Hudgens exhibit showcases 8 Georgia clay artists

DULUTH -- According to Merriam-Webster, clay is defined as "an earthy material that is plastic when moist but hard when fired, that is composed mainly of fine particles of hydrous aluminum silicates and other minerals, and that is used for brick, tile and pottery."

And there are plenty of artists in the area who use this moldable material as their medium of choice. On Tuesday, the Hudgens Center of the Arts opens its latest exhibition "Collections in Clay: The Works of Eight Georgia Artists and their Collections" from 2 to 4 p.m.

"This is a terrific opportunity to see works by some great clay artists, whether contemporary, folk or traditional," said Vernon Smith, exhibit curator and ceramics studio manager at the Hudgens. "I think everyone will find works that are both intriguing and beautiful to view."

The exhibit showcases eight Georgia clay artists, including Smith, Rick Berman, Tina Cox, Glenn Dair, Nancy Green, Richard and Dinah Stonis, and Becky Strickland. They are all also collectors and each of the artists will have two of their own clay works on display as well as six to eight pieces from their collection represented in this exhibit.

The exhibit runs through Dec. 22.