It’s tomato time again! For the past four years I’ve been sending tomato-themed pots to The Tomato Art Fest at the Art and Invention Gallery in Nashville, TN. This is a wonderfully weird art event that even includes a parade of people dressed as tomatoes. Apparently this year they are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the number of people dressed as a fruit or vegetable. This year’s crop of pots is by far the best one yet and the 36 pieces I made for the show are some of the most ambitious pots I’ve made all year. If you want to purchase one of these items, you’re going to have to call Meg at the gallery and hope that it’s still in stock as the show opens on August 11th.
Here’s the entire group of pots being painted by my assistant, Kelly (in an obviously staged photo). The time it takes to decorate these pieces is a bit overwhelming and these are definitely some of my least profitable items to make. They retail for just $38 to $42 each. Posted below are some of my favorites.