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Renato Abbate makes wonderful pottery
Featured this month at Cape Fear Native is the wonderful pottery collection of Renato Abbate. His mugs, bowls, plates, masks, magnets and wall hangings all reveal a unique and creative approach to his art.
Abbate came to Wilmington from Italy 20 years ago. International experiences have influenced his life and work.
Studying under master potter Hiroshi Sueyoshi, Abbate came to find his passion for pottery. He regards clay and ceramics from an anthropological perspective.
Abbate has been teaching and showing pottery in the Wilmington community for several years. His work is often whimsical and humorous. Many mugs are adorned with intricate carvings of creatures and faces. More of his work can be seen here.
Acknowledging he has fun making these unique pieces, Abbate also believes that art should be accessible for all. "People have been making things out of clay for more than twenty five thousand years. The process of turning mud into something functional and beautiful is just amazing," he says.
Abbate is on the faculty at Dreams of Wilmington, a local non-profit organization that provides free education for children in the literary, visual and performing arts.
Cape Fear Native features the works of local artists and craftspeople inspired by nature. Here you'll find original paintings on canvas and reclaimed river wood, handmade jewelry, local photography, sail bags, handmade wood products, tiles, note cards, historic maps, books and our exclusive Wilmington city map tees/totes/prints.
Come in and support your local creative community - they have much to offer us!