GULFPORT - Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will host a reception Saturday, Aug. 16, 6 to 10 p.m., to highlight a large cache of newly arrived work by popular pottery artist Bari Precious.
Domain’s monthly Third Saturday gallery openings take place at 3129 Beach Boulevard South in Gulfport. Live entertainment by jazz saxophonist Henry Ashwood will also be featured during the evening, and complimentary sangria and hors d’oeuvre will be offered.
The colorful and functional pottery of Bari Precious has been a hit since it was first offered by Domain more than three years ago. It is now collected by a number of locals and visitors, and this large new selection of pieces will be sure to attract even more collectors.
Domain is the only retailer offering her work west of the Mississippi River. 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. Domain also offers copies of some of Bari’s favorite recipes which can be made using her stoneware pottery including baked brie, brownies, banana bread, honey-mustard chicken, and baked fish.
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 U.S., 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.”
Domain Home Accessories & Gallery offers a large variety of unique art, décor, jewelry, cards, home goods and more, and has been one of Gulfport’s most treasured retailers for over 12 years.
“& Gallery” opened in 2012 in the adjacent space and showcases the work of more than 40 local and regional artists in a variety of media.
“Meet the Artists” events at “& Gallery” occur during Gulfport’s 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.