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The Horse: Passion and Fire Exhibit at The Village Potters Clay Center

A Jenny Buckner painting of a horse.
Jenny Buckner

The Village Potters Clay Center proudly presents a special exhibit, The Horse: Fire & Passion, celebrating the work of painter Jenny Buckner and ceramic artist Judi Harwood.

New oil paintings by Jenny Buckner and both horsehair ceramics and horse sculpture will be presented by Village Potter Judi Harwood. An opening reception will take place on Friday, September 14 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm at The Village Potters Clay Center, located at Riverview Station in Asheville’s River Arts District. The show, which opens in tandem with the FEI World Equestrian Games at Tryon, NC, will run through November 25, 2018.

As a child, Jenny Buckner was obsessed with horses, reading every book she could get her hands on. “Horses are majestic and graceful, full of personality”, she says, “To be able to paint them is a life-long dream for me. I feel so strongly about showing their strength and beauty”. Jenny Buckner is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, and an associate member of Oil Painters of America. Her work has received awards in regional and national juried shows, has been featured in several publications, and is in collections across the United States.

From as far back as she can remember, Judi Harwood has also been fascinated with horses, and how they can be so massively muscular, and yet so sensitive with humans. She strives to depict this balance of power and tenderness in her sculptural work, and sees that same balance of strength and grace in her horsehair creations. Judi Harwood is a founding member of The Village Potters, and she developed her understanding and appreciation for art, and in particular clay, while working at the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

Judi teaches classes in wheel and alternate firing, including horsehair, and serves as a Mentor in The Village Potters’ Advanced Ceramics Program. She is a member of The Southern Highland Craft Guild, and in addition to The Village Potters’ gallery, her work is available at Guild galleries, Biltmore Estate, and in private collections across the United States.

The Village Potters are Sarah Wells Rolland, Judi Harwood, Melanie Robertson, Lori Theriault, Christine Henry, and Julia Mann. They comprise a Collective of seasoned professional potters who share a commitment to inspire a passion for ceramic art and nurture creative exploration through education, experience, relationships, and community. The Village Potters includes three showrooms, a Teaching Center offering ongoing classes in wheel and hand building for adults, and an Advanced Studies Program built upon Independent Study and Mentoring. The Village Potters is an educational member of The Craft Guild of the Southern Highlands, and is an official distributor for Laguna Clays.

The Village Potters is located in Riverview Station, in Asheville’s historic River Arts District at 191 Lyman Street, #180.