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Metal artist's work is smokin' at the Carroll arts center

Published: December 21, 2010 11:02 PM
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A fire-breathing dragon stands majestically in front of the Carroll County Arts Center, welcoming visitors to the gallery.

The dragon was designed and constructed by Built By Pottsy, the featured artist of the month. The life-size creation was unveiled Wednesday, Dec. 15, as a crowd gathered to view Aaron Potts' other sculptures at the center's Arts For Everyone.

Potts of Carrollton uses recycled parts and steel, turning the scraps into creative and useful art forms. Known as "Pottsy," he creates each of his "junk art" to be used outdoors.

As Pottsy's friends and family gathered outside in the cold for the unveiling, Pottsy acknowledged his daughter, Elizabeth, had a hand in the creation of the dragon. Asking his daughter whether the dragon was a boy or girl, she pointed out it was a girl because it has eyelashes. The eyelashes, as well as the flames, were her ideas.

He promised to replace the dragon with another creation in the spring.

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Pottsy also builds cornstalks and corn flowers to allow animal lovers to feed birds, squirrels and the occasional deer.

Pottsy has several of his animals on display inside the arts center, as well as several of his oversized flowers at the entrance.

One of his flowers, a 3-foot-tall Christmas poinsettia, is being auctioned off to benefit the center's KidzArt program. The poinsettia is only one of five limited-edition poinsettias available.

Bidding is open until noon Thursday, Dec. 23, at the arts center. The winner will be notified by phone.

To see the poinsettia, dragon and many of Pottsy's other innovative artworks, stop by the arts center at 204 W. Main St., Carrollton. To learn more about Built By Pottsy, see www.bbpfab.com.

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