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Woven Fruit Bowl, Clay Bowl By Linda Powell, Burnsville

Clay artist Linda Powell combines her love of woven textures with ceramic sculpting to create truly unique and functional compositions. To form its knitted appearance, Powell hand cuts strips of clay and layers them together on top of a mold to set and fire. The reddish, three-dimensional hues scattered throughout the bowl come from a red iron oxide dye that is later washed to produce color variations. “I like doing things with clay that you don’t ordinarily do,” explains Powell, founder of the Burnsville studio High Country Ceramic Arts. “It’s actually woven, it’s not just one piece on another.”  Woven Fruit Bowl is one among many pieces of Powell’s that will be displayed in Works + Wonders of the High Country at Toe River Arts in Spruce Pine. Artwork created by Powell and other members of High Country Ceramic Arts will be unveiled in the exhibit running from June 25 to July 30 of this year.