Turlock ceramics artist Jerry Barlow will be showing off some of his latest creations at the Ventana Gallery in Sonora.
Barlow has been forming clay into works of art for 40 years, with his latest exhibit featuring works that are highly carved and stained to mimic ancient writing.
“One thing man can’t create is time. But we can cheat a little,” Barlow stated on the gallery’s website. “I enjoy making objects that evoke a sense of age and wear. I’m trying to develop glazing and decorating techniques that show the effects of time on the piece of pottery. I hope my pots feel like they have been to places I can’t go. They attempt to bridge the gap between now and then. I am attracted to objects and forms from many cultures, oriental and occidental. I’m just beginning to scratch the surface.”
Barlow earned his bachelor of arts degree at San Jose State and his master of education degree at the University of San Francisco. He has taught at Turlock and Livingston high schools and is the current owner of Artworx Signs and Graphics.
The exhibit will open Aug. 5 and run through Sept. 18. An opening reception is planned for 5 p.m. Aug. 6 at the gallery.
The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. It is located at 48 S. Washington Street in Sonora.