Precedence. History. Both of these words mean a lot to potter and artist Andy Quient. He has looked thoroughly into the past for inspiration. Educated in the -Humanities, Architecture and Art Education he has employed all those disciplines throughout his life and in this exhibit at Salmon Falls Gallery in Shelburne Falls, MA, they come together. After selling his pottery studio and school in Haydenville, MA, Quient decided to take up rendering some of the beautiful classic buildings in this region just for fun. For the drawing style, Quient was inspired by The École des Beaux Arts in France, who modeled their studies on classical ‘antiquities’, and were dedicated to preserving these idealized forms to pass them on to future generations. Most of this past summer I saw Andy sitting outside the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls, drawing its beautiful exterior. Andy was creating an ‘as-built drawing,’ a drawing made after a building is completed. Quient carefully works to make the drawing as precise as possible, something an architect would understand the need for. Andy shared with me something rather wonderful about the floor plan of the Arms Library: it looks like an open book! Ask the librarians about it sometime. The artist has partnered with The Arms Library to raise funds for interior repairs that are much needed. $25 of every sale of his 9x12” reproductions of this beautiful drawing go directly to that fund. The gallery will also accept other donations for the library during the time the exhibit is up. Other subjects in this drawing series include the Portico of the Northampton Court House, The Field Library in Conway, The Amherst Town Hall, the 1869 Town Hall in Easthampton, and the Shedd Porter Memorial Library in New Hampshire. This architectural precision helps Quient in his clay work. His vessels often have geometric patterns impressed or carved into them. History comes into play. His love of a 12th century Chinese bottle form is the basic template of a series in which he alters the form in various ways, adding optic, basket-weave-like surface decoration with underglazes, engobes or sometimes, just leaving the clay plain, letting the pattern speak for itself. Quient has created a few pieces that directly combine architecture and clay. Two Doric ceramic columns made in the exact proportions of their ancestors in Greece, one 1’9” in height and the other 3’9” in height. They are made in sections that fit one inside the other. Another piece is a 21” diameter bowl with the image of the Amherst Town Hall incised inside, reminiscent of the way space is represented Medieval times. Andrew Quient has been a potter and teacher since 1975. He formerly taught at colleges in New York, and taught classes in his studio in Haydenville from 1990 to 2014. He now teaches at Cycle Pottery, as well as giving workshops and lectures at other studios. His work has been featured in gallery exhibitions throughout the United States. Come help us celebrate the artist Saturday, December 9, 4-6pm, with music by Chris Eriquezz on classical guitar, nibbles and, of course, Andy Quient’s artwork. The exhibit runs November 3 through December 31. For more information, www.SalmonFallsGallery.com or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.