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Article Published: Dec. 6, 2012 | Modified: Dec. 6, 2012
One-of-a-kind clay art at Carlton Gallery

‘Sculpture’ by Jayne Harris

Carlton Gallery celebrates the season with its 30th anniversary Winter Group Exhibition, featuring a variety of art in paintings, glass, wood, clay, sculpture, fiber and fine jewelry.

“The vast and varied collection from the gallery’s many local, regional and national artists is a visual delight,” gallery owner Toni Carlton said.

A “Small Works” exhibition, along with the “2012 Figurative Abstractions” exhibit by Warren Dennis, add to this month’s seasonal offerings.

The gallery has an eclectic collection from local and regional artists working in clay whose designs include functional, hand-crafted pottery in mugs, baking casseroles, butter dishes, plates and bowls, as well as goblets, pitchers, vases and sponge holders. Each piece of functional pottery is oven-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe and can be enjoyed for many years.

One-of-a-kind clay pieces abound at the gallery from artists Joe Edwards, Nancy Lewis, John Turner and Jayne Harris.

Joe Edwards creates sculptural clay torsos to show the classic beauty of the female. He hand-paints his designs to enhance the form and highlight texture. Edwards’ “Apple Love” and “Golden Pear” sculptures are whimsical conversation pieces, Carlton said, which exemplify his creativity.

Local potter Nancy Lewis handcrafts tall vases with inlaid designs of rhododendron, dragonflies, iris pods and ginkgo leaves. Her vases begin at 18 inches tall and go up to 3 feet tall. Many of Lewis’s vases can be converted into lamps.

John Turner’s vessels, bowls and wall-hanging plates are raku with copper glazes in iridescent colors, which change into specific patterns when light reflects on them. Each of his handcrafted pottery bears his distinctive circles and small dots in their design.

The gallery’s new clay artist, Jayne Harris, creates sculptures Carlton described as “connected to the Earth and beyond.”

“Her work has an energy and dreamlike quality, which evokes curiosity and a feeling of connection on a deep level to all beings,” she said. “Her techniques in working and firing the clay involve the use of different materials to achieve her creative vision.”

After a hand injury forced Harris to switch from woodcarving to clay, she discovered she loved her new medium. It lets her pretend to be in charge, said Harris, who admitted she laughs when holding a sculpture she never consciously planned.

“As a clay sculptor, I find my hands frequently shaping female figures and faces, often in association with tree forms and animals,” Harris said. “This triangle of plant, animal and human constitutes narrative shorthand that addresses cross-cultural issues of growth and decay. With these forms as symbols, I attempt to express my concern for our planet and my hope and fear for its inhabitants.”

Carlton Gallery’s 30th anniversary Winter Group Exhibition and “Small Works” exhibition continue through April 30, while “2012 Figurative Abstractions” runs through Dec. 31.

Carlton Gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and seven miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Grandfather Mountain Community. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about the gallery, artists or workshops, call (828) 963-4288 or visit

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‘Sculpture’ by Jayne Harris

Sculpture by Jayne Harris

'Apple Love' by Joe Edwards

'Golden Pear' by Joe Edwards

'Dragonfly Vase' by Nancy Lewis

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