Jennifer Mecca to Present Pottery Techniques

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North Carolina Potter Jennifer Mecca will demonstrate pottery techniques as well as discuss her personal experiences as a full time studio potter from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 1st in Western Piedmont Community College’s Professional Crafts: Clay Studio, Rostan Building 1.

Mecca received a BFA in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA and MFA in Ceramics at East Carolina University.  Mecca blends her interior design background with being a utilitarian potter, creating pots that are both   visually pleasing and useful in everyday life.

Mecca was born in upstate New York, and moved to South Carolina in her late teens. “I spent many childhood weekends observing and participating in the traditions of my paternal Italian-American family.  Among the most prevalent was the preparation of elaborate meals.”  Mecca observed how tableware and the type of serving pieces were as important as the planning, preparation and enjoyment of a meal.  “This served as the foundation for my interest in utilitarian pottery and my love of creating elaborate surfaces and forms.”

Mecca’s work has been featured in Pottery Making Illustrated, Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times.  She is represented by several galleries including Lark and Key, Charlotte, Hamilton Williams Gallery, Morganton and Art and Invention, Nashville, Tennessee.  Outside of studio work, Mecca teaches 3rd grade and is an adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

On Wednesday, February 1st, examples of Mecca’s work will be on display in conjunction with her pottery demonstration in Western Piedmont Community College’s Professional Crafts: Clay Studio, Rostan Building 1 from 11:30 AM-3:30 PM.  To view her work, please visit www.jenmeccapottery.com.  The pottery demonstration is open and free to the public.   A studio potluck will be held 11:30-12:00.  For more information about this event or pottery classes, contact Professional Crafts Coordinator, Courtney Long via e-mail or call (828) 448-3552.