Contemporary Quilts and Functional Ceramics

Showcased at the Ohio Craft Museum

July 9–August 20

(Columbus, Ohio)—Elyria, Ohio, fiber artist Mary Ann Tipple incorporates large photos

in her contemporary quilts. A background in graphic design “has influenced the content in

my art—how to send a message or evoke a feeling,” Tipple says. Her work, along with

those of 15 quilt artists, is showcased in the Ohio Craft Museum’s summer exhibition, “A

Feast for the Eyes: Contemporary Quilts.” In addition to Tipple, several Ohio artists,

including Deborah Baillieul, Shelley Baird, Frauke Palmer, Ann Rebele and Susan Shie,

will be showing their work alongside artists from across the country.

Complementing the contemporary quilts show is “For the Table,” an exhibition of

beautiful yet functional pottery by 25 artists from across the United States. A wide variety

of styles and techniques will be featured, from the thrown, wood-fired vessels of West

Virginia artist Brian VanNostrand to the brightly colorful, handbuilt forms of North

Carolina artist Liz Zlot Summerfield.

The opening reception for both exhibitions is Sunday, July 9, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Volunteers from the Columbus chapter of Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer

gardening questions and talk about their organization and their support of the


In conjunction with the exhibition, the Ohio Craft Museum will present a demonstration

with exhibition artist and Sauder Village resident potter Mark Nafziger on Saturday,

August 12. Mark will demonstrate the unique slip-trailing techniques and other surface

decorating methods he’s perfected for the past 36 years. Pre-registration is required;

visit or telephone 614-486-4402 to register.

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.

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