Saturday, November 26, 2011

Today's featured Artist: Pattiy Torno!

Give warming gifts from your warm heart :)
Today's featured artist is Pattiy Torno! You can find Pattiy and her wide variety of blankets, quilts, and clothing at #12 CURVE studios & gardens.
Fleece blankets in a wide assortment of colors for under $100!
You can get a matching hat & scarf for under $50!
Be sure to check out Pattiy's website at

Friday, November 25, 2011

Today's featured Artist: Karen Newgard!

Today's featured artist who has affordable gifts for you is Karen Newgard! Her classic black and white pottery is beautiful with bursts of bright colors. All of these pieces are under $50!

Check out this super sweet little honey pot! (above) wouldn't it be a great gift accompanied by a jar of local honey!
Can you believe it?! All the stuff on this shelf is under $50! You can find Karen and her lovely pots at #6 CURVE studios & gardens-open 7 days, 11am-4pm. Also check out her work online at

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Today's featured Artist: Maria Andrade!

Let me show you some of Maria Andrade's beautiful functional ceramics!
This turquoise candle holder is a fairly new piece of Maria's and it is sooo cute! This one is under $100.

This set of two candle holders is under $50!

Turquoise and green espresso mugs with saucers-under $50. What a wonderful gift these would be with some locally roasted espresso!
Check out more of Maria's beautiful work at
p.s. Maria also makes some really unique menorahs!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Today's featured Artist: Alena Hennessy

Check out Alena Hennessy's work! You can visit her at CURVE studios and gardens 7days 11am-4pm. She has framed prints for $60 (unframed are under $50).

These awesome wraps/shawls/scarfs-under $50! She also has a variety of shirts with her wonderful designs on them!

Gallery 262!

I recently joined the brand new Gallery 262 in the cute and quaint little town of Waynesville, NC. The gallery has a wide assortment of wonderful art-jewelry to sculpture to painting to glass! If you're local and have never been to Waynesville, it's a great little day trip. Hope you'll check out my souls at Gallery 262 the next time you're in Waynesville (located at 262 Main St)!
You can find out more about Aaron Stone (owner) and Gallery 262 in this article from The Laurel of Asheville:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Today's Featured Artist: Greg Vineyard!

Today I'm sharing some photos of my studiomate Greg Vineyard's lovely handmade tiles for under $50! Greg also makes these very thoughtful communication animals that incorporate the tiles. Hope you'll stop in at the Constance Williams Gallery at CURVE studios and gardens and check out Greg's tiles!
Be sure to check out more of Greg's art and many other talents at

Monday, November 21, 2011

Today's Featured Artist: Angelique Tassistro!

Angelique Tassistro is one of my fantastic studiomates. She makes beautiful, usable, fun pottery! All of these pots are under $50! There are also a couple of other color schemes to choose from. The first picture is of a "forest glow" scalloped edge bowl-one of her newest color combos and I love it! The awesome thing about giving someone on of Angelique's pots is she often creates them to stack in the cabinet or with a little hook on the back so you can hang buying 2 gifts in one-a piece of pottery and a painting!

Stop by our studio at the Constance Williams Gallery at CURVE studios and garden-open 7 days 11am-4pm!
See more of Angelique's work at

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Intimidated to buy handmade?

It can be a bit intimidating to walk into an artist's studio or a gallery and be excited about buying a handmade gift for someone and then see the price tag...especially when shopping on a budget. So I thought I would tell you about works of art that me and some of my favorite artists have made in the categories of under $100 and under $50. I hope you will see somethings that will be the perfect gift for your loved ones and not break the bank!
Small and Medium Souls, under $100!

Mini-souls, Gatherings, and duets-under $50!

Gatherings-under $50! (Make it special with a rock you find on a hike!)

My work can be purchased at the Constance Williams Gallery at CURVE Studios and Garden (9 Riverside Dr., Asheville!)
I will be posting more this week...hope you'll consider purchasing handmade gifts this season!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Just wanted to let you all know that my webite ( expired, but I'm working towards renewing it and it should be back up in the next few days!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Finally done!

"Stages of Memory" is completed and I'm one happy lady! Thanks to Kelly Prestwood ( for making an awesome, sleek steel base. Thanks to Joseph Fluty ( for the lovely photographs!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

"You Can't See Tomorrow From Yesterday's Eyes"

This sculpture found a lovely home in Weaverville, NC. Thank you Mr and Mrs Lucey!

Almost finished! I will be firing it over the next two weeks (6 firings in all)! Should be ready for Studio Stroll, June 11 and 12.

It's growing!!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Here's a view of what the inside looks like where the first and the second section meet. And there I am to give you some scale of how tall two sections are...about halfway there! Stay tuned, I hope it's going to go fast from here on up!

To prepar for the second section, I lay newspaper flat on the first one. I create some really fat coils that have a right angle on one corner to be on the inside of the ring on the second section. I let the coils set up until they are leather hard, so they won't stick too much to the newspaper. I go ahead and put the second coil and start shaping it to be flush with the first section.

Finishing off the first section!

Here is the top of the first section. I created a flange where the second section can rest and have a flat bottom to sit in the kiln. The inner oval is a loosely supported slab that will help with the top rim warping during the firing.

Stage 1

Here's the first section! (I forgot to take pics at the beginning...oops) This is a little under 2ft tall. The souls in relief and carved in are made as I built it up. I made stencils out of paper to trace onto the clay as I work my way up so they will be proportional.

How to Start...

I decided I wanted to do a sketch to scale to create this life-sized soul. The sketch is approximately 6ft tall. This will give me a guideline to see the proportions and contours as I build it rather that just guessing and getting something kind of wonky.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Another Article!

Wow, I've been really bad at keeping up with this blog thing! What can you do when your priority is to make the art? This is a little bit of a delayed reaction, but just wanted to let you know that I was chosen to be the Featured Artist in the January issue of the Laurel of Asheville. Although the February issue is on the stands now, you can still find the lovely article Paul Howey wrote online at