After nearly five months of calm and quiet, the Dave Drake Studio Barn and the terrace at The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts were abuzz on Friday and Saturday.
The Bascom was temporarily closed to the public due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and has been operating its retail shop only for the past several weeks. That changed when the annual Summer Pottery Show threw the doors open to art enthusiasts and collectors.
“The general reception from everyone who attended was positive,” said Frank Vickery, Director of Ceramics at The Bascom. “We took steps to help with safety, sanitation, and directional foot traffic and people respected that and followed the rules. People were laughing, shopping and having a good time. They also bought pots!”
Along with the one-way path through the exhibition area, the entire show was held outside, there was hand sanitizer available and both the potters and guests wore face coverings per CDC guidelines.
In its 9th year, the annual summer pottery show was scaled back in 2020. The traditional four-day event was cut to two days with guests being welcomed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
“The show this year was a success, given the current circumstances, but not as big as years past,” Vickery said. “The turnout was steady and I would say comparable to prior years, but again, it was only two days.”
The annual pottery sale is a chance for the community to see work from talented open studio members and take home a beautiful piece of pottery. For more information on the ceramics program at The Bascom, call 828-526-4949.