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Why I love Pottery

Pottery encompasses my senses. I love the smell of wet clay. I know it may sound weird, but something about the smell of wet earth calls to my soul. I love how it feels to glide my fingers over the clay as I shape a vessel.

I feel at peace when I am working with clay. When I make a piece, I feel like I’m taking a little piece of my soul and a piece of clay and putting them together to create something that is both beautiful and useful. I believe that (for the most part) pottery should not just be about “sittin’ pretty,” it should also be practical. Sculpture is an entirely different matter because its sole purpose is to be pretty or emotionally moving.

I have been a potter since 1992. I still feel passionately about it after all this time. Pottery is spiritual for me…

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  • Born on December 7
  • Joined August 3, 2010

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About

Why I love Pottery

Pottery encompasses my senses. I love the smell of wet clay. I know it may sound weird, but something about the smell of wet earth calls to my soul. I love how it feels to glide my fingers over the clay as I shape a vessel.

I feel at peace when I am working with clay. When I make a piece, I feel like I’m taking a little piece of my soul and a piece of clay and putting them together to create something that is both beautiful and useful. I believe that (for the most part) pottery should not just be about “sittin’ pretty,” it should also be practical. Sculpture is an entirely different matter because its sole purpose is to be pretty or emotionally moving.

I have been a potter since 1992. I still feel passionately about it after all this time. Pottery is spiritual for me. It encompasses all of the elements. Clay is the earth, spirit gives the clay life, water allows you to mold the clay while still leaving it whole, and air prepares the clay for the fire. Fire is the final test. At the end, you’ll either have a vessel that can last for centuries or a bunch of mosaic pieces for later use. I often recall how people too are molded and “tried in the fire”.

I also enjoy the process of “getting to know” the different types of clay. Each new shipment of clay has its own individual personality. The harder clays you have to be firm and consistent with or they will fight you the entire time; the very soft clays are so malleable that if you don’t handle them gently, your piece will fall apart. You can’t always predict what clay comes out of the earth. I get to know the clay, understand and respect its limitations. Once that respect has been established, a thing of use and beauty can be created. I have chosen not to have children, but each piece of clay I mold contains a little bit of my soul, and is part of the legacy I will leave on this earth.

I don't just create home decor, I create useful items that are also beautiful.

A Little Bit More About Me….

I am a southern girl who spent about 8 years out west. I have been all over the country but never out of it. I have found a home in Chattanooga, TN. They don’t call it the Scenic City for nothing! I am inspired by the vibrant art scene here. I love exploring new cultures; their ideas, food, religions and while I may not agree with someone else’s point of view that doesn’t necessarily make them wrong. I want to bring joy and peace to those around me.

The things that matter to me are family, friends (or, as I like to call them, the family I chose), my faith and nature. The world can be a truly beautiful place if only we let it be and learn from it. We shouldn’t try to change nature but let nature change us.

My Inspiration

Many of my design ideas come from my back yard. The graceful majesty of a tree, the delicate fronds of a fern and the tangled ivy inspire me, and I want to share that inspiration with others.

My inspiration comes from nature first and foremost. I also inherited doilies my great grandmother made. Using her art to make my art gives me a connection to the past and brings me closer to her.

Clay has taught me that not everything will work out like you want it to; pots will crack, break or even explode. The lesson I have taken away from this is to seize the day. Things won’t always work out, so take pleasure in the making of each piece.

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