Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival to Spotlight Ceramicist Gregory Story – Travel And Tour World

Spotlighting Gregory Story at the 55th Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson, May 4-5. A journey from psychology to ceramics, with unique art.

At the 55th edition of the Cottonwood Art Festival, taking place in Richardson on May 4-5, the spotlight shines on ceramic artist Gregory Story. Born and raised in South Texas, Story pursued an initial path in psychology at Texas Christian University before embracing his passion for ceramics at the University of Texas at Arlington. Approximately 14 years ago, he relocated his Modern Clay studio from Fort Worth to Chicago.

Story’s renowned smiley face sculptures were initially conceived as a warm gesture of reunion in the aftermath of COVID-19. He has since introduced a vibrant series of ballcap sculptures in shades of orange, blue, black, and red. These wall-mounted ball sculptures feature specially designed inserts, allowing them to be displayed in a way that gives the illusion of floating. In collaboration with a skilled cabinet maker, Story has crafted wooden mounts inspired by the traditional French Cleat, offering a seamless installation aesthetic. His work has gained significant attention, leading to custom orders for expansive collections of over 200 pieces for corporate spaces.

Expanding his artistic repertoire, Story is currently focusing on a series named “Ridiculous,” showcasing everyday objects such as flower vases and tissue box covers transformed into items of both utility and extravagant whimsy.

Exclusive festival merchandise, including items adorned with the iconic yellow smiley faces and Story’s other creations, will be up for grabs. These items range from posters and T-shirts to tank tops and various memorabilia, available for purchase both at the event and online.

Set against the backdrop of Cottonwood Park at 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., Richardson, Texas, the Cottonwood Art Festival invites guests without charge. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2024. Festival-goers can look forward to a diverse array of attractions including live performances on two stages, a selection of craft beers, a variety of food trucks, ArtStop activity stations for children, and over 190 booths featuring art from across the globe.

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