ArtTalk by Ceramic Artist Ayumi Horie

The Harlow Gallery and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts are collaborating to host a potluck dinner followed by an ArtTalk by Portland, Maine ceramic artist Ayumi Horie on August 19 beginning at 5:30pm.  The event will take place at the Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell; it is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share at the potluck, though it is not required.

Ayumie Horie will be an artist-in-residence at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle from August 10-25. She is a full-time studio potter working in Portland, Maine who creates functional pieces adorned with images of animals and patterns that serve as a means to address ideas about comfort, both physical and psychological. She explains, “I see pots as having the incredible privilege of being part of people’s private, everyday lives. Because of this intimacy, we let our guard down around pots, allowing them to convey ideas about aesthetics, function, and social issues. They are objects of service and conduits between people.”

In 2011, the day after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Ayumi co-founded Handmade For Japan, which has raised over $100,000 to support relief and rebuilding efforts through arts-related events. Ayumi gives lectures and workshops nationally and internationally and serves on the board of directors of the American Craft Council. For more information about the artist, visit her website at ayumihorie.com.

The Harlow Gallery is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1963 dedicated to showcasing and promoting Maine artists. In serving their mission to connect and celebrate art, artists and community, they serve as a hub for community events and workshops. Visit them online at www.harlowgallery.org for more information. ArtTalks at the Harlow Gallery are sponsored by The Bank of Maine.

The Bank of Maine

Watershed Center, located in Newcastle, provides clay artists with summer and fall residencies, workshops, and community education. For more information visit www.watershedceramics.org or call Watershed at (207) 882-6075.

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