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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

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Japanese International Artists Society (JIAS)
Exhibition at the Ewing Gallery

The The Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture University of Tennessee Knoxville is hosting an exhibition of traditional and contemporary Japanese artwork from the Japanese International Artists Society. Tom and I really enjoyed seeing the work on exhibit; but, just like everyone else, it is just fascinating to watch artists making art. Bakuzasn Takada and his students and assistants created some wonderful calligraphy pieces.

The works were created with vigor much the way Pollock did. I will never think of calligraphy the same way. The papers were huge. The artist had large brushes that were used to make wonderful lines.

The potter Sadato Ichinose, did a fascinating demonstration of throwing pottery. I enjoyed watching Mr. Ichinose using traditional throwing sticks to shape the pots.

The opening reception was a big ceremony with officials from the city, county, Japanese Consul General from Nashville, and University of Tennessee. There were many artists from Japan who came to see the exhibition. Many of the women wore the traditional dress of Japan.. The Ewing Gallery and the University did a great job organizing the exhibition, the food and the ceremony. A sculptural piece was donated to the University by the JIAS. It is going to be permanently placed in the lobby of one of UT's science buildings to give inspiration to those who look at it.

- Sherrie


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