Pottery by Jason Bige Burnett

Twelve local and regional pottery artists will be showing off their favorite creations this month at CRAFT(s) Gallery & Mercantile in an exhibition that serves as a sneak peek to the Southern Crossings Pottery Festival (SXPF) in March.

Each artist will have about 10 pieces each in the exhibit, which opens Friday, Jan. 4, at the South Fourth Street gallery. Artist Ewa Perz also will have her pottery-inspired paintings as part of the show as well.

The 12 pottery artists include Jason Bige Burnett, Kyle Carpenter, Amy Chase, Steven G. Cheek, Jim Gottuso, Kristen Kieffer, David Kenton Kring, Courtney Martin, Didem Mert, Lindsay Oesterritter, Lindsay Rogers and Amelia Stamps.

Amy Chase

According to SXPF co-founder and exhibit participant Amy Chase, the pottery festival’s focus is on the significance of handmade pottery by celebrating the object, its maker and the utilitarian use in nourishing ourselves and those around us.

The group was established in 2017, and its first festival was held in 2018.

“The idea of SXPF is to add a new element to the art scene, something that would make a positive impact on our town, educate audiences on ceramic arts, and an event that would push us (ceramic artists) to become stronger potters,” Chase tells Insider.

The official SXPF will take place March 1-2 at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery in Butchertown and will feature handmade goods and functional wares.

Pottery by Amy Chase

There also will be a fundraising event called Empty Bowls on March 2 that’ll benefit Carole’s Kitchen and A Recipe to End Hunger, a nonprofit organization focused on ending childhood hunger.

Chase says the 12 artists were chosen by the SXPF committee, and a majority of them have a connection to Louisville or the surrounding areas. This sneak-peek exhibit came about after Chase and organizers realized that their mission and the gallery’s focus aligned.

“When researching gallery spaces to approach with our idea of the exhibition, CRAFT(s) Gallery seemed like a perfect fit with the mission of SXPF, combining a strong representation of art and craft,” she says.

“An Exhibition of the Southern Crossings Pottery Festival” opens Friday, Jan. 4, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. It continues through Jan. 27. CRAFT(s) is located at 572 S. Fourth St.

Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."