Monday, July 20, 2015

Welcome to Jerry and Kathy Chappelle

We are pleased to have the work of Jerry and Kathy Chappelle.

We are excited to add their work to our collection at Carolina Creations!

When they moved to Watkinsville in 1970 they shared a vision that by creating an artists' community with many artists in one location they could better attract buyers and tourists to the area and that the community's quality of life would be improved through the presence of art.

That vision was manifest and proven successful when the couple bought an abandoned chicken farm and established their pottery.

During the 1970's the couple hosted workshops at their studio where artists couple camp at the farm and receive instruction in pottery in an unstructured atmosphere

In 1970, Jerry was recruited by Lamar Dodd, then-chairman of the University of Georgia’s art department, to teach ceramics at UGA. Shortly after accepting the position, Jerry launched a lifelong dream when he bought an abandoned chicken farm just south of the University. 

There Jerry and Kathy established an artists’ community that over the next 40 years would serve as a launching point for hundreds of careers.

Kathy has studied under Rick Berman at Callanwolde Art Center and Warren Mackenzie at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.  She has received awards from numerous arts festivals and craft shows.

Jerry has held artist in residence positions at many colleges, including the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, John C. Campbell Folk School, in North Carolina, Ohio State University, Keystone University, Louisiana State University and Penland School of Crafts (NC).

Jerry was born in Fredericktown, Mo on November 14, 1939 and Kathy was born in Minneapolis on January 28, 1943.  Jerry earned a BS in arts and education from Murray State University and an MFA from the University of Minnesota. Kathy studied business and accounting at William Woods College. 

The Chappelles have devoted their lives to awakening and nurturing the arts.

We don't have their pieces on our Website yet but here is a sneak peak.

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