Twelve large ceramic pots adorn the lawn in front of the Nasher Museum of Art, the work of renowned local artist Mark Hewitt. Sarah Schroth, Nancy Hanks curator at the Nasher, who arranged the exhibition, says she intends for the patterned and salt-glazed pots to create an organic transition between the museum's modernist edifice and the surrounding woods.
For nearly thirty years, Hewitt has drawn inspiration from Asian and West African ceramics, as well as the native North Carolina pottery traditions of Seagrove and the Catawba River Valley. Hewitt digs the clay, mixes his own glazes, and fires his work in a wood-burning kiln. For this installation, titled "Mark Hewitt: Falling into Place," the artist selected pots from his own collection, four private collections, and the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Hewitt, who was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, England, and who currently lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina, south of Chapel Hill, has exhibited in New York, Tokyo, and London. In 2005, he helped curate the exhibition "The Potter's Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery" at the North Carolina Museum of Art. His work will be on view through the summer.