27 March 2019
River Oaks presents the
5th Annual Dirty South Cup Call
It all started five years ago with an idea and a few good mugs. How much creativity could be sparked if artists were to focus on one central theme - cups in all their inceptions, such as mugs, bourbon bowls, basically any and all forms of drinking vessels. Out of this idea the Annual Dirty South Cup Call emerged - and over the last five years it has brought hundreds of functional and non-functional ceramic pieces to River Oaks. And with it thousands of visitors, tons of renowned ceramicists along with creativity and craftsmanship beyond imagination.
“River Oaks has become a name amongst nationally acclaimed ceramicists,” says Rachael Dauzat, Executive Director at River Oaks. “We ask for creativity, experimentation and imagination and the arts community never disappoints. We get cups from within the state and clear across the country - you could say that we have made this our ‘cup of tea’ show.” Cups for the juried show as well as the accompanying ‘Cupful’ exhibition that features select Friends of the Juror have started arriving at River Oaks in time for the April 12th Exhibit Opening Reception. Approximately 100 cups and drinking vessels will be featured between the two exhibitions in three galleries.
The guest juror for this 5th Annual Event is renowned presenter, instructor and master potter, Doug Peltzman, who is currently based out of Shokan, New York. His overarching goal as a maker is to craft ceramic objects that tell a story and serve as a conduit for conversation, interaction, and celebration. He creates utilitarian objects to bring focus to the intimate intersection between art and life. "I have always let my daily observations find their way into my work,” says Peltzman. “I break things down to their essence and make abstract references of things that inspire me."
Featured Friends of the Juror are: Ian Meares, Jodie Masterman, Michael Kline, Kyle Carpenter, Melissa Weiss, Ron Philbeck, Matthew Zorn, Sunshine Cobb, Deb Schwartzkopf, Mike Cerv, Sam Chung, Jessi Maddocks, Osa Atoe, Lindsay Oesterritter, Kip O’Krongly, Emily Schroeder Willis, Jen Allen, Dehmie Dehmlow, Ian Park, Blair Clemo, Shawn Spangler, Bryan Hopkins, Gwendolyn Yoppolo, Haakon Lenzi, Renee LoPresti, Ryan Greenheck, and 28A Clay (Harry Kundhardt and Meredith Nichols).
Peltzman will also be on hand for a special workshop at River Oaks entitled ‘Inviting Form and Dynamic Surface.’ A workshop fit for beginner to experienced makers, the focus will be in the designing, making, and finishing of high fire porcelain tableware in an electric kiln. The relationship between form and surface decoration will be explored through practice, demonstration and discussion. Doug will share his techniques on incising and inlaying slip into leather hard clay and bisque fired clay, sharing his ideas and strategies about engineering pots specifically for runny translucent glazes. This class will provide the tools and techniques necessary to explore texture, line, and color as a way to blend your ideas and concepts with tactile discovery. The workshop is scheduled for April 10 and 11, 10:30 - 4:00.
“Essentially, I aim to produce well-crafted functional objects that provide lasting experiences and moments of pause in day-to-day life,” continues Peltzman. He is also a founding member of Objective Clay, his pottery has been featured in many publications and can be found in homes and kitchens across the country.
Aubrey Bolen, Artistic Director at River Oaks and the receiving agent of these cup shipments, stated that entries for this year’s show have arrived from New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Colorado, Minnesota, and all across the south however the farthest entry is from Chico, California, over 1,700 miles away.
The Opening Reception on April 12 will take place from 5-8 pm with a 6:30 pm Awards Presentation along with Guest Juror Remarks. Exhibition dates are April 5-May 25. The event is sponsored by GAEDA, Ugly Mug Marketing, Robert & Liz Ratcliff, and Alexandria Pediatric Dentistry. For more information, please call River Oaks at 318-473-2670, visit us on the web and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.