CRAFT gallery will opens a new show Friday, Aug. 5 with works by glass artist David Jacobson and eight of the foremost and respected potters in Maine today — Autumn Cipala, Robert Lash, David Orser, George Pearlman, Gail Savitz, Diana Thomas, Scott Tubby and Simon van der Ven.

Hand-built or wheel thrown, ceramic art is the convergence of painting, sculpture, architecture and design. Each of these eight potters has a distinct style and method of working, using a variety of clays, methods of firing and innovative glazing techniques.  Influences vary from minimal art, Japanese aesthetic and classical forms. Some celebrate the errors and flaws that make a work come alive; some prefer the serenity and perfection of translucent glazes that hide little.

Jacobson, CRAFT’s exclusive glass artist, combines contemporary colors with classical forms, often employing texture with color.  Uneven surfaces and edges are intentional and invite touching, with influences coming from textile designs, animal markings and geometric patterns. He has studied classical and advanced techniques and still is exploring new ways of working in glass.

To complement and counterbalance the power of pottery and glass in “Fire, Ash, Salt and Smoke,” CRAFT also will display Susan van Campen’s two watercolors “Sunflower, November I & II,” an exquisite nod to the coming of autumn. For more information, call 594-0167 or visit craftonelm.com.

CRAFT gallery is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm St. It is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.