Beverly has a big smile and twinkling eyes, but don’t let that fool you – she wants you to know she’s ornery. That being said, she is also a master potter and ceramicist, and was one of the founders of the Arts Guild way back in 1976. In fact, she is the sole longest term member. Beverly was born in Washington D.C., but spent her youth in Georgia until 1970 when she moved to Sonoma. In 1975 she began her business and has maintained her studio for 23 years, which is located in the La Haye Art Center half a block east of the Sonoma Plaza, where she produces functional pottery, limited editions and one-of-a-kind ceramics for galleries, restaurants and wineries. We found her in the studio today and invited her to take a break with us.
“Beverly, when were you first drawn to art?”
I took my first art class at the University of Georgia from Erwin Breithaupt, who was a real goofball in the nice sense. He was full of energy and was very sexy too. His class was called ”Art in the Dark” and it was exactly that! Students were lined up in the dark and given newsprint and charcoal, then shown flash slides to draw from. You didn’t know what you were doing, you just quickly drew what you saw. I was 18 and that was my introduction to art. Then later on I took a pottery class in the same college from Eulala Amos and I really liked it.
“Did you have a teacher that stands out?”
Well yes, definitely Erwin and Eulala.
“Do you teach classes?”
I did, for many years. A lot of 6 to 8 week classes at the Sonoma Community Center.
“What is your schedule of the day?”
I come in fairly early, check emails, check things in process and start new projects, the regular stuff.
“Do you listen to music or other media?”
Yes, mainly jazz. It’s my favorite. Unless there’s a Giants game on – that takes precedence over everything!
“Where would someone never find you? Trick question – where would you hate to be?”
A shopping mall. Shopping of any kind.
“What do you feel is the future of art – of all kinds?”
You need to place emphasis on the left brain to appreciate art. Art should be made available to everyone in schools, because you know the privileged of the world can afford art lessons, but what about inner city kids? You need community involvement. This isn’t a dress rehearsal. My advice to people starting out would be … just do it, any way you want to. Disregard the opinions of others!
We are fortunate to display Beverly’s pottery and ceramics in the Arts Guild gallery. She may also be reached directly at her website: www.beverlyprevostpottery.com