Georgia Potter Gets a Gigantic Commission (and Survives)

 The first 100 of a nearly 630-piece commission for LaGrange, Georgia, potter Genna Grushevenko.

My pal Genna Gruchevenko has been unbelievably fired up lately. Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Potters call forth so many good wordplays. But seriously, the Ukrainian-born potter was recently asked to do a 630-pot job for Kia, the big new employer in Troup County, and he's nearly finished. It's a pretty huge mountain to climb, and, though I haven't yet checked with him, likely a once-in-a-career type gig. Well-deserved, I might add.

Genna and his wife Signe (who I wrote about in the May 2007 Georgia issue) live in my hometown, and, year after lucky year, the duo keeps sparking creativity on South Greenwood. They helped found what's called the Artists in Residence house, a studio space/gallery. They inspire locals to follow their own art callings (my mom can attest). And, they're just plain fun to be around.

Though, if the pics on Signe and Genna's blog are any indicator, no one's seen much of him for a few weeks. Keep going Genna, you're almost free and kiln. I mean clear.



See the killer work of both Georgia artists this and next month in Savannah and Asheville. In Savannah, Signe will be at the Telfair Air Fair on November 14-15. Then, starting on the 21st, they'll have a solo show in Asheville's 16Patton Gallery. See a new painting (oil on linen) by Signe below.



  1. Gibbs Baum

    Cool to hear a potter getting a good commission…seems few & far between. Check out my twist on the conventional scene at my web site

    May 20, 2010 at 11:35 am
  2. TB

    Signe Gruskevenko, the wife of the potter. There is a link to her website.

    February 1, 2010 at 8:33 am
  3. Angie

    I love this paining above of the three boys. Could you tell me who the artist is?

    February 1, 2010 at 7:05 am
  4. Joe and Julie Watson

    Hi Joe and Julie Do you happen to know this potter from La Grange, GA? Just thought you might find this Link story to be of interest, esp. if you happen to know this talented woman.
    Love, Mom

    December 1, 2009 at 8:25 pm

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