Mattie B’s, 105 N. Main St., Stuart, will showcase local ceramic artist David Lunt’s Chemo Delusion collection on Friday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 8:30 p.m. The collection includes approximately 100 ceramic pieces, including bird feeders and houses, bowls, platters, pitchers and vases.
Lunt, who has battled pancreatic cancer since April, creates his Chemo Delusion pieces while coping with the mental fog of “chemo-brain,” he said.
His goal for this collection is two-fold: to bring the C-word into the light where people can talk honestly about the disease, and to raise money for patients who can’t afford cancer treatment.
Lunt has committed to giving 100 percent of his art sales to help patients at Carillion Roanoke’s Blue Ridge Cancer Care who are struggling with the cost of treatment; and he’s keeping the pieces affordable, he said. “Unlike most benefits where you pay a lot more, mine is just the opposite,” Lunt continued. “The prices are very good.”
Lunt’s work exhibits a wide range of colors and glazes, including a new glaze he calls Patrick County because it reminds him of the colors he sees in the Patrick County landscape. Lunt will also bring several of his crystalline-glaze pieces.
Crystalline glazing is a challenging process in which the glaze is melted and cooled in the kiln in a way that allows the glaze molecules to arrange themselves in large crystals. Many of the pieces break during the process, Lunt explained, making those pieces that do survive all the more rare.
-Angela H. Hill