Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Enjoy the Holidays with the Arts at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea Dec. 13

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 09, 2014  
Contact Information:  Gwen Heffner
Information Specialist
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Phone: 859 - 985-5448 X 230

On Saturday, Dec. 13, visitors to the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will enjoy a variety of events with Cynthia Cusick demonstrating her inlaid pottery decoration techniques, musician Jan Hill performing holiday favorites on the harp and gallery tours given through the center’s current exhibit.

Cusick, of Irvine, grew up in a suburban town near New York City and spent 15 years living in Manhattan and Brooklyn working as a graphic designer. After enjoying and observing the gritty and busy life in the Big Apple, Cusick yearned for a quieter, more rural lifestyle. Following her sister, she came to Kentucky in the late ’90s and went back to school, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics and metalsmithing from Eastern Kentucky University.

  Ceramics by Cynthia Cusick

Much of Cusick’s ceramic work involves organic themes and metaphors from her life experiences. She works in porcelain and uses a variety of decorating techniques, including inlaying layers of color with underglazes and clay engobes. Her works reflect her graphic design background using strong lines and patterns. Cusick enjoys drawing animal imagery as well on the surfaces of her pottery, and will be demonstrating her inlay techniques from 10:30 to 3:30 that day.

Also on Dec. 13, music on the harp will be heard throughout the center, performed by Jan Hill.

Born in Nebraska and raised in Oklahoma, Hill dreamed of playing the harp when as a child she heard it played. That dream was not realized until she and her husband finished their careers as Baptist missionaries in the Philippines, where they ministered for nearly four decades. Hill purchased a harp, taught herself to play and then took harp classes in Singapore and the U.S.

  Jan Hill performing on the harp

After retiring and moving to Lexington in 2001, Hill began playing at a variety of venues throughout the region. She will be playing a variety of sacred and secular holiday music in sets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.

Visitors can also enjoy free guided tours through the center’s gallery exhibit, “Put a Lid On It: Containers by Kentucky Artisans” at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

“Put a Lid On It” features over 45 artists and includes works made from clay, wood, leather, glass beads, felted wool, alabaster, old children’s building blocks, cast glass, Kentucky agate, sterling silver and recycled materials.

  “Wedding Bowl” by John Keeton in the exhibit “Put a Lid On It” at the center

These free, guided exhibit tours will be led by Kentucky Artisan Center staff, who will talk about the exhibit, artists and individual works. Staff will answer questions about the techniques and various processes used in the objects featured.

Ceramics by Cusick and music by Hill are regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea, Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the cafe open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The center currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. For more information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at, or go to the center’s website at

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.