Carbondale Clay Center’s ‘Pairings’ offers functional art for sale |

Carbondale Clay Center’s ‘Pairings’ offers functional art for sale

Carla Jean Whitley



Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main St., Carbondale

Friday, 6-9 p.m.

Free admission, $5 drink tickets, or two drink tickets included with purchase of a vessel (prices vary)


Some think of art as something you find in a gallery or museum. It’s the oil painting hung behind a couch or the sculpture you’re drawn to but don’t necessarily understand.

Yes, that’s art. But it also extends beyond those walls and into everyday life. Two types of functional art will be on display at Carbondale Clay Center’s “Pairings” reception: ceramic vessels and handcrafted beverages.

The annual event is a fundraiser for the center’s educational programs and exhibitions.

“I have such an instant connection with my functional pottery,” said Angela Bruno, the center’s executive director. “You’re serving your friends wine out of these cups made by people you know and admire. It’s a piece of art that can be used and held in our hand. There’s such a great connection with ceramics.”

About 20 artists have created all manner of vessels —cups and mugs, but also sake sets, pitchers and bowls. Patrons can purchase the items, which start at $15 and range up to $150. They will then pair the vessel with a beverage from one of six local vendors: Bonfire Coffee, Marble Distillery, Roaring Fork Beer Company, Elevated Elixirs, Suerte Tequila and wine provided by Rhumba Girl Liquor.

Those vendors are another part of the artistic relationship. Bruno said the event shows off collaborative possibilities and highlights the community’s assets.

During this, the center’s 20th year, the event returns to the center itself. The center’s team will use the anniversary as a time to look forward and think strategically about the organization’s direction.

“So our events are going to be a little more intimate and family oriented and community oriented,” Bruno said.

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