I have been intrigued with organic qualities in clay from a young age. Trying to inject a living and dancing quality into the clay has been a goal of mine for a very long time. I use “Slung Slabs” on collar areas of vessels, ears, or beaks on my animals. Using “Slung Slabs” stretches and infuses pieces with a permanent sense of movement. Continue reading “Janet Leazenby”
Moxi Ceramics offers a whimsical range of colorful and practical dishware and decor. All of my pottery is wheel thrown, hand-painted, glazed, and fired in my own studio. My cheerful and bold ceramics are created with the goal to bring everyday joy to the people using them.
I was born and raised in Asheville, NC and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2020 with dual majors in Geography and Gender Studies. I learned foundational pottery techniques while at Asheville High School and once I returned to Asheville, expanded on that past knowledge to teach myself how to decorate, glaze, and fire my own work. I dove into pottery as an escape from the stresses of the pandemic with the goal to make colorful and amusing pots.
Over the past few years I have participated in several shows and pop up shops around Asheville. This year I was honored to be featured at the Indie Craft Parade in Greenville, SC as an emerging artist. In addition to Number 7 Arts in Brevard, you can find my pottery in Asheville at Marquee in the River Arts District. Follow me @moxiceramics on Instagram to stay up to date with my newest designs and to see more about my process!
My interest in art began with stained glass and acrylic painting. It wasn’t until I took a wheel-throwing course that I fell in love with creating in clay. I continued to develop my abilities for several years, working under the respected and talented sculptor, Rosalia Riera. Nature inspires me and my love of wildlife has given me endless sources for expression in my clay work. I let the clay tell me what it wants to become. Continue reading “Nancy Rosenthal”
I was born loving mud – making pies from mud, wading creeks with mud squishing between my toes, and finally making my own creations from clay. My love of pottery has a long history. Collecting pottery on trips in the U.S., South America, and Europe were vacation highlights, and opportunities to observe potters at work mesmerized me. One magical day a potter observed my keen interest, and invited me to make a pot; my love of collecting pottery was transformed into a passion for making pottery.
Following my retirement as a store owner, my husband and I were free to move to our property in Balsam Grove. There Sitting Rock Studio was born, named after a special place along our stream where my son built my sitting rock. I find many moments of inspiration there as I listen to the sounds of the forest and immerse myself in its beauty.
Not surprisingly, much of my pottery is inspired by the beauty of the Appalachian forests, rocks, and waterfalls. Texture is a dominant feature in my work. My tools range from the forest flora to vintage lace to the everyday objects that disappear from our home! Earth tones are prevalent in my pottery, but experimentation in many glaze combinations brings me great satisfaction as well. I hold adventurous learning in high regard and it is not uncommon for new designs to appear in my pottery selection.
Making pottery brings me great joy. My hope is that when you hold something I’ve made, you will also feel that joy.
Sitting Rock Studio