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Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:44

Exhibit of rare pottery at WCU

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art potteryPottery from the private collection of Joan Byrd and George Rector will be on display Feb. 17 through May 9 in the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University. An artist’s talk and reception is set for 5 p.m. March 20.


The exhibit, including pieces by some of the world’s most celebrated potters, coincides with the conclusion of Byrd’s long career as a professor of ceramics at WCU. She will retire in May after teaching for 46 years on the art faculty. Rector has taught ceramics at WCU for more than 20 years. He will continue to serve as an adjunct art faculty member in the WCU School of Art and Design.

Both Byrd and Rector were collectors before they met in the 1970s. They combined their collections when they married 30 years ago and continued to acquire new pieces in their work and travels. The works to be showcased are mostly American functional pottery, including teapots, cups, plates, platters, bowls, jars and boxes. or 828.227.3591.

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