Past Best in Show Recipients

Every year, the Art League of Marion chooses one exhibitor at Hungry Mother Festival to receive the award of Best in Show. Below is a short list of past recipients of the award.


The Best in Show recipient of the 45th Annual Hungry Mother Festival (July 2018) was Gloria C. Howard from Lynchburg, Virginia!

Gloria C. Howard’s motivation and love of pottery originally came from Native American pottery that she collected through her husband’s mission trips to different reservations. He would return with a pot, and she would hold it in her hands and have a burning desire to learn how to make it herself. After experiencing this a number of times she finally gave in to this desire and found her first pottery class. She was hooked. The clay held for her something that was soul satisfying, like she had finally found what she had been searching for.

Howard studied locally before going on to study at Penland Craft School in North Carolina, with Jon Ellenbogen and Becky Plummer, and most recently at La Merridianna in Tuscany, Italy. She has been influenced by many famous potters, including Cynthia Bringle and Tom Coleman, and she is always open to new inspiration that can be transferred to clay. Raku and Horse Hair firing are currently a real passion for her. She also loves to make beautiful pieces for serving with–not necessarily whole sets of dishes, but special pieces to offset sets you already use.

Congratulations to Gloria on winning Best in Show!

Photographs of Gloria C. Howard’s work can be viewed below (click to enlarge):


The Best in Show recipient of the 44th Annual Hungry Mother Festival (July 2017) is Dana Godsey from Crab Orchard, TN!

Dana’s primitive stitchery and artwork was wonderfully displayed in antique suitcases and vegetable crates. Antique fabric and other antique sewing items drew visitors into her booth. Her handcrafted frames contain prints of her artwork and that of her late mother. Parts of well-loved quilts also find a place in her artwork.

Congratulations to Dana on winning Best in Show!

Photographs of Dana Godsey’s work can be viewed below (click to enlarge):


HungryMotherFestival2016-82The Best in Show recipient of the 43rd Annual Hungry Mother Festival (July 2016) is Jim, Eric, and Cindy Rice from Boone, NC!

Jim, Cindy, and Eric Rice create handcrafted .925 sterling and .999 fine silver and gemstone jewelry that can be seen on their official website Turtle Old Man Sterling and Fine Silver Jewelry.  Jim’s jewelry is hand-wrapped and even includes lapidary work on the gemstones, cutting and polishing them as well as making the mountings.

Congratulations to Jim, Cindy, and Eric Rice on winning Best in Show!

Photographs of Turtle Old Man work can be viewed below (click to enlarge):


P7192164The Best in Show recipient of the 42nd Annual Hungry Mother Festival (July 2015) was Becca Irvin from Johnson City, TN!

Becca focuses on functional stoneware for the home, crystalline glazed porcelain, and sculptural ceramic work, which beckon visitors to her booth. All of Becca’s works are thrown on the wheel and high fired in a gas reduction style kiln.

Congratulations to Becca Irvin on winning Best in Show!

 

Photographs of her work can be viewed below (click to enlarge):

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IMG_9565The Best in Show recipients of the 41st Annual Hungry Mother Festival (July 2014) were Pat and Ron Radar from Greeneville, TN!

Adorable bears, bright sunflowers, cute sheep wearing bandanas, and colorful birds beckon visitors to their booth. Pat enjoys doing all the painting freehand while husband Ron is responsible for the wonderful woodwork. No patterns are used in any of their work.

Congratulations to Pat and Ron Radar on winning Best in Show!

 

Photographs of their work can be viewed below (click to enlarge):

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The Best in Show recipients of the 40th Annual Hungry Mother Festival (July 2013) were Amber Poole and Daniel Carathers from Lexington, VA!

Amber and Daniel of Earth, Fire, and Spirit pottery create functional and decorative artistic pottery. They produce handmade, high-fire reduction stoneware with slip trail decoration, copper red, and rutile blue glazes made from family recipes handed down over generations.

Congratulations to Amber Poole and Daniel Carathers on winning Best in Show!


The Best in Show recipient of the 39th Annual Hungry Mother Festival (July 2012) was Morris Dutton from Kingsport, TN with Morris’ wire trees!

Congratulations to Morris Dutton on winning Best in Show!


The Best in Show recipient of the 38th Annual Hungry Mother Festival (July 2011) was Bruce Cole from Kingsport, TN with his photography!

Congratulations to Bruce Cole on winning Best in Show!


The Best in Show recipient of the 37th Annual Hungry Mother Festival (July 2010) was Lou Humphreys from Raleigh, NC with Lou’s fine handcrafted jewelry!

Congratulations to Lou Humphreys on winning Best in Show!


The Best in Show recipient of the 36th Annual Hungry Mother Festival (July 2009) was Ned Johnson from Marion, VA with his art!

Congratulations to Ned Johnson on winning Best in Show!


The Best in Show recipient of the 35th Annual Hungry Mother Festival (July 2008) was Jim Phillips from Jacksboro, TN with his hand-woven baskets!

Congratulations to Jim Phillips on winning Best in Show!

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