Saturday, June 12, 2010

Patti's Crew hard at work.
We also have fun! 
Come visit.  July 10th 2010, It's almost time to do this again.
Watch Out We throw Things!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mud on the Mountain - Jones House Open Door Gallery

March 4, 2010 -

In the Open Door Gallery, the council's featuring a group of potters called "Mud on the Mountain." This group consists of six area artists: Kate Colclaser, Barbara Scarborough, Nancy Graham, Patti Carmen, June Kay and Connie Cox. These women became friends while taking classes at Doe Ridge Pottery and Appalachian State University.

They all came to the area from different places, but have a common interest in the artistry and beauty of nature. Each one of them expresses that love in a unique way.

Sitting before the same ingredient - mud (or clay) - these six women have visualized this humble medium into becoming something useful and yet beautiful. Drawing from a variety of skills, this clay has been wheel-thrown, rolled into slabs, extruded, sculpted, texturized and /or carved. Then they carefully consider the form and finishes, producing works of functional art.

"Come in and see the diversity of their creative expression" 

Friday, April 24, 2009

Connie Cox

Patti Carmen Whitehead

The inspiration for many of the lines and forms in my work comes from the outdoors. Nature is one of the best teachers of art. I constantly focus on how the organic world is formed and how lines of attachment are always perfect and functional.
Producing pottery creates many design questions for me: purpose, function and beauty. The challenge of the problem may take time as I go through the trials and errors to arrive at the most desirable pot. A production piece must be made, fired, observed and used before you recognize what it needs to be a functionally aesthetic piece. Most importantly, the pots I make are intended for artful living, holding and use.
The forgiving nature of clay always amazes me and its ability to be transformed so greatly provides such huge opportunities for uniqueness and individuality.

Nancy Graham

Nancy Edwards Graham, using elements inspired from nature, has recently been exploring the inclusion of mixed media in her functional ceramic art.

Locally, Nancy ’s work may be seen at Doe Ridge Pottery and Artwalk Gallery in Boone, and at The Orchard at Altapass on the Blue Ridge Parkway .

Barbara Scarborough

Known for her Wilma Ware, Barbara is an acomplished handbuilder & sculptor.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

June Kay

As a ceramic artist I feel a strong awareness of the material when working with clay. The movement felt by the texture evokes thoughts of the long rivers of clay found in the earth making throwing a serene & peaceful process.

I am inspired by the Arts & Craft movement, with it’s emphasis on craftsmanship and nature. Both the physical process of creating and the technical challenges of the glazes to achieve a complete and pleasing form are important to me. JK

Kate Colclaser

Kate Colclaser is a ceramic artist working out of her studio on Artists Alley south of Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

Her work is hand built from slabs with extruded or thrown elements. Each piece is unique and much time is spent  
forming the pieces and adding color and texture through multiple layers of stain, terra siglatta, underglazes or glaze. Pieces are fired multiple times to achieve the color and texture desired.