This annual spring show was developed within the past decade to widen public knowledge about the breadth and depth of functional ceramics today. Beginning in April, 2008, The Janette Kennedy Gallery of Dallas hosted some of the nation's most recognized functional ceramicists on an annual basis through 2011. These four shows were a unique opportunity for collectors and the art buying public to talk to the individual artists while viewing their work. In April, 2012, the Dallas Pottery Invitational moved to the suburb of Addison, to The Gallery at Addison Visitors Center, where it has continued to grow and gain appeal in its new location.
In recent years, the art scene in the greater Dallas area has flourished.
Yet at the same time it has overlooked functional pottery, continuing the myth that such work cannot be viewed as 'art'. We consider this to be a disservice to the Dallas public. It is our hope that the Dallas Pottery Invitational has changed this misconception.
Five to seven artists form a core group that will present their work each year. The other participants will vary from year to year so the public will always be introduced to new clay voices from across the nation.