I have been making functional pottery since 1991 and I never tire of making even the simplest cup. From slow moving wheel to application of fluid and silky slips and glazes to a soda firing that always produces surprises, the process provides endless fascination to me. The process culminates in meals with friends and family […]
As I layer paint, I think about “chunking,” as in, breaking light and color into chunks. This is a way of showing movement through things–like the way a branch moves through a shrub or tree foliage. It’s not a continuous line but a broken one because it gets overlapped and obscured by greenery. The longer […]
Gourds have naturally beautiful shapes and colors that I embellish using watercolors, ink and found objects. Most of my pieces are painted with images from nature – trees, nests, birds, lizards, etc. The finished sculptures are sealed with wax to become permanent 3-D paintings.
I consider myself a watercolor naturalist. I am passionate about nature and environment, as well as painting these things in watercolor. The domestic animals on my farm, animals from the NC Zoo and many local landscapes find their way into my paintings on a regular basis and offer endless painting opportunities. I enjoy sharing my […]
All my life I have been drawn to art. My career as a medical illustrator spanned more than 30 years and I loved the intricacy and detail required for my artwork. Since retiring in 2001, I have chosen to express my artistry in clay because it offered the same opportunity for intricacy and detail plus […]
Gina Harrison is a North Carolina artist, graphic designer, musician, and arts ed advocate. She received her BFA in studio art from UNC, studying printmaking with Richard Kinnaird and James Gadson. Currently, she is a board member of Arts NC, the statewide advocacy organization for the arts and a member of the Chatham Artists Guild […]
I love to throw. Clay on the wheel feels like silk beneath my hands. Spinning nothing into something, it is as close to working magic as I ever expect to get. My aim is to create a pot that is visually and tactilely welcoming — one that works well and is a joy to hold […]
I became serious about drawing and painting about 25 years ago. I took many adult education classes to develop my skills, but wanted to learn more. In 2012 I received an Associates in Fine Arts Degree, and I am a Silver Signature Member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. I have received many awards […]
Hand screened original prints, calendars, cards & T-shirts Vidabeth Bensen’s original screen prints reflect many years of overseas travel. Framed and unframed prints, limited edition calendars, cards and T-shirts are available in her studio. Vidabeth’s prints are in many private and corporate collections.
I continue to be attracted to the rural landscape – the lay of the land, the neglected barn, sometimes a figure who belongs to the setting. My hope is to create an impression which condenses nature’s complexity and transience into a simple poetic message.
Affordable, functional stoneware featuring plates, bowls, mugs, pitchers, platters, bird houses, bird feeders, and small tables with glazes reflecting impressionistic landscape, animal, iris and Christmas designs. All pieces are lead-free, oven and dishwasher safe. My work is inspired by life on our farm where I live with my family and a variety of animals including […]
I enjoy exploring the natural beauty found in wood, creating a form that brings out the wood’s natural color and unique grain. It is intriguing to to turn different species of wood, exploring the different grain patterns, colors, textures and sometimes aromas. I also enjoy the challenge of figuring out how to securely hold the […]
“Organic Forrestry Studio and Gallery, Artist’s Garret Gallery, Forrest Dweller Sculpture Garden” NATURE INSPIRED SCULPTURE and PAINTINGS “I was that kid you could always find turning over rocks in streams, looking for what wonders nature would disclose to me. This curiosity about the natural world led me to a serious life as scientist and organizational executive. […]
Hand-woven baskets, all different shapes and sizes.
Though I’d been involved with other crafts and artistic endeavors — batik, silk-screening, graphic design — once I started working with stained glass in 1980, I never turned back. Though self-taught, I learned a lot while working at a stained glass business in Cary, designing and building various glass projects. While building our dream home […]
— Making pots started for me as a way to relax from the stresses of my work as a clinical social worker. Because the process required both my physical and mental energy, I was able to focus on learning to throw without the distraction of work. Eventually, I traded psychotherapy for pottery and began taking […]
William Moore may describe his sculptural work in marble, ceramic, stone, wood, and bronze as creations depicting elements ranging from the sublime to the hilarious, but his level of craft exceeds expectations just as his choice of material quality rebukes whimsical commentary. His blend of an obviously crisp, intimate familiarity with human form into impossible contortions […]
Mark Hewitt makes exquisite, wheel thrown pottery in a wide range of shapes and prices. Since 1983 he has created traditionally inspired North Carolina salt-glazed and alkaline-glazed mugs, plates and bowls that are a delight to use and enjoy, while his massive garden planters, jars, sentinels and vases decorate a home, office or garden with […]
functional, ash-glazed stoneware and porcelain pots
I have found a new interest in photography since I retired, and have found the challenges of the art of photography more difficult since I am now taking it more seriously. I enjoy the hunt for beautiful and interesting places to compose an image that is provocative, both emotionally or intellectually. Light and water play […]
“Original fabric designs created using a variety of screen and hand printing techniques, sewn and stitched into one-of-a-kind scarves and wearables, wall pieces and other items. My work is a play of color, pattern, and texture.”
My primary goal is to use domestic hardwoods, along with eastern red cedar, in accent colors to create beautiful items. I particularly like to use woods that provide a contrast to each other. These include exotic varieties, which are in fact , not domestic, such as: padauk. mahogany. morado. tigerwood. purpleheart, and many others and […]
My style evolved from my love of wood, curves, and soft edges. I have been a cabinetmaker for 40 years. I see beauty and movement in wood and let the material tell me where it wants to go. In cabinetwork that means flowing with the grain through adjacent cabinets or using striking pieces for accent. […]
The process of working with clay is alluring and even magical. I work for the satisfaction that comes from creating a well-balanced pot. It is not easy to achieve harmony between the shape of the pot, the glaze and the inner workings of the kiln, but when a great pot emerges there is nothing more […]