Join us on the first Saturday of every month for our Artisan Market, an open-air, covered arts fair featuring local artists showcasing, demonstrating and selling their work.
Come meet the artists, shop for handmade goods, and visit The River House gallery and Cafe while you're here!
FREE (donations appreciated)
JUNE ARTISAN OF THE MONTH: Julie Farrar
Julie Farrar: Clay is my way of expressing what I see, think, and feel. When I was in high school, I watched a Japanese potter spend an afternoon making tea bowls at an art museum in Massachusetts. His serenity and the magic of watching balls of clay turn into beautiful forms transported me.
I constantly find the unexpected emerge from clay, whether I am making something on the wheel or hand-building. I have spent my lifetime learning pottery-making skills, but my best work comes when I can let go and see things unfold as I work.
My inspiration is almost always from nature, whether the look is very stylized or organic. In addition to pottery, I do both sculpture and large wall-pieces that can be architectural; these range from a bathtub-surround to art to hang on your wall.
Because of clay: I studied Anthropology; I lived with a pottery-making Cakchekal Indian family in Guatemala, digging clay from the riverbank and firing it in a mound of dried sticks and dung; I exhibited a sculpture installation about the injustice of gold mining destroying the environment of the local people; I taught a workshop to help people with emotional trauma find a way out; and I found a voice for my own trauma and creativity.
Blogspot Portfolio: https://juliefarrarportfolio.blogspot.com/