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Sherrie Carris received her B.F.A. from the University of Texas, and her M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Iowa 1n 1972. Along with her husband Tom they have owned and operated Carris Pottery for over 30 years.Sherrie's floral pottery has been widely collected including a large carved porcelain planter in the TN governor's mansion. The State of TN bought one of her pieces to give to Patricia Neal. Artist in Residence Children's Museum of Oak Ridge
2,000 Years of Chinese Art Han Dynasty to the Present 2,000 Years of Chinese Art Han Dynasty to the Present
Frank H. McClung Museum
Through May 23. 2010
Sherrie's Blog
4-7-10

I have been looking forward to seeing the Frank H. McClung Museum exhibition, 2,000 Years of Chinese Art Han Dynasty to the Present and it was worth the trip. The curator and the exhibition staff did an outstanding job presenting the art work and explaining the art as well as the history of this fascinating country. I have looked at and studied Chinese Art, especially the pottery, for years and this really clear and useful.

One of the reasons I was so impressed with the information was the way pottery styles, clay, and technology was explained to a extent by the wars, invasions and cultural differences. An invasion could mean no white clay, no coal for kilns or materials, of the kilns were no longer available.

2,000 Years of Chinese Art Han Dynasty to the PresentNow to the art. I was surprised by some of the pottery. As a potter, I have seen pictures of the pottery style usually in black and white. To see some pieces in living color was a slap your head Eureka moment. I had been getting the right color for the celadon for years. Explaining the technology and the clay was great. I got so caught up in the history, that I didn't tell you enough about the art. The objects were wonderful. The pottery, the cast metal, the paintings are beautiful. There were pieces that were inventive and fanciful. This is really a great show for potters and watercolorists. Go see it.

Sherrie


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