A Cut Above The Rest

A Retrospective on the Life & Works of Gwen Foltz – Opening Spring 2021

The Foltz Folk Life Foundation is pleased to announce their first in a series of retrospectives celebrating traditional folk art and the craftspeople who create these works of art.  These retrospectives will focus on the folk artist in the context of their lives, family and collections.  We are pleased to announce the first of these retrospectives will open to the public at the Foltz Pottery Shop on April 10, 2021.  The exhibit titled ‘A Cut Above the Rest’, will focus on the paper cuttings of the Gwen A. Foltz the late wife of potter Ned Foltz and creative force at the Foltz Pottery.

Most people know Gwen only as the jovial woman behind the food served at Ned’s shows at the pottery shop or the woman behind the decorations that transformed a humble 19th century school house into a seasonal wonderland.  Many people don’t know that Gwen was an artist in her own right.  She created signs for the pottery, eyepopping Easter egg trees, and wonderfully endearing paper cuttings. Sitting in the living room of their renovated 18th century mill Gwen drew, cutout, painted and framed her charming creations.  Many of her cutouts were used for invitations to Ned’s shows and were given as gifts to friends and family.  She would occasionally sell her paper cuttings at Ned’s shows. These paper cuttings varied in theme in size.  She created colorful and graphic designs featuring cats, dogs, goats, Santa’s, rabbits, crosses and her beloved turkeys.

The retrospective will feature dozens of pieces by Gwen many never before seen by the public. These pieces will be intertwined with other crafts people she loved and collected.   If you have any original works by Gwen please contact the foltz folklife foundation using this form.