied ceramics at HCC. Gary Clontz founded the college’s clay program in 1974 and together with his colleagues, expanded the program now known as Professional Crafts, to include areas of study in Fiber, Jewelry and Wood. Now in its 44th year, Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Program is the only one of its kind in the country.
“The individuality in the work of these artists is a testament to the [Professional Crafts Clay] program. No two artists’ work are alike,” says Gary Clontz of the artwork in HCC Clay in Retrospect. Emily Reason is the current Clay Instructor and adds: “These artists are demonstrating the lasting impact education can have and creative diversity that can be expressed through the ceramic medium. The devotion and passion these artists have for their craft is what we strive to instill in our students. ”
Platter by Leah Leitson, Class of 1980
HCC Clay in Retrospect runs now through April 22, 2020 and is located on the 2nd floor of the Creative Arts Building on the HCC campus (185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde NC, 28721). The public is invited to a closing reception Wednesday April 22, 4-6pm with a Gallery Talk beginning at 4:30.
For more information, contact Emily Reason by phone at 828-627-4671 or by email at email@example.com.