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Growing up on a dairy farm in rural Alabama, I have fond memories of playing in the hay barns and in the mud puddles with several barn cats and kittens and a good dog by my side. Ten years ago, following a 33-year career as a teacher, school counselor and counselor educator, I retired. Adjusting to retirement was surprisingly difficult. I was no longer productive, energized or feeling a sense of purpose. I’d worked, sometimes two jobs at the same time, most of my life. What was I going to do now?
After exploring many options for hobbies and volunteer opportunities to aid my post-retirement, I took a 3-session pottery class through our local art center, and I was hooked! This was something totally different for me (since mud puddle days). I absolutely loved the kinesthetic and creative world. The feel of clay in my hands was so therapeutic! I was obsessed with making one thing after another from clay. I even dreamed about clay.
Now I awaken with a sense of purpose and excitement with the creative ideas that keep flitting through my brain. Honing my slab building to the works I enjoyed the most and created the best, I found success in the several art festivals in which I participate each year. Perhaps I’ve returned to my childhood playing in the mud. And, by the way, I’m still assisted (or hindered?) by my four feline friends. Thus, we all have muddy paws!
I’m proud to donate a percentage of my pottery sales to our local animal rescue programs. Thanks to one of these, TSnip Tuscaloosa, our Metro Animal Shelter has become a No Kill shelter for cats! West Alabama Humane Society rescues and adopts out dogs as well as cats. Thank you, my customers, for purchasing my clay creations so that I can make more! Many little muddy paws also thank you for your indirect donation to them.
To create stoneware clay ceramics for my own enjoyment and for the enjoyment of my customers while helping to humanely reduce the homeless or neglected populations of cats and dogs.
Our pottery is crafted with care and attention to detail using traditional techniques. We use high-quality materials and glazes to ensure that our pottery is strong, durable, and safe for everyday use. No two pieces are exactly alike, making each one a truly special and one-of-a-kind work of art.
In addition to creating beautiful pottery, we are also passionate about giving back to the community and making a positive impact on the world. That's why we donate a portion of our revenue to helping stray cats and dogs in need. We believe that every life is valuable and deserve to be treated with love and respect, and we are committed to doing our part to support animal welfare.
We start by selecting the highest quality stoneware clay, which is known for its strength, durability, and versatility. We then use hand-building techniques, such as pinching, coiling, and slab work, to shape the clay into the desired form. Once the pottery is shaped, it is left to dry slowly until it reaches the "leather hard" stage, at which point it can be trimmed, decorated, and glazed. The pottery is then fired in a kiln at a high temperature, which helps to harden and strengthen the clay and gives it its final finish.
After the pottery is fired, it is carefully inspected and packaged for shipping or display. We hope that our attention to detail and commitment to traditional techniques will be evident in every piece of pottery that we create.