The processes in clay are alchemy. They are all about changes. And turning mud into something of beauty, that hopefully will give some joy to someone's life. In 2007 I retired and moved from Florida to the beautiful North Carolina mountains.
I work at the community clay studio of Black Mountain Center for the Arts. You might say I like the scientific method in art, exploring the possibilities of a new idea with clay. My BFA in ceramics is from the University of Florida (1983,) after I apprenticed myself to a friend potter back in the 70's. I continued my studies at UF and got two graduate degrees in Counselor Education. Before retiring I offered counseling to seniors and became an Activity Director. Now I live in a senior apartment complex, and eat at a senior lunch site. But I love working with clay to create functional things that also are beautiful.
|Summer 2017 I grew giant sunflowers! And I stopped selling at Mud Buddies booth at Tailgate Market|
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Old Depot gallery and shoppe, downtown Black Mountain, NC. Selected pieces for sale.
Cutting Crew, downtown Black Mountain, NC. Selected pieces for sale.
Black Mountain Center for the Arts office, along with other students and teachers in the Clay Studio.
Appalachian Potters Market, McDowell Arts Council, Marion NC High School Dec, 2014-17.
"Art by the Tracks" show for Old Depot Association, Black Mountain, NC Oct. 2016, May 2017, Oct. 2017.
"Birds in Our Backyard" Black Mountain Center for the Arts gallery, Hummingbird platter, Sept, 2016.
Top Pottery Blog of 2016, went up one place to 7th place! Pottery Making Blog, and monthly listings at potterymakinginfo.blog
Top Pottery Blog of 2015, 8th place.
Top Pottery Blog of 2014, 11th place
Gallery of Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Clay Studio student & teacher exhibit, each December through February, 2008 to present, sale on first Fri. evening in Dec.
Swanannoa Valley Fine Arts League member 2015-16. Shows at the Red House, (SVFAL)
"Member's Show," August 2016. Rose Jar.
"Now and Then" May 2016. Goddess and fairy Tree, and Three tree friends.
"Art on the Lawn," at Monte Vista Hotel, Black Mountain, NC Oct 2015.
What's the Buzz at Black Mountain Center for the Arts gallery, Black Tea Set with bees, Sept-Oct 2015.
Clay Studio of Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Independent Student and volunteer since 2008 to present.
Bring Back the Monarchs, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 2014, 2 wall hangings displayed.
Blue to Black Studio Tour, 2013. Opened my home/studio for guests.
North Carolina Clay Club member at large, open to all Western North Carolina potters!
"va*ri*eIties" of Western North Carolina Clay Show, TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC 2012, (TRAC is Toe River Arts Council), guest of Clay Club
Cottage Studio Sale, Open house in my studio, September, 2012.
Folk Art Center of Blue Ridge Parkway, Volunteer, (Southern Highlands Craft Guild) 2011-2013 including volunteer for Guild Show 2 years, in Asheville, NC.
My other blogs are:
When I Was Sixty Nine which focused more on personal archives, and other areas besides pottery from Sept 2012 to March 2015.
Living in Black Mountain a picture a day of the great area around Black Mountain, posted 734 times.
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