The Estero Fine Art Show™ on November 16 & 17 and January 4 & 5 brings high quality art to Southwest Florida. This fine art and fine craft show, juried by art professionals, attracts world-renowned and top-notch local artists in all disciplines, including painting, photography, jewelry, glass, fiber, sculpture, wood, clay and more. One of the clay artists who will be participating in this season’s Estero Fine Art Show is Missouri-based Eric Zumwalt.
Zumwalt and his Gone to Pot Art Studio partner, Jeanne Scott, make wheel-thrown cone 10 reduction-fired porcelain pottery, custom metal display items and clay and metal furniture. All of their work is elegant; most is functional as well.
“We believe that there is a need for finely-crafted functional art objects in our technology-based society,” Zumwalt and Scott proclaim. “We need something to ground us in our own humanity and art has always provided an opportunity to do this.”
Zumwalt and Scott employ slip trailing, sculpting and stain and glaze layering processes to activate the surfaces of their pottery. They also work with a rich color palette of glazes to lend energy to their finished work. They don’t have employees and nothing is cast or mass produced. “These processes force us to learn from every kiln load of pots we fire and constantly inspire us,” they report. “Making art is a fascinating journey for us. We hope that you enjoy appreciating and using our products as much as we enjoy making them.”
Jeanne established the clay studio while she was in her last semester at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. While finishing her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the idea of her own studio was already taking shape. Over the next few years, Jeanne built her own kiln and began developing her glazes, techniques and forms. Eric joined the studio in 2003. Initially providing marketing, business and studio support, Eric quickly added his own creative work in steel. Today, the duo create a mix of pieces that are both architectural and inspired by ancient and modern forms.
The Estero Fine Art Show opens on Saturday, November 16, and ends Sunday, November 17. The festival is open both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is free admission and free parking. The show is held 100% outdoors at Miromar Outlet Mall, located in Estero off I-75 and exit #123, Corkscrew Road.
The art fair is sponsored by Hot Works Fine Art Shows and produced by Executive Director Patty Narozny. Both have a national standing and reputation. Hot Works’ flagship show, the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show® held in West Bloomfield, Michigan, has been voted in the top 100 art shows in the country the last seven years in a row. Hot Works and Narozny strive to bring the same quality and professionalism to Southwest Florida.
For more information about the event, please logon to www.HotWorks.org, call 941-755-3088 or email Patty Narozny at Patty@HotWorks.org.