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The artistry of Jim Yurk at the Tehachapi Museum Exhibit and sale of fine pottery on First Friday


October 27, 2018

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Jim Yurk's pottery currently exhibited at the Tehachapi Museum includes large wall hanging flowers, large plates, bowls, squashes, and art pieces that are for sale during the exhibit.

The newest exhibit at the Tehachapi Museum features the unique handmade pottery of Jim Yurk. Since his death in 2012, Jim's wife has searched for a home for the hundreds of objects he had completed before his passing. A variety of Yurk's work in stoneware, including bowls, mugs, plates, sea urchins, fish, acorn squash and large flowers are on display at the Museum. All of Yurk's pottery will be available for purchase with savings of up to 50 percent.

After he retired from a 33 year career as an aerospace engineer, Yurk pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a full time potter. His creations won many awards and were exhibited at juried art shows as far away as New Mexico. Yurk also exhibited at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, San Luis Central Coast Craftmakers Show, Maturango Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of History, Sierra Madre Friends of the Library Art Show, Sierra Madre Creative Arts and Descanso Gardens in LaCanada Flintridge.

His large flowers measure from 16 to 22 inches in width and include double flowers, made as separate pieces and then fused together in the firing process. Each is bisque fired and glazed separately before fusing together. They make a spectacular impact when hung on the wall and sold extremely well at Descanso Gardens in LaCanada Flintridge. Many local homes feature his spectacular flowers on their walls.

Don't miss this opportunity to view or acquire a one-of-a-kind piece of fine art at a reduced price, as well as smaller gift items for the holidays. The Tehachapi Museum is located at 310 S. Green Street and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. In addition, the Museum is open on First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. serving appetizers, desserts, champagne and wine. This month's refreshments will reflect the fall season. For more information, call the museum at (661) 822-8152.


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