I thought I’d re-post a media release that the Arts & Cultural Alliance put out here in Knoxville today. Excited to have my work featured in downtown Knoxville!
For Immediate Release
(August 17, 2012) – KNOXVILLE, TN – The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition of hand-built lace pottery by Lahla Deakins of Burning Fork Studio, opening Friday, October 5, at 5:00 PM in the display case of the Emporium Center in Knoxville. Deakins combines intricate lace patterns with simple forms to make variety of functional ware, from tumblers and serving dishes to picture frames and jewelry.
Lahla Deakins, a native of Johnson City, began taking pottery classes at the University of Tennessee as a journalism student, and instantly fell in love. After working as a copy editor and later receiving her Masters of Liberal Studies at East Tennessee State University, she decided to turn her artistic passion into a business, creating Burning Fork Studio in late 2010. The studio is located at West Jackson Workshops, 514 W. Jackson Ave., Suite 103, where Deakins creates her pottery and offers classes, workshops, and pottery parties for students age 4-adult.
“I’m inspired by vintage china patterns as well as sleek, modern forms, and I’ve always been drawn to rich textures,” says Deakins. “I love experimenting with pressing different types and patterns of lace into the clay—each one gives a piece an entirely unique personality.” Deakins uses lace she has collected from thrift shops, a local bridal shop’s scrap bin, and her own wedding dress, which inspired her to offer bridal lace special orders. Customers can bring her lace from their own wedding dress (or other keepsake lace) to have a custom vase, picture frame, or other piece designed. For more information about lessons and special orders, visit www.burningforkstudio.com.
Deakins’ pottery will be displayed at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, from October 5-26, 2012. An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on October 5 from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with additional hours on Saturday, October 6, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.
About the Arts & Culture Alliance
The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission (www.tn.gov/arts) and First Tennessee Foundation (www.firsttennesseefoundation.com).