Monday, June 17, 2013

New Art

We love to surround ourselves with North Carolina pottery.  And one of our favorite potters is Rodney Leftwich.  He is a wonderful man and skilled artisan.  You can find more about him here.
He is a member of the prestigious Southern Highland Craft Guild and his work is displayed and sold at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville.  He and his wife also display at various art shows.  Twice a year the Leftwich's open their studio for sales.
Rodney's talent is very diverse and each piece is unique.  During our last visit I found this vase and fell in love with it.  The cornstalks are not painted on.  Rather, this piece used crystalline glaze with a cameo technique (much like Wedgewood).  I love the rich earth tones.

I continue to be amazed at the tremendous skill and talent of the artisans who live among us.  We are fortunate indeed.


The Bug said...

That's lovely! We have some nice NC pottery too (some of it by my cousin & her husband - they run Hog Hill Pottery in Vale NC).

My grandmother had a flirtation with Berlin Craig - he was famous for those face jugs. She had a couple, but she kept the faces turned toward the wall - ha!

Ms. A said...

Very nice selection, I like it!

KGMom said...

GORGEOUS--I love that vase. No wonder you fell in love withit.

Arkansas Patti said...

You are in a pottery rich area. That is a lovely piece.

troutbirder said...

Wonderful art. It's alive and well along the Blue Ridge....:)

KB said...

You sure are lucky. That is a beautiful and special vase. Enjoy!

Barb said...

What a lovely piece - of course, red is my favorite color. It's very special to have art in your home made by local artisans. Enjoy.

NanaNor's said...

I took pottery for years in high school and college so appreciate the skill & beauty of this artist. Love the rich tones-I know you will cherish this piece for years to come. Whenever I watch shows on the Blue Ridge Mts. I always think of you.
Hope you have a great evening.
Hugs, Noreen

Karin said...

Very lovely - would fit right in at my place!

Taradharma said...

when i was visiting your neck of the woods i was very impressed at the art and artists. the pottery and the wooden bowls are particularly wonderful.

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NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Bug - many of today's face jugs are more whimsical to appeal to tourists. But the original ones were intended to be frightening. I'd have turned the face to the wall too.

Barb - We try to buy local art whenever we can.

Tara - We enjoy the bowls as well and have two of them made from burls.