Thomasville Times Enterprise


March 29, 2014

Center to kick off ‘Made by Hand’

THOMASVILLE — Thomasville Center for the Arts has linked two of Thomasville’s most dynamic and creative makers for a one-of-a-kind art sale and exhibition. TCA artist-in-residence Julie Guyot and Relics owner Melissa Rigsby have filled TCA on Broad with hand-crafted ceramic wares, artfully repurposed furniture and rustic treasures for an event called “Made by Hand,” which will run through May 10.

On Friday from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., the center will host an opening reception at 116 N. Broad St. featuring Guyot’s handmade serving wares and Rigsby’s rustic-chic interior accents. Guyot’s cheese and charcuterie platters, featuring Sweet Grass Dairy delights will accompany cakes and other comestibles served on wares made particularly for the event. Additional items — bowls, mugs and art pieces — will be on sale, along with Rigsby’s decorative items and furniture, through the end of the event.

“When Julie mentioned the idea of collaborating with Melissa Rigsby for this installation, I immediately thought it would be a match made in heaven,” said TCA Adult Education Manager Ashley Ivey. “The end product of this collaboration is going to be spectacular." 

Guyot, a ceramic and mixed media artist from Tallahassee, Fla., was selected as TCA’s first artist-in-residence last October. She and her kiln occupy studio space at 209 W. Remington Ave. where she has been hand forming and firing ceramic pieces daily, as well as teaching courses to the public. Her work has been featured in Ceramic Arts Daily, Tallahassee Woman,and in the books 500 Prints on Clay, and 500 Plates and Chargers, both published by Lark. Guyot’s art pieces and functional wares reflect an aesthetic born of her nostalgia for the 1930s, and the edgy neons of her 1980’s adolescence.

“I'm excited to show my work in Thomasville,” said Guyot. “I've been working hard these past few weeks on some new designs that will be available for the first time at the exhibition.”

Thomasville native and longtime downtown business ownerRigsby, of Relics, has an eye for repurposing wares that is both genius and slap-your-forehead simplistic. When it comes to lighting fixtures, especially, there is nothing Rigsby won’t wire and string with light bulbs, including old world fire extinguishers, mattress springs, kitchen whisks and other repurposed items that account for the inimitable aesthetic of Relics, which draws customers from all over the United States. To match Guyot’s ceramic pieces, Rigsby has given the interior of TCA on Broad a matchless vintage ambience.

"The rich textures and surfaces of Melissa's pieces perfectly compliment Julie's delicately layered ceramic pieces," said Ivey.

Each piece of work for sale in this limited-time exhibition is a handmade treasure made by local talent, and no two items are alike. The opening reception for “Made by Hand” is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, or to become a Center member, visit

About Thomasville Center for the Arts

The Thomasville Center for the Arts, formerly the Thomasville Cultural Center, opened in 1986. The new Thomasville Center for the Arts seeks to enrich, inspire, create, soothe, provoke and connect through artistic experiences. The center has three locations: the historic East Side School building at 600 E. Washington St, 116 S. Broad St. and 209 W. Remington Ave.. They can be reached by calling (229) 226-0588, or online at


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