Rust Pottery at ArtWalk
ArtWalk's featured artists for this week are a husband and wife team of potters.
Fred and Debbie Rust have lived and raised a family in Gastonia for two decades. They now produce pottery out of their home.
Their pottery is functional and food safe. The pieces are either thrown on a potter's wheel or hand built. They use a variety of stoneware clays and opaque, earthy glazes including tan, reddish brown, green and blue.
A majority of the pieces are then textured. While the clay is damp, bridal lace is pressed into its surface. When dark clay is used and the piece is fired, the lighter glazes flows down into the recesses and the clay shows through the glazes along ridges, making the impressions show up not only texturally but also in color.
Some pieces are left without patterning, or have only the simple rings typical of a hand thrown vessel.
The Rusts offer a multitude of utilitarian kitchen items, including dishes and bowls in wide range of shapes and sizes, cracker trays, jars, mugs, butter dishes, berry bowls, sugar packet and tea bag holders, mixing bowls, dipping bowls and casserole dishes.
They also provide several decorative items, such as miniature vases and pitchers (for toothpicks, cotton swabs, or flowers), large ornamental vases, plaques with inspirational or pet related phrases, pendants, wall vases and baskets.
Fred and Debbie Rust's pottery is located on ArtWalk's main level. With three and a half floors and more than 300 local, regional and national artists, ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. (across from Mast General Store) Boone, N.C. 28607. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (828) 264-9998, e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit http://www.artwalkboone.com.
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