Tack Center to showcase Dave Lyons’ pottery
For Hub City Times
SPENCER — Art fairs are held throughout the year for people to stroll along and enjoy the beautiful pieces. For some people it does more. The beauty is so captivating that they have to get involved. That was the case of Dave Lyons of Pittsville.
Around 1975 Lyons attended an art fair where a potter was demonstrating his methods. Lyons wanted to dive in and learn as much as he could about clay. Unfortunately, three things hampered his desire. College, raising a family, and working came first. The one avenue he could explore was reading as much as he could about pottery.
In 2000 Lyons’ wife spotted an article about an adult open studio in Wisconsin Rapids, and for a while Lyons traveled there once a week, but he was not satisfied with his progress. The only way he could improve his work with clay was to open his own business.
Fast forward to 2017, and Lyons’ pottery will be on display in the LuCille Tack Center for the Arts gallery during the month of January. An open house will take place on Jan. 6 from 5-7 p.m.
On display will be an array of functional stoneware as well as nonfunctional, decorative American raku pottery.
Stoneware is a rugged type of pottery fired at 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit. It is well-suited for everyday use. The choice of clay body, glazes, and firing all contribute to a piece of functional art.
American raku pottery is described as painting with fire and smoke. The pots are taken out of the kiln while still very hot — at about 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. They are usually smoked in closed containers with combustible materials, causing chemical changes in the glaze or clay that are not predictable but are pleasing to the eye. Because of the relatively low temperatures and types of glazes, raku pottery is more for decoration.
Lyons handcrafts his pottery at his home studio. According to Lyons, “My pots will speak to my customers much in the same way an animal will speak to a potential owner at a shelter.”
Art work can be viewed during the open house, during a performance, or by appointment. The LuCille Tack Center for the Arts box office is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.