15th Annual Artisans Guild Studio Tour
Thanksgiving weekend FRI-SAT 10-5 www.esvaartisansguild.org
See also Annie Jones, Useful Pots
I began my training in wheel thrown pottery shortly after retirement.
Two years of lessons, seven years of production, and several courses at Penland School of Crafts have brought me to a comfortable relationship with clay, and to realize the limitless opportunities ahead.
I produce one of a kind functional stoneware pieces for everyday use.
The shape and form of the clay is what matters most to me. If the shape is not pleasing, color and decoration are added in vain.
Sometimes a shape develops so well that I am reluctant to apply the glaze, as it may take away from the simple beauty of the bare form.
The balance and feel of the piece when handled is my second criterion for success. A pot must be touched to know all that it has to offer.
My final measure is how well each piece suits its intended purpose.
Beyond that, there is the bonus of hearing about adaptive uses made by the new owner.
Professional Distinction: Commission/Custom Work, Consignment/Retail, Wholesale Production