Artist Bari Precious will display her pottery during Domain Home Accessories & Gallery “Meet the Artists” event Saturday, Feb. 15, 6 to 10 p.m. at 3129 Beach Blvd. S.
GULFPORT - Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will host a reception to welcome visiting pottery artist Bari Precious during its next “Meet the Artists” event Saturday, Feb. 15, 6 to 10 p.m. at 3129 Beach Blvd. S.
The artist, who makes her home near Springfield, Mo., will be taking a “road trip” with a large selection of her pottery for shows along the way. She will have an extensive collection of her colorful and functional pottery on display and for sale, and will chat about her colorful life and work with visitors.
Live entertainment by jazz saxophonist Henry Ashwood will also be featured during the evening, and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre will be offered.
The pottery of Bari Precious has been featured at Domain for nearly three years. Working in her “Precious Pots” studio in the rural outskirts of Springfield, she produces a variety of stoneware pottery that is art with practical applications in the home. Her hand-painted designs and glazes display a sense of tribal or geometric or nature-inspired influences.
In addition to vases, pitchers and mugs, she creates plates, platters and dishes that are specifically designed to be safe for use in ovens, microwaves and barbecues. Precious also offers to pottery-buyers copies of some of her favorite recipes which can be made using her stoneware pottery including baked brie, brownies, banana bread, honey-mustard chicken, and baked fish. She is fond of serving samples of her brownies to visitors, and these will also be served during her visit.
Bari Precious was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia and became interested in working with clay from an early age, going on to study sculpture at the Vancouver School of Art.
She left school to embark upon other adventures, including farming and communal life in rural British Columbia, and then travels through Europe, Asia and the Middle East during the 1970s.
She nurtured her fascination with Iran by spending time there teaching art and English, and later returning to work with archeologists by building a kiln and reassembling excavated pottery.
On return to the United States, she raised her family for several years before reentering university studies and earning a B.F.A. in ceramics. Her studio, gardens and home in the Missouri countryside are comfortable spaces where visitors are welcome to stop, share tea and peruse her “Precious Pots.”
“Meet the Artists” events at “& Gallery” occur during Gulfport’s popular third Saturday Art Walk. Artists and artisans line the sidewalks of scenic Beach Boulevard on Art Walk evenings. Independent shops and boutiques, live glassblowing at the Industrial Arts Center, live music venues, street performers, and Gulfport’s popular restaurants are all part of the lively Art Walk scene.
Parking in the waterfront village is free. Free trolleys are available for visitors parking in remote sites for transportation to and from the hub of Art Walk. For more information, call Daniel Hodge at 727-366-4086, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit domainhomeaccessories.com.