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Ceramic show fires up Depot Art Center in Steamboat Springs

Nicole Inglis

Ceramic artists Deb Babcock, left, and Barb Gregoire will host the All Fired Up! art reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

— The geometric shapes, bright colors and warm, inviting lines of Barb Gregoire and Deb Babcock's new pottery show don't end with the ceramic art.

The motifs from their two very different creative styles have bubbled out of the pots, bowls, trays and mugs and onto the walls of the Depot Art Center.

The monthlong pottery show All Fired Up! has transformed the art gallery space into a welcoming tableau of colorful pieces combined with simple paintings directly on the walls of the Depot using designs from the pottery itself.

A reception for the show is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Depot. The reception will feature live music from Bevan Frost, appetizers and drinks.

Babcock's series features her first foray into using aspen trees to decorate her kitchenware and wall pieces subtly.

Her theme consists of playful, bright geometry while Gregoire's series used muted blues and detailed carving patterns.

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Neither artist had seen the other's work until they brought it to the Depot last week, but both agreed each style complemented the other well.

"I love it, and I just thought that mine wasn't worthy," Babcock said about her friend's work. "I just love the color, the matte glaze, and I love the intricacy of her carvings."

Gregoire said Babcock's style is a reflection of the smile that seems to adorn her face permanently.

"Her pottery is like that — it's very happy, very cheerful, and it's lively," Gregoire said.

Both series consist of mostly functional art, which Babcock said holds a different kind of satisfaction than finishing a painting and hanging it on a wall.

"People have a cup they like to drink out of, they have their favorite cereal bowl," Babcock said. "It becomes a part of someone's everyday life."

Gregoire picked up one of her nearby pieces — a teacup that tilted slightly to one side — and cupped it in both of her hands.

She said it wasn't the kind of mug that you pour coffee into and walk around the house with.

It's for sitting comfortably with a good friend and stimulating conversation.

"You have your warm beverage in there, and the warmth is going all the way through you," Gregoire said. "It's art, but it's art that can be touched and felt."

Gregoire said the charm of pottery is how every piece starts off as the same material, but each artist's vision shapes it into a final product that no one else could have made.

"That's the thing about pottery: You all just start out with a lump of clay," Gregoire said.

— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com

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