at the Wayne Center for the Arts

March 18–April 18

(Wooster, Ohio)—North Carolina artist Julie Wiggins draws images from nature—hummingbirds, bees, flowers—to enhance the surfaces of her whimsical forms. Her work, along with work by 19 artists from across the country, will be showcased in the exhibition “Functional Ceramics 2015,” on view March 18–April 18 at the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster. Presented by Ohio Designer Craftsmen, the show features teapots, platters, pitchers, serving bowls and more, by such artists as Ted Neal, Indiana; Dganit Moreno, Missouri; Lisa Pedolsky, Colorado; and Bryan Hopkins, New York.

For over 40 years, the exhibition has showcased exemplary work that celebrates the functional aspect of clay. New York artist Doug Peltzman notes, “Creating utilitarian objects with layered and active surfaces is an outlet for playful yet structured investigation. Essentially, I aim to produce well-crafted functional objects that provide lasting experiences and moments of pause in day-to-day life.”

The exhibition concludes with the Functional Ceramics Workshop, held April 17–18 at the arts center. Three presenters—Gay Smith, Bakersville, North Carolina; Ronan Kyle Peterson, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Dan Finnegan, Fredericksburg, Virginia—will demonstrate a variety of techniques over the two days. Registration: $180, includes 2 box lunches and dinner at Quailcrest Farm. Space is limited. To register, see or telephone (614) 486-4402.

The Wayne Center for the Arts is located at 237 South Walnut Street in Wooster, Ohio. Hours are Monday–Thursday, 11:00 am–9:00 pm; Friday, 11:00 am–6:00 pm; and Saturday, 9:00 am–3:00 pm. Closed Sundays. Telephone (330) 264-2787; or see their website at

Ohio Designer Craftsmen (ODC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of fine craft, and helping artists develop professional skills. ODC receives ongoing funding from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council and the Columbus Foundation. Membership is open to both artists and craft enthusiasts. For further information, see our website at