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January 23, 2014

‘Women’s Faces’ exhibit to open at museum gallery

TIFTON —

Women’s faces portrayed in clay and on canvas are about to take over the gallery at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Polly Huff, assistant director and curator at the museum, said a 5:30 p.m. reception Jan. 30, hosted by Tifton’s Twentieth Century Library Club, will open “Women’s Faces,” the 17th exhibit at the gallery. 

“For the ‘Women’s Faces’ exhibit, Danielsville potters Pat Shields and Janice Hall will feature a collection of their face jugs, each one representing a woman,” Huff said.  “Each pot is made from native clay processed by a mule-driven mill, wheel thrown, and individually decorated by hand.”

Huff said the exhibit will also feature a unique collection of mixed media canvases and scrapbooks honoring Tift County women from all walks of life. The Tifton Twentieth Century Library Club is participating in “Faces Make Places,” a GFWC Arts Partnership Project in which the club has produced several large photo collages and scrapbooks celebrating women from all social and economic backgrounds and their contributions to the Tifton community. 

“Art students from Tift County High School and Eighth Street Middle School will also provide various pieces of art for the project,” Huff said.  “The collages will include women from the early 1900s through the present day.”

Shields and Hall are a husband and wife team that began studying southern pottery traditions as an innocent part-time hobby two decades ago. Visits with potters in north Georgia led to apprenticeship opportunities with some well-known traditional potters, and the hobby turned into a full-time business. 

“Over the years Pat and Janice have adopted many traditional methods used in the southern cottage pottery industry, while also incorporating modern techniques in their production,” Huff said. “They mix their own glazes from raw ingredients using traditional or original recipes, and they wood-fire each of the pieces in their shop.” 

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