Spearheaded by the Aransas County Council on Aging and the Rockport Center for the Arts, the Clay Expo includes exhibitions, sales and demonstrations from some of Texas’ most respected artists. The two-day event benefits the Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program, which provides delivery of nutritious meals to home-bound senior citizens.
The Expo kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the 12th annual Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair, a one-day event held at the Rockport-Fulton High School. Thirty-two potters will exhibit and sell their creations. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. Underwriting for this event is provided by AEP, Hooking Bull Boatyard, Prosperity Bank, H-E-B, Rockport Coastal Care Center, L-6 Holdings, Inc. and Wells Fargo Bank.
Visitors can chat with the potters, purchase their pieces and view them at work during one of the hourly demonstrations. Each artist has donated a piece for a silent auction and door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. A raffle will be held for $500 cash and items donated from the Lighthouse Inn, Charlotte Plummers, the Skimmer Whooping Crane Tours and a Ducks Unlimited framed print.
As part of the celebration, the Rockport Center for the Arts will offer a special exhibition and sale featuring the works of potters Dee and Terry Buck in the Main Gallery. An opening reception, which is free to the public, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. Additionally, galleries in Rockport’s Downtown Heritage District will hold special events and exhibitions on Saturday from 10 a.m. to closing and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to closing.
On Sunday, Feb. 2, the Bucks will demonstrate throwing techniques from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rockport Center for the Arts. There is an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oyster Plate Cove Clay Studio and a pottery demonstration by Betty Shamel from 1 to 3 p.m. at Windway Gallery. For more information, visit the website at www.BountifulBowl.org or call the Rockport Center for the Arts at 361-729-5519.