The design is by Darrin Fraser, the creative director at Mishap Studios. Their website is here:
Darrin is working hard on the rest of the design. Ryan and I passed him the exhibit checklist and our layout of the exhibit. I gave him this scaled floor plan:
The plan map is hard to read at this scale, I know. But the exhibit will be about 2,200 or 2,600 square feet in total. Darrin has been visualizing the entire thing for us: color schemes, layout, and design. He came to our meeting with a 3D visualization of the 2D plan I'd drawn, which really helped me see what he was imagined (below). He's been great and I'm excited to see more of his design work.
The exhibit will tell the story of the Utah's nineteenth century immigrant potters, using archaeological artifacts, antique objects, historic photographs, drawings, DVD video, and audio recordings. We have pieces from the three largest collections of antique Utah-made pottery, along with digital video and historic images on loan from The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and the Staffordshire Film Archive.
I am very excited as the exhibit is coming together. Gib the carpenter has most of the vitrine cases built and the rest of the staff are painting them now. The wall panels will go to the printer this week so they can be printed and mounted on boards.
The exhibit will be open from May 2nd through July 31st, so that means that it will be open the entire time we are excavating at the Davenport Pottery site. Since Parowan and Cedar City are only about 20 miles apart, visitors will be able to travel back and forth between the gallery and the excavations. This should give us the ability to layer our interpretive strategy from the site with nuances from the exhibit, and the reverse will surely be true since we have reserved one vitrine case for "The Discovery of the Week."
Things are coming together nicely and excitement continues to build!