The first image is a photo of 28 Umbrella stands made as a commission. It took 18 months to complete. Details on others are described below. Most of these were commissioned, and some in major collections or museums. These are all 16-18 inches tall, a few are taller. Stoneware, watertight, these make a nice presentation for a foyer or next to a fireplace. Stick stand, umbrellas and flower friendly. I can repeat a theme yet, there are No Two Alike. The average price is $600.
16x10 Dogwood with Carolina Wren and Squirrel. This commission of 28 stands was an 18 month project.
Dogwood stand at the NC Governor's western residence, Asheville, NC 16x9
"Newcomb" Tulip in relief. Daisy Wade Bridges collection. 16" tall.
This is the first one I made. I had seen the Tiffany glass window with Magnolia blossoms at the Morse Museum. The glass was folded and layered to create a three dimensional petal and I realized I could do that with clay.
16x11 This cat owner sent photos of their seven cats. Apparently I captured the personalities as well, showing which cat would be chasing whom, or sleeping.
Another cat commission, this owner had 14 cats at the time.
A good friend commissioned this for a Christmas present.
I saw an image of an antique Minton piece with this frog and cattails theme. I like the orange and green.
This ruffled tulip was inspired by a Peters and Reed piece I saw at the Arts and Crafts Conference in Asheville. The one I saw was entirely matte green of course. I like the relief technique.
A decoy collector lost some favorite antiques in a fire. I was commissioned to make these two ducks in the likeness of photos sent to me. 15x9
16x11 Available. Cherry Blossoms
I discovered that without the notches on the tip of the petals, they don't look like cherry blossoms!
A fun Gargoyle now in the Mint Museum permanent collection. Potters many years ago would lay a piece of glass on a handle they thought might crack, hoping to fuse it with the melt. It became a popular decorative technique. At the base of this handle there is a chunk of turquoise from a mine in AZ with glass melted over it. The copper from the turquoise mixed with the glass and ran down the side.
Permanent collection at the Mint Museum. Snakes on pots seems to be a southern tradition. I think it has to do with the serpent in the bible, the snake is found on moonshine jugs to keep kids out of the evil contents.
This was a collaboration with Freeman, our daughter Molly Morning-glory and Maggie.