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Shop Philosophy:
As an online customer myself, I value honesty, quality workmanship, integrity and quick and professional communication and shipping. I strive to provide the same for you! Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.

About my art:
I strive to make high-quality handmade products that will bring a smile to your face and last for years and years. My handmade ceramic work I especially see as heirloom pieces. I personally have heirloom items in my family that have been handed down over generations, so I know how important quality craftsmanship is for the longevity of the piece. They will be used at the dinner table, as decorations, packed and unpacked countless times for moving, placed in a dishwasher or a microwave. My pots, plates, dishes, vases will stand the test of time with your loved ones. Each piece has the…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 1
  • Joined June 4, 2010

Favorite materials

seed beads, beads and buttons, stoneware and porcelain ceramic clay, fibers, metal wire, copper, handmade paper, polymer clay, found objects, recycled or upcycled ingredients especially in paper and fiber creation, seashells

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About

Shop Philosophy:
As an online customer myself, I value honesty, quality workmanship, integrity and quick and professional communication and shipping. I strive to provide the same for you! Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.

About my art:
I strive to make high-quality handmade products that will bring a smile to your face and last for years and years. My handmade ceramic work I especially see as heirloom pieces. I personally have heirloom items in my family that have been handed down over generations, so I know how important quality craftsmanship is for the longevity of the piece. They will be used at the dinner table, as decorations, packed and unpacked countless times for moving, placed in a dishwasher or a microwave. My pots, plates, dishes, vases will stand the test of time with your loved ones. Each piece has the potential to become a part of your daily rituals and family memories.

I also enjoy creating things other than my ceramic pieces. I love the vibrant colors of polymer clay as well as the color and textures of handmade paper and fibers and these items are also featured in my shop.

About me:
I spent my formative years in South Bend, IN and moved to the beautiful and inspiring mountains of Asheville, NC in summer of 2003. It was here that I found my creative outlet among a group of potters in nearby Black Mountain, NC. I eventually opened my own home studio in the Asheville area.

I love sneaking down to the studio in the middle of the night with a cup of tea and listening to nothing but the sound of the wheel as I throw a pot... the clicking and popping sounds of a kiln mid-fire... watching the moon and the stars shine over the mountain tops through a window or the open door... eavesdropping on the cicadas and the crickets. This is when I feel the most centered (pardon the pun) and at peace. I also love handbuilding because unlike many things in life, it is something that can't be rushed. It brings focus to my busy life and my clay work.

I hope you chose to make one of my ceramic pieces a part of your daily rituals. And I hope that no matter how busy and hectic life gets that you also take the time to look at a beautiful sunrise, stare at the moon and the stars and wonder, listen to night time critters sing, feel the texture of one of my made-with-love lace dishes or buttons or the smooth or velvety texture of a handmade ceramic bead.

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