COLUMBUS -- Hudson native Stuart B. Gair received the Watkins Printing Poster Award and Yassenoff Family Award for Excellence in the Ohio Craft Museum's "Best of 2017."

The juried exhibition, on display until June 18, will showcase contemporary fine craft by 51 artists. Juror Bill Griffith, artist, educator and administrator at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, selected 70 works in clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber and mixed media from over 200 entries. Thirteen--including Gair--were selected for awards of excellence in the 34th annual members competition, organized by Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

Griffith chose "objects that were well crafted and designed, technically proficient, and that resonated within my personal aesthetics and visual history. The works that I found myself viewing and enjoying several times over became my favorites. The objects that remained most exciting and fascinating were then selected for awards of excellence."

Gair creates beautiful yet functional pottery.

"It is of the upmost importance that each piece has a duality of utilitarian purpose and serves as an object of beauty and intrigue when not in use," Gair said.

"Each piece is intended to live in the open for everyday enjoyment and contemplation and not to be stored in a dark place."

He is currently working toward his master of fine arts degree at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

After closing at the museum on June 18, the exhibition travels to the Southern Ohio Museum, where it will be on view July 7 through Sept. 9.

The Ohio Craft Museum is located at 1665 West Fifth Ave., Columbus. Hours: Admission and parking are free. For more information call 614-486-4402 or go to www.ohiocraft.org.