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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

6.20.2012

Mint Condition

 [Tile with Scrolling Tendril, earthenware circa 1890, Providential Tile Works, 
Trenton, New Jersey, 1886-1913.]

The cool, crisp air of an art museum and three current exhibitions, in particular, should lure ceramics fans away from Charlotte's summer heat and into the Mint Museum Randolph: A Thriving Tradition - 75 Years of Collecting North Carolina Pottery (the largest show with over 100 pieces),  The American Art Tile, 1880-1940, and The Shape of Life: Contemporary Native American Ceramics.

[Tile with Water Lily, earthenware, circa 1900, Kensington Art Tile Company, 
Newport, Kentucky, 1885-1893.]

I know that all sorts of design enthusiasts have been coming to Charlotte to see Laura Vinroot Poole's boutique Capitol, with its chic Barrie Benson interiors and jaw-droppingly beautiful vertical garden wall created by Patrick Blanc. If you're new to the region and less familiar with the Mint, it's a must for the itinerary, too, as it has such a strong focus on decorative arts, design, textiles, and fashion. Of course, pottery is probably the most widely-known craft tradition associated with North Carolina; the Mint holds more NC wares than any other public collection in the U.S. and has also acquired a serious collection of English, Asian and Continental European ceramics as well as American Art Pottery. Learn about the museum's upcoming 8th Annual Potters Market Invitational here.

10 comments:

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I am excited to see the exhibit, it's around the corner from my house! Beautiful and interesting earthenware photographs, what interesting patterns they are!

Style Court said...

Laura -- one of the patterns might inspire one of your trademark blog posts...or a room :)

Lacquered Life said...

These tiles are absolutely beautiful. I love the first one. It is amazing what we used to do with tile work. In preservation projects there is nothing better than uncovering tiles that were unappreciated and resurrecting them!

Jamie Herzlinger said...

Happy Summer! Beautiful tiles! I loved keeping up with your blog! Love, Jamie Herzlinger

Style Court said...

LL -- I'm sure you've come across so many stunning and/or intriguing tiles in your preservation work. Glad you like the first one here.

Jamie -- thanks!

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

Hi Court,
I did not know that pottery was a widely-known craft tradition of North Carolina. I would love to go to the Mint and Capitol, too!!
PS... LOVE your new blog banner! ox

oliveandwhite said...

I love this post for two reasons. First I live in NC and love the NC pottery which is so famous around the country. Second because I did not know about the exhibition nor about Mint and Capitol. I am only about 2 hours from there, so have to plan a visit!

Maria

Decor Arts Now said...

I love these tun of the last century Arts and Crats styl tiles.i have some reproductions in my house but swoon over the originals!
Lynn from Decor Arts Now

Style Court said...

Barbara -- you would really appreciate the Mint and the boutique. Very you...and thanks for noticing!

Style Court said...

Oh, Maria, then you'll have to go! So glad you saw this post :)

Lynn -- glad you like the tiles, too.