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Fired Works Kicks Off April 22

Daily admission to the Fired Works Exhibition is $5 and can be purchased at the event. The hours of the exhibition run Monday- Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM, Saturday’s (April 22nd and 29th) from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday’s (April 23rd and 30th) from Noon until 4 PM.

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From April 22-30, Macon’s Central City Park will hold the 12th Annual Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale. The event will feature 65 Southeast and Georgia potters displaying their latest works. This event began as a local pottery show but has now gone on to become the premiere exhibit of functional and sculptural pottery in the state. This event is provided to the public by the Macon Arts Alliance, which also provides the Arts Advocacy Breakfast, the East to West Art Walk, and Taste of the Arts: Soul Train as well as their monthly exhibit located at the organization’s headquarters at 486 First Street.

Fired Work’s mission is to bring exposure to potters of the Southeast and allow them the opportunity to sell their arts and crafts to the public. Running for nine days, the event includes pottery workshops for children and adults, including a kickoff event on Friday April 21 which will feature live music, food, and an early chance to buy products from the exhibits before the event officially gets started. The preview will take place from 6 PM – 9 PM and the cost of admission for the kickoff event is $40 in advance or $50 the day of, and are only available online at the Fired Works website (www.firedworksmacon.com).

Daily admission to the Fired Works Exhibition is $5 and can be purchased at the event. The hours of the exhibition run Monday- Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM, Saturday’s (April 22nd and 29th) from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday’s (April 23rd and 30th) from Noon until 4 PM. The free Children’s ‘Clay Time’ will take from 10 AM to Noon on both Saturday the 22nd and Saturday the 30th of the exhibition, but you must register your child prior to the event. Tuesday April 25th will feature two Wheel Turning classes from 6 PM – 7:30 PM and 7:30 PM – 9 PM. This event is 18 and over and costs $50 per person. Thursday April 27th will feature two Corks & Clay workshops, which runs the same hours as the Wheel Turning classes, however this event is 21 and over and costs $30 per participant (although drinks are provided). You can register for any of these events on the Fired Works website.

This year’s featured potter for the event is Barry Gregg of Decatur, Georgia. Work by Gregg has been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ceramics Guild Magazine, Decatur Living Magazine and even a cover piece for Clay Times Magazine in the 2009 May/ June issue. Says Gregg of his pottery and sculptures: “My work, although whimsical at first glance, contain themes of overcoming adversity and longing for greater insight. I utilize not only my artistic knowledge in my work, but also to use the experiences I have gathered as a child into adulthood. Including, but not limited to, fantasy, spirituality, a magical childhood at the beach and the unknown. It is my goal to let go of preconceived notions of what the finished product should be. Therefore, allowing myself to experience the surprises that the clay has to offer from its conceptual beginnings to the final form.”

Be sure to check out the Fired Works website for additional information on the potters who will be attending the exhibition, as well as the workshops and even volunteer opportunities. Sign up now at www.firedworksmacon.com.

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