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Article Published: Aug. 22, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 22, 2013
‘He Said, She Said’ at Crimson Laurel

Ceramics by Terry Gess are on display at Crimson Laurel Gallery

Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville presents “He Said, She Said: Work by Terry Gess & Carmen Grier” and “99 Bottles: Curated by Jason Bige Burnett,” both opening Sept. 1.

“He Said, She Said: Work by Terry Gess & Carmen Grier,” features Gess’ ceramics and Grier’s textiles.

According to Gess, “For the past several months, I have been exploring surfaces and firing possibilities in pursuit of a new body of work. My exploration has been driven by curiosity and a willingness to find new directions for my studio practice. This current collection includes themes that I know well and a collection of new exploratory forms.”

According to Grier, “This work is a record of how I, with needle and thread, collaborated with natural dye and linen fabric in equal measure of control and chance. This focused exploration of stitch resist using a handful of plant dyes, including indigo, resulted in subtle color and pattern effects that work in harmony with Terry’s ceramics.”

“99 Bottles: Curated by Jason Bige Burnett,” will feature 33 ceramic artists.

“They’ve been taken off the wall over and over again through song and spun many a times for a kiss,” a gallery representative said. “They are filled with spirits, syrups and sodas and sometimes with potions, poison and perfumes. Bottles have been around for centuries and taken on many functions through many materials.”

For the exhibit, 33 ceramic artists were invited to commemorate this cultural icon. These regionally and nationally known artists were selected based on their personal style and to provide a diverse range of work through form, firing methods, surface techniques and function.

Participating artists include Kurt Anderson, Nicholas Bivins, David Bolton, Cynthia Bringle, Jason Bige Burnett, A. Blair Clemo, Josh Copus, Diana Fayt, Frank James Fischer, Yoshi Fujii, David Hiltner, Matt Jacobs, Garth Johnson, Jeremy Kane, Kathy King, Joshua Kuensting, Max Lehman, Matt Long, Courtney Martin, Shadow May, Forrest Lesch Middleton, Richard Nickel, Kelly O’Briant, Shawn O’Conner, Rob Pullyn, Jeremy Randall, Justin Rothshank, Nancy Selvin, Joey Sheehan, Ted Suape, Brian Taylor and Lana Wilson.

The exhibitions will open Sept. 1 and remain through Oct. 25. An artist reception will take place Saturday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. The exhibitions can be seen and purchased online, beginning Sept. 1 at midnight.

Crimson Laurel Gallery is located at 23 Crimson Laurel Way in Bakersville. For more information, call (828) 688-3599 or visit

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