"Members of Bastrop Clay Arts will give a presentation at 7 pm on Thursday, April 6 at Art Connections Gallery. The event will feature the video “State of Clay: Texas Ceramics - Past and Present,’” the story of Texas pottery from prehistory to the 21st century, with an emphasis on Central Texas and Bastrop County. This rich and varied history includes work from the Jornada Mogollon culture of West Texas, East Texas’ Caddo tribe, Spanish Colonial manufacturers, 19th century settlers, enslaved antebellum laborers, 20th century studio potters and today’s contemporary ceramicists and sculptors.
A version of the video will also accompany an exhibition on display from April 1 - May 13 at Bastrop County’s Historical Society Museum. This show will include examples of work from the 19th century Bastrop County potteries: Dunkin Jug Factory, Stoker Pottery and McDade Pottery, as well as later legacy potters and teachers.
The Art Connections and museum events are part of Bastrop Clay Arts’ 2nd annual “Mostly Clay” Spring Invitational. This dynamic exhibition/marketplace will include work by approximately 20 artists and will be held at Studio Espavo, 924 Main Street in Bastrop. Opening night will coincide with First Friday Art Walk. Times are Friday evening 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday noon to 3:00 pm."