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10: J One of Bill Wilhelmi's not-so-ordinary pots. cont. from page 3 concepts and serious regard for the nature of the materials used elevate the objects into a realm of spatial and symbolic consciousness. Eleanor Merrill' s woven "experi- ences" are remarkable. Her work has that quality of making one initially unaware of"weaving" per se. She uses unusual materials such as recycled waste fibers and thick sisal-like matting used to protect soil from eroding during the building of highways--material that is uncomfort- able and impossible, it seems, to work with. Two :large companion hangings are greyish atmospheres thickly tex- tured with fine tangles of brightly-col- ored threads; they are like a soft and merging cosmos--they have affinities with the paintings of Jackson Pollock. A potter from Corpus Christi, William Wilhelmi has had some reknown with his amazing, funky tour- de-forces in elegant decadence and purple-passioned reverie. His ceramic sculptures are traditionally the right size, substance and scale were they ordinary pots, but these are not ordinary pots. The work looks like well- preserved rejects from Gloria Swan- son's furnishings in Sunset Boulevard or maybe relics from a Chinese restaur- ant, circa 1930. The colors are quietly lurid, and the objects embellished sometimes with beads, tassles, and on one, tiny monkey-like figures. Anathema to purists, a little on the tacky side, but nevertheless interest- ing, they sit there in spotlights of mini- Hollywood grandeur. Steve Reynolds and Danville Chadbourne are potters closer to tradi- tional forms, but each has a distinctly personal approach to his work. Jewelers B////)odd and Tom Nichols are from Austin, and work closely together on jewelry pieces that are symbolic in nature and intent. Combin- ations of elements such as bone, feathers, stone and metals are intended to imbue the wearer with a kind of magical power. Nichols and Dedd call themselves "symbolists" and are making "ritual objects as acts of devotion." Austin is a town where younger, more adventurous artists and crafts- men have little chance to indepen- dently show their work. Things are hopefully changing. A seemingly ambitious enterprise is a new gallery called ine apers. Located at 212 W. 4th St. next to the Gaslight Theatre, it opened this week to rave reviews-- The kiln at ine apers--hand-built from an old boiler. about the space itself, since no work was yet on view during the reception: Ceramists Steve Humphrey and Wlllem Kaars-Sijepesteijn acquired the old paper warehouse (the name ine apers evolved out of what was left of the sign above the entrance: Fine Papers) about a year ago to renovate as a studio/workshop. Seeing its potential as a gallery also, they dre the support of Patricia Wilson, who helping to organize exhibitions of other artists and craftsmen. Steve and Willem have adapted the building to their own needs, including the construction of an outdoor kiln. Both are professionals, with intensive work in ceramics behind them as well as having exhibited in many galleries and shows throughout the country. ine apers could be just what Austin needs.../]' high standards are estal lished, along with a sense of artistic aim and direction. A group showing of collages, drawings and paintings on view now are not by any means the best work that artists in Austin have to offer. I'm not sure that the plan to show a continuous selection of the work of various artists is a good one the people at ine apers would do better to adopt a plan supporting the strengths and purposes inherent in the one-man-show concept. In the Seventies, the concern for natural materials--as a reaction to the general disenchantment with mass production--has led, I think, to a cont. on page 11 the 5th Invites you to share concepts of craft. POTS t PLANTS t JEWELRY WOODWORKt THREADSt ETC. 119 East 5t_h Street between Congress &Brazos 10 - 8 p.m. Daily Our newest designs will be available lOa.m. Barton Springs Pottery J 1900 Barton Springs Rd, From the people that gave you gunpowder, paper money and egg foo yung. Pretty clever, those Chinese. These hand-woven bamboo containers are imported from Shanghai, where the art of bamboo basketry has been practiced for generations. Each piece is composed of hundreds of closely-plaited splints and filaments. When completed, it is lacquered and then brightly painted. Bambooware ranges from $7 to $20. Please drop by and inspect them for yourself. ERY DOBIE 2nd floor ,Mon-Fri !.O-9/Sat 11- 9 4 77. 0343