Kathy’s handmade pottery reflects her Southern roots. For the last twenty five years, she proudly calls Charlotte her home. Her pottery reflects North Carolina experiences of summers spent on the coast, southern gardens, camping trips to the mountains, and stock car racing. Kathy has recently designed, with the help of , a North Carolina themed textured rolling pin. Just to name a few images featured are: the NC stage shape, sweet tea mason jar, lighthouse, BBQ, Tar Heel, pine cone, cardinal and sea turtle. This certainly should increase her North Carolina themed pottery in which she is currently selling in several shops, in her Etsy shop, and has really found a market with Our State magazine.
Kathy credits several artists that have helped her on her journey with pottery. The amazing list of instructors at Clayworks- Jenn Mecca, Julie Wiggins, Ron Philbeck, Amy Sanders, and Greg Scott were a few she mentioned. She has had the opportunity to assist in Jen and Julie’s studios and has consistently been Julie Wiggin’s studio assistant for the past 10+ years.
“Opportunities to assist local potters in their home studios by helping with forms, mixing glazes, preparing pieces for decoration, glazing, kiln repair, kiln loading and unloading, pricing, packaging/shipping, and sales at local events have been priceless.”
The stay at home order of Spring 2020 started Kathy’s pottery business. Being a person who likes to keep busy, she found herself at home with her husband, two college aged children and two dogs. She set up an outdoor workspace and hasn’t stopped hand building.
Her inventory increased and Etsy seemed the way to go. She established Club Polska Pottery and had her Etsy shop up and running. Kathy got in the groove of using GR Pottery Forms, hand stamping images with underglaze, and decorating with embossing rollers to gain some desired design and texture.
She contacted Cabarrus County Visitors Bureau, a shop in Kannapolis, a shop in Harrisburg, and submitted work samples to Our State Magazine. She was off and running. “ I look back on our stay at home order and feel it helped give me the confidence and nudge (along with constant support from fellow potter, Julie Wiggins) I needed to put myself out there and share my creations with others.”