Master potters at Edgewood Cottage
Bob Meier and members of Doe Ridge Pottery begin the 2012 Artists in Residence series at Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock.
Their work will be featured from Thursday, July 5, through Tuesday, July 10, and visitors can meet Meier and his fellow artists each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (noon to 6 p.m. Sunday).
Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery, owned and operated by artist and potter Meier, has grown considerably since 1978. Meier has extended the offerings from his own functional pieces to decorative object-oriented work, including large vase forms, wall pieces, table lamps, sinks, custom commissions and wedding registries. Meier’s gallery includes a collection of locally handmade pottery and ceramic objects from 15 High Country potters. He said he’s excited to bring examples of the diverse work available at Doe Ridge to the Edgewood Cottage.
Doe Ridge artists showing at Edgewood include Meier, Maggie Black, Kate Colclaser, Connie Cox, Nathan Fields, Nancy Graham, High Meadows Pottery, Carol King and Patti Carmen Whitehead. Meier received his bachelor’s degree in industrial arts and vocational education, with concentrations in crafts and industrial design, and master of arts degree in education at Appalachian State University.
As a teacher, he worked as an adjunct instructor in ASU’s technology department from 1983-93, as Parkway and Blowing Rock schools’ career exploration teacher from 1992-97, adjunct instructor at ASU’s department of curriculum and instruction, college of education and in the ASU visual arts for elementary education program. The Artists at Edgewood program is sponsored by the Blowing Rock Historical Society. Artists will be in residence every day but Wednesdays through Aug. 21. All of the artwork is original, and most of it is available for sale.
Edgewood Cottage, located at the corner of Main and Chestnut streets, in front of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, is known for being renowned artist Elliot Daingerfield’s first home and studio in the area.
Admission is free, and free parking is available behind the visitors’ center behind the cottage.