Come join Pottery 51 this Friday night (12/7) for the first of many Open Houses. That’s right, Pottery 51 will open its doors the first Friday of every month to welcome visitors to view and celebrate this vibrant pottery community’s art work and workshop.
The reception will be held from 6:30 to 9 pm in Pottery 51’s new storefront within The Lofts at 7714, located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. You can meet the potters, enjoy light refreshments and see the transformation of this section of the former mill building into a creative workshop.
The monthly Open Houses will also feature the work of specific artists. For this December Open House, the work of local potters Max Mcleod and Rachel Hoover will be showcased.
About Max Mcleod
Max Mcleod developed his interest in collecting pottery while attending school for Architecture. He continued as an avid collector until enrolling himself and his son in a pottery class taught by another area artist, Kim Chapman. It was in this class that he first discovered the joy of working with clay and he hasn’t looked back. Max’s pieces are strongly influenced by nature. He combines many different clay bodies to create intricate patterns and color variations without the use of glaze. Some pieces even include clay from the artist’s own back yard. Not one to be limited, Max creates both functional and purely sculptural figurative works known as “mudders.” His painstaking attention to detail is an inspiration to the other potters at Pottery 51.
About Rachel Hoover
Rachel Hoover originally set out to study history, but like many before her, all it took was one class in ceramics to change her mind. Always her most content when she is working with her hands, pottery presents endless opportunities for exploration both in forms and glazes. Though she primarily focuses on functional pieces such as mugs and mixing bowls, where her heart truly lies is in whimsical figurative pieces such as the affectionately named “Fred” who greets visitors outside of Pottery 51’s front door. Rachel is also one of Pottery 51’s resident teachers and will be offering wheel and hand building classes starting in January.