Surrounded by ponies, donkeys, chickens, Corgis, kitties, and a resettled NC barn, you will find a pile of pottery covered by what you see around you. The land and the animals are the inspiration for the stoneware. Horses gallop across the bowls or jump onto the jars and mugs. Sneaky funny horse humor is seen everywhere—in the live ones and in the artwork. Living around horses 24-7 can certainly tune your patience and sense of humor.
Many forms of stoneware can be seen at the Cady O’Daly Farm and gallery. Mugs to jars, plates to platters, lamps to sinks, fountains, sculptures and even a Zen garden. Many forms of artwork on the pottery feature horses, but also foxes, Corgis, kitties, and much lanscape. Many pieces are inspired from scripture.
I may not have gotten my fill of Play-Dough when I was small. So, when the clay got under my nails early on, it never left. I made pottery for years, but it was kept seperate from my art studies. I finished a BA in Design from Duke University, and continued with Masters work in drawing and printmaking at Radford and VCU. United Methodist husbands (or just one in this case) make it harder to stay put long enough to actually finish the initials after your name. And family realities lead to other interesting opportunities such as teaching school art for all the levels at once… which leads to a great desire to not do that, which leads to the opportunity to open my own shop and teach a bunch of stuff, hence the name Hands ON.
Then the pottery takes off—the classes fill, the pieces begin selling. And it’s Hands on—Pottery and Art Gallery. And then one day, I put the drawing on the pot. And then it really took off— so then it moves to a great downtown store in Winchester. and then it is Hands on Pottery. And now it is Hands on Pottery on Cady O Daly Farm where my other childhood skill catches up with me. Here we breed and train horses. So the horse opportunities provide plenty of market, as well as inspiration.
Professional Distinction: Commission/Custom Work, Consignment/Retail, Demonstrations, Exhibition
Member of Trail Networks:
Bedford Artisan Trail, site # 5
2:00-5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and by appointment. Sometimes away at shows on the weekends.
4171 Roaring Run Rd.
Goode, VA 24556