Potter’s work featured at Tallac Historic Site
August 14, 2008
Visitors to the Tallac Historic Site for the Valhalla Summer Arts and Music Festival will be able to enjoy an exhibit of Barbara Wesson’s functional pottery at the Viking Gallery.
Her exhibit will be on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17-23. Wesson will host a reception from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 23, when visitors can meet her and ask questions about her work.
Wesson is a Lake Tahoe potter with a background in zoology and botany. She is an award-winning landscape designer who has designed zoo exhibits integrating native plants of the Southwest. As an avid succulent-specimen collector, Wesson found it difficult to find suitable pots for her specimen plants.
“I came across a used pottery wheel for sale and remembered how I loved the feel of clay as a child, and realized that I could learn to create my own pots,” Wesson said. “This is the point where a great adventure began, bringing me to a career as a full-time potter, bringing me full circle back to the plants that I love.”
Wesson has studied with master potters Randy Broadnax, Don Ellis and Bill Van Gilder at Sierra Nevada College. Her pottery is a mix of high fire and raku techniques that are functional pieces for the home and garden. She is adept at mixing earth-tone colors and clay formations that bring her pottery to life. More information on Wesson’s pottery is available at http://www.letsgetmuddy.net.
For more information, call the Tahoe Tallac Association, sponsors of the Valhalla Arts and Music Festival, at (530) 541-4975.
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