A series of blog posts to come will feature the Alabama Clay Conference of which my husband, Scott Bennett, was this year’s chairman.
The 27th annual Alabama Clay Conference kicked off this year with the Alabama Clay Market at Art Folk Gallery in Birmingham, Alabama. For the first time, ALCC 2012 hosted this week-long pottery and sculpture sale, offering the work of some of the state’s best ceramic artists. The Clay Market opened with a reception on Thursday evening, February 16. The market continued through Saturday, February 25th.
The event was very successful, with a large turn-out and higher-than-expected sales.
Held at Art Folk Gallery at the Young & Vann Building at 1731 First Avenue North, the Market brought together the work of approximately 30 Alabama ceramic artists, with styles ranging from folk to modern. Not to be confused with traditional street fairs or craft shows comprised of booths and elaborate displays, this was a frills-free market set-up with artist wares displayed on tables. Modeled after the original 50 Georgia Potters exhibit (a widely popular and very successful venture) the Alabama Clay Market exhibited the work of well-known Alabama potters and ceramic artists together and offered the public a wide-variety of choices and prices.
Exhibiting artists in the Market include Larry Allen, Margaret Barber, Dianne Benefield, Scott Bennett, Nada Boner, Susan Bowman, Ryan Carlson, Paveen Chunhaswasdikul, Becky Crisswell, Susan Freeman, Chris Greenman, Lynetter Hesser, Kevin Irwin, Kerry Kennedy, Janice Kluge, Steve Loucks, Jane Marshall, Bertice McPherson, Branan Mercer, Fran Nagy, Tena Payne, Guadalupe Robinson, David Self, Randy Shoults, Adam Snyder, Adam Sterrett, Ursula Vann, Marylin Wilson, and Tony Wright.