It's time for the next show.

It's time for the next show.

Small, large, detailed, unique textured, decorative and useful ceramic pieces will be presented to the Carthage community starting Friday evening at Hyde House. Conversations in Clay will begin with an opening reception 6 p.m. Friday, May 25 with 78 works of art from members of the Midwest Clay Artists group.

Sally Armstrong, director of artCentral at Hyde House, was preparing for the show on Thursday, labeling and finding the most attractive settings for each one.

“Oh I love this,” she said, admiring a piece, “there's such a variety here, some useful and some whimsical.”

“Chinese Take Out with Love Letters,” by Melody Knowles is one example of artistic works of art on display that could be used for decorative purposes. Armstrong said some artists' work can be immediately recognized, like Knowles' unique pieces and Frank Pishkur's use of texture.

“What's neat about ceramics is that most people will enjoy the art while they're using it,” Armstrong said.

The art exhibit also has bowls and vases of numerous sizes and shapes, and even a working lamp by Betsy Gordan. Midwest Clay Artists will have 14 out of 27 members represented at the show, all gathered from different areas of the region. The exhibit will remain at Hyde House until June 10.

Those showing are: Angel Brame, Daria Claiborne, Sue Colgin, Betsy Gordan, Heather Grills, Melody Knowles, Gregory Krepps, Denise Lambert, Bobbi Kemna, Frank Pishkur, Debbie Reed, Jed Schlegel, Sylvia Shirley and Brent Skinner.