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Deborah and Jim first learned to make pottery in late 2001 and started selling their work the following spring. A few years later, in 2004, Hollow Mountain Arts was formed.

They aspire to create functional pottery that is pleasing to the eye as well as useful in everyday living in every room of your home. They feel this goal is achieved whenever someone buys a piece they say speaks to them.

Deborah makes both handbuilt and wheel-thrown pieces. Handbuilding gives her ample opportunity to use her many, many texture tools. She loves putting texture on both types of work but also frequently adds coils, buttons, and braids to her pieces. Most of her texture tools come from nature (peach pits are her favorites) but many of the tools are handmade stamps or come from various pieces of hardware. The patterns created by these tools often evoke a feeling of…

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  • Joined March 10, 2009

Favorite materials

White, dark red, or lightly speckled buff stoneware clay and satin finish glazes

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About

Deborah and Jim first learned to make pottery in late 2001 and started selling their work the following spring. A few years later, in 2004, Hollow Mountain Arts was formed.

They aspire to create functional pottery that is pleasing to the eye as well as useful in everyday living in every room of your home. They feel this goal is achieved whenever someone buys a piece they say speaks to them.

Deborah makes both handbuilt and wheel-thrown pieces. Handbuilding gives her ample opportunity to use her many, many texture tools. She loves putting texture on both types of work but also frequently adds coils, buttons, and braids to her pieces. Most of her texture tools come from nature (peach pits are her favorites) but many of the tools are handmade stamps or come from various pieces of hardware. The patterns created by these tools often evoke a feeling of being in Nature.

Her handbuilt pieces range in size from a three-inch vase to an 18” pitcher and frequently have organic shapes.

Jim loves throwing on the wheel. While he still gets a kick out of throwing a nice round piece he will on occasion alter the shape of a piece. More frequently he will carve patterns that, like Deborah’s textured work, are inspired by Nature. Jim especially enjoys making teapots and pitchers.

We currently work out of our home in Mableton, Ga. (on the outskirts of Atlanta) but hope to move to the mountains of North Carolina in the near future.

All of our glazes are food safe. Our pieces can be used in the microwave, oven (but never on the stove top!), and dishwasher.

We would love for you to visit us at www.hollowmountainarts.com to learn more and see some other examples of our work.

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