Spiked Tea Set

Larry Spears

Larry Spears’s personal involvement in creating pottery spans over forty years of working with clay. Basically, he makes pots. Larry still feels that it is one of the most expressive art mediums. The shapes he uses have been evolving over the past four decades. He continually analyzes and formulates constant changes when developing his ever-expanding glaze palette. Many of his pieces are sprayed, dipped, brushed, spattered and layered with various glazes and slips. The majority of Larry’s work is fired in reduction in a gas kiln to cone 9.

The work for the exhibit “Vessels”, includes many new pieces with hand built appendages made from clay and various other elements. The aim of these designs is to create contrasting color and surface elements that work in harmony with the form.

Opening Reception: Friday, February 3rd, 5-8 PM

On Display: February 3rd – 25th

In conjunction with Gallery Walk, the Fountain Square Poetry Series will be hosting their February event in the Fountian Square Mall atrium from 5:30-7:30 PM.
Free admission and free raffle.

Presented by Writers Guild at Bloomington
Co-Sponsored by By Hand Gallery and Gather : handmade shoppe & Co:
Featuring poets Abegunde, Susan Amis, Emily Corwin, and JL Kato with musical guests American Standard (Greg Buse and Rebecca Keith)

Abegunde is a Memory Keeper who chooses to forget that words have limits. She chooses to remember – and live by – the words of a 5th grade student: Poetry can change the world.  As a result, she spends her days and dream time chanting silenced memories into spoken histories. On the weekdays, when she isn’t birthing new words out of sound and images, she shapeshifts into an IU professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Graduate Mentoring Center director.

Susan Amis is a writer and aspiring Limnologist from Minneapolis, MN currently pursuing her MFA at Indiana University.  She enjoys poetry quite a bit.

Emily Corwin is an MFA candidate in poetry at Indiana University-Bloomington and the Poetry Editor for Indiana Review. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Gigantic Sequins, glitterMOB, Hobart, smoking glue gun, and Word Riot. Her chapbook My Tall Handsome was recently published through Brain Mill Press. You can follow her @exitlessblue on Twitter and Instagram.

JL Kato‘s poetry collection, Shadows Set in Concrete, chronicles the life of a Japanese immigrant in Indiana. It was selected the 2011 Best Book of Indiana by Indiana Center for the Book. Kato's poems have appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, Raintown Review, and So It Goes. He is poetry editor of Flying Island, the online literary journal of the Indiana Writers Center. He also serves as president of Brick Street Poetry Inc., a nonprofit group that advocates for poetry in public places.

Greg Buse and Rebecca Keith form American Standard— a folk duo that enjoys singing everything from contemporary indie folk to classic tunes from the ‘70s and ‘80s to original material written by Greg. Although they met in 2002, they didn’t start performing together until 2013. Both have positions at Indiana University, families, and other activities that keep them busy, but one day plan to take their music on the road.