High Tea exhibition set for May

KAMLOOPS - Exhibition alert: High Tea, presented by the Thompson Valley Potters Guild May 7 to 30. 

The Thompson Valley Potters Guild is a non-profit community arts group dedicated to fostering excellence in pottery in the Kamloops area. They celebrate the unique works of local artisans, promoting craftsmanship in the exploration of functional and sculptural clay works. 

The guild was created in October 1969 with only seven members. Now, 45 years later, there are 20 members who meet monthly to talk about the many aspects of pottery. Members use a variety of clay - stoneware, porcelain, and earthenware to produce functional and one-of-a-kind pieces. They also use many different firing techniques - electric, gas, raku, salt, wood fire, and crystalline. Together, this unique group of talented individuals will come together to showcase their third group exhibition, High Tea. 

This collective art show will be on display from Thursday, May 7, to Saturday, May 30. The Kamloops Arts Council's Main Gallery is open five days a week, Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays until 4 p.m. Admission is by donation. An opening reception will be hosted on Saturday, May 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

"Making a perfect teapot is often the pinnacle of a potter's craftsmanship. Will it pour right? Does the lid stay on when you tip it? When you hold the handle does it balance? Teapots have such character and history and the crafting possibilities are infinite. For High Tea, members of the Thompson Valley Potters Guild will showcase sculptures in each their own unique style and taste in an exhibition worthy of the Mad Hatter. With each sculpture High Tea will show the viewer individual interpretations of those words and represent those ideas in functional and non-functional ways,” Amanda Eccleston, nominee for the Mayor's Gala for the Arts' Emerging Artist Award in 2013, says about the guild's exhibition.

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