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Artist to display pottery in downtown Norcross

Artist Cheryl Williams met fellow potters Anne and Ron Labaire about eight years ago.

Today, the Oregon artist's work is displayed in the Labaires' pottery gallery in downtown Norcross.

"She is one of those outside-the-box thinkers," Anne Labaire said of Williams, whose work at Labaire Pottery includes tabletop sculptures made from metal accented with freshwater pearls on steel bases. The one-of-a-kind sculptures were formed by hand.

"I do very large sculptures as well and I thought it would be wonderful to be able to do something that can be enjoyed just on an office desk or in someone's niche or in a small area rather than just always having something outdoors," Williams said. "(With these pieces) I'm trying to convey a feeling of just playfulness and the flow of metal."

Williams also creates decorative clay bowls, which can be seen at the Norcross gallery.

"A lot of my ideas come from just visuals that I see around and also sometimes in my dreams," Williams said. "I'll design pieces in my dreams and then try to bring them forth into a physical form."

Williams said the pieces she sees while she sleeps aren't always easy to reproduce.

"Sometimes you conceptualize something," she said. "Often you start out with an idea and either by a wonderful mistake or something else leads you down a different path in making a sculpture. Sometimes you just have to be open to allow what comes to come."

SideBar: If You Go

· What: The Artistry of Cheryl Williams

· When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday

· Where: Labaire Pottery, 27 S. Peachtree St., Norcross

· Cost: Free

· For more information: Call 770-446-4003 or visit www.labairepottery.com