Kathy Winters' passion for pottery began when she was just a little girl, playing in the mud with her sister.
"Even then, I was not making mud pies but creating what I thought to be masterpieces," Winters, of Bristol, Va., writes in her artist's statement. "Presently, I wake up in the mornings and can't wait to get my hands in the mud. Pottery is an art, but to me it is very spiritual. If you look deeply enough, it parallels my faith and that is why it is such a passion for me."
"The Mud Garden," a collection of Winters' Petals In Peace stoneware pottery, is the final installment of the Corner Gallery's 2012 exhibition series at The Gallery at Barr Photographics in Abingdon, Va. Her work will remain on display through Jan. 31, before becoming a permanent offering in Barr's Gift Gallery beginning in February.
Born and raised in Bristol, Va., Winters pursued her passion for serving people by working in the nursing and chiropractic segments of the health care industry for 30 years before personal health issues forced her retirement.
"It was then I decided to pursue my love for pottery," she writes.
Winters employs a variety of clay types to create her more unique pieces, which are constructed utilizing multiple techniques of throwing and hand building over the course of several days.
"Clay at first glance may look useless and messy, but may be formed into something useful and beautiful, which is what I hope God will do with me," Winters writes. "Yielding to pressure on the wheel will take the clay off center. It needs the potter's patient hand to work it back to center and form it into a useful vessel. Just as pressures in our lives can divert each of us from the right path, God may direct each of us back. I feel very much at peace when I am creating. Throwing and hand building are very intimate and spiritual processes for me."
The Gallery at Barr Photographics is housed in the Greenway Trigg Building, located in the heart of Abingdon's Main Street Historic District.
For more information, call (276) 628-1486.
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