Pottery on display at Campbellsville University until Feb. 14

By Gracyne Hash, student intern writer, Office of University Communications
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University is displaying pieces of art created by Suzanne Renfrow of Morgantown, Ky. through Feb. 14 at The Pence-Chowning Art Gallery, 205 University Drive, Campbellsville, Ky.

There will be a reception at The Pence-Chowning Art Gallery on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to the exhibit and reception.

Renfrow has been a potter for 20 years and owns a Pottery Studio in Morgantown where she creates her artwork and finds inspiration for new pieces. Renfrow spends many hours working in her pottery studio, fashioning pots in different styles and finding different ways to shape and design the pieces.

The past two summers Renfrow has had the opportunity to travel out West and experience the designs of Native American Pottery, which she said inspired her body of work that she created last summer. Renfrow said, “I challenge myself to create new and different projects,” and this is shown through her creations.

Renfrow began by designing and creating large coil pots and began focusing mainly on the clean lines of the coils. She then began to replicate her pots into a smaller design and over time added new and different details and designs to each pot so that each one was unique.

Several of these types of pots will be on display at Campbellsville University.

Renfrow has also completed many playful pieces of wood art such as pieces of wood slab with impressions in them. Renfrow said pieces usually have to be fired for three days and reach a temperature of up to 2350 F. The processes being used give the pieces a natural look from the fire and wood ash.

Renfrow also uses the size and the texture of her creations to convey the tradition displayed through her pieces, some of which are the repetition of different lines and shapes.

Renfrow’s pieces display many different aspects of size, texture and shape along with the inspiration that she has gained throughout her many years or being an artist and many are on display to see.

For more information, contact Davie Reneau, associate professor of art, at dreneau@campbellsville.edu.

Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 13,000 students offering more than 90 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs. The university has off-campus centers in Kentucky cities Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset, Hodgenville and Liberty with Kentucky instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville. The university also has a full complement of online programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.