Spring is finally here! What’s a better way to celebrate the new season than by incorporating new handcrafted pieces into your home? Featured in our window this month are a few select pieces by two of our local potters, Travis Berning and Alia Levi. Travis’ pieces are known for his beautiful leaf imprints. The leaf images on the pieces reflect his connection to and love for the natural world. In looking at Travis Berning’s pottery, one can almost feel his life coming through in every facet of his art. His childhood on a farm in Western Kansas made him love the combination of hands-on physicality and sensitivity to nature that is evident in the strong forms of his pots. Berning’s early college experience was in two-dimensional art in drawing and painting. After taking a class in ceramics, however, he realized he wanted to work with clay. His painting professor encouraged him to remain in the painting program, but it was too late. He had a natural passion for pottery. In 1995, Berning received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wichita State University, before continuing to study at the graduate level at the University of North Texas. His work has been exhibited in shows such as Ceramics USA and published in Clay Times and Southern Living.
Alia’s pieces can be spotted with either her beautiful fern leaf print or her elegant slipcasting expertly placed on the façade of each piece. Alia Levi is a studio potter located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She grew up in a small country town in Connecticut and received a degree in Visual Fine Art from Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT. After experimenting with various visual art forms, she discovered a great sense of fulfillment working with clay. She established her home studio in Hendersonville, NC in 2014 on the small farm where she lives with her husband and animals. Each piece of pottery is crafted with meticulous attention to detail in order to create harmony between form and function, for pottery that is both elegant and practical.
Like many of you, we’ve been doing some spring cleaning down here at The Silver Fox Gallery as we get ready for new pieces to come in from market. So, in order to make room, all of our in-stock regular priced rugs are 20% off for the whole month of April! Featured in our window this month are just a taste of the many rug options we have available here! We have a variety of styles and sizes for you to choose from, that are sure to liven up any space in your home.
Come on down to the Silver Fox Gallery, we have new things coming in every day! We can’t wait to see you!