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Artisans Center of Virginia

 Quail Run Pottery, Elizabeth Krome

Artisans Center of Virginia Juried Artisan

My first exposure to clay came after I’d graduated from college with a degree in urban studies. While working as an editor of astrophysics manuscripts, I started taking a night class in clay. I soon realized that while I enjoyed working with words, I loved clay.

My pots are fairly simple and unadorned, and for years I felt apologetic for this. Later, however, displaying my pots at a large regional gathering of Quakers, I realized that my pots reflected the Quaker value of simplicity. As my pots have evolved, so has my per- spective on my aesthetic journey. I no longer fight my desire to concentrate on straightforward, functional, well-designed pots.

I relate to clay primarily through touch. Sitting at the wheel, I love the feeling of the clay changing shape in my hands. Holding finished pots, I treasure the luscious curve of a just-right bowl, the handle of a well- balanced mug, the satisfaction of a well-fit casserole lid. I make pots to be used. My hope is that the pleasure I find in making these pots will be shared by those who use them.

Professional Distinction: Commission/Custom Work, Consignment/Retail, Exhibition, Instruction, Wholesale Production

Elizabeth Krome

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