BLUEGRASS BOURBON: BY THE BOTTLE/BY THE OUNCE
April 5 - June 16, 2013
Steve Wilson Gallery, First Floor
In celebration of Kentucky's rich bourbon history and to mark the beginning of Derby season, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and Louisville Clay present anexhibition of ceramic bourbon bottles and shot glasses designed by artists from around the country. Bluegrass Bourbon: By the Bottle/By the Ounce opens Friday, April 5th.
Originally ceramic bourbon decanters were created in the 1950's to help drive sales and offer bourbonfans more eye-catching packaging suitable for gifting. These non-traditional bottles quickly becamecollectors items and were produced for forty years until production ceased in the late 90's.
The pieces in this exhibit pay homage to these vintage specialty bottles in material alone. They are each unique and modern in design demonstrating the endless possibilities that this functional form can take. Over a hundred ceramic artists from around the nation will have work featured.
This exhibit is curated by ceramist Matt Long who is an Associate Professor of Art, and the GraduateCoordinator for the Department of Art at The University of Mississippi. He has had ceramic work innational juried and invitational shows throughout the United States and is particularly known for hisbourbon bottles and whiskey flasks.
Louisville Clay is an association of regional ceramic artists dedicated to enriching individual creativitythrough a supportive community of peers and to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of ceramic art.
Ashley Kenneth Chavis
Margaret Boyce Covert
Janis Wilson Hughes