Patty's Pottery

Minneapolis, Minnesota 136 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars

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Last updated on Nov 22, 2018

To say Thank You for all your support, I'm offering 20% off all items plus free shipping in the United States - Friday, November 23 - Monday, November 26!

If you have any questions about my work, please send me a message.

Patty Rau

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Handmade pottery makes everyday a celebration

I graduated from Bethel College with a BA in studio art in 1996, and began taking the first small steps toward becoming a working artist. I created my first Celtic works in 1999 and focused on that unique style until 2012. Since 2012, I have been working with a wider range of geometric, floral, and ethnic designs, incorporating bright colors through the use of underglazes. I have also been playing with whimsical designs of kittens, pandas, and other animals. While I still enjoy working with Celtic knots and spirals, I am enjoying the wider range of decoration in my work.

Much of my inspiration comes from the metalwork and illuminated manuscripts of ancient and medieval Ireland and Scotland. This Celtic style of ornamentation appeals to me in both a visual and spiritual way, and I admire the way the Celts of old blended the spiritual with the mundane.

I find the abstract, geometric nature of Celtic ornamentation to have a meditative quality, and while we don't really know what the original designs may have meant, interlacing knotwork has come to symbolize an interconnectedness of life. For me, the designs are equally a decorative element and an expression of my faith, connecting me to the world past and present.

With my candle globes and lamps, I am combining the Celtic ornamentation of my other pottery with the idea of illumination, both in a figurative and literal sense. I think of Christ's instructions to "let your light shine," and hope the light of my work will touch whoever uses my pottery and help them find the sacred within life's daily routines.

I use a grid system to aid in the initial layout of the interlaced knotwork, and a compass for the exterior boundary of some spirals, but I do not use any templates or moulds when sketching my designs directly onto the leather-hard porcelain. Once the design is established, then I carve in deeper relief with a variety of sgraffito and loop tools, and a small pointed knife for pierced work. Some pieces are then finished with a single glaze that will break and highlight the carved lines of my work or with a combination of a clear glaze and a sprayed glaze to create a gradation of color. Other pieces are inlaid with black slip to emphasis the line work or colored with underglazes to reflect the colorful nature of the manuscripts that inspire my work.

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    I fell in love with pottery during my first college ceramics class, but photos of me covered from head to toe in mud as a little girl prove I've always enjoyed "playing in the mud."

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Last updated on Nov 23, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Help! My purchase arrived damaged. Can I get a refund?

Yes. All possible care is taken in packaging to insure your purchase will arrive undamaged. Should your purchase arrive broken, please contact me immediately. You may choose a full refund or replacement (depending on my available inventory). Damage must be reported within 1 week of delivery to receive a refund or replacement.

Why don't you accept refunds or exchanges except for damage in shipping?

Each piece I make is a unique creation. Since no two are exactly alike, all listings describe the actual piece that you will be purchasing. All descriptions include size measurements, and I encourage you to ask questions before you make a purchase.

If you feel the item has been misrepresented, please contact me and I would be happy to work with you to find an equitable solution.

Custom and personalized orders

I am unable to take any custom orders at this time.

Wholesale availability

My work is not currently available for wholesale.