I love wind chimes and really wish I had a place on my deck to put one :) While searching Etsy for some wind chimes I came across Laurel Arts. She has some of the most amazing pottery and glass items I've seen. So when Laurel agreed to a feature/give away I was thrilled! Wait till you see the prize :) Laurel also has free shipping to Canada & USA on quite a few of her items right now!
Please, tell us about yourself?
I grew up in Charlotte, NC, with all kinds of animals, cats, dogs, birds, chickens, cows, horses and rabbits, they were all my favorites. I went to High School and College there, and lived in that area until 1991 when my husband and I built a small log cabin in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is where I pursued my interest in pottery and glass work. I have two daughters, both of them live in the Myrtle Beach area of SC. I have one granddaughter who is 10 years old and is showing an interest in pottery as well.
Being Ceramics and Pottery your specialty, please tell us about your beginnings, how did it all start?
Pottery is actually a third artistic career for me. I have been creative my whole life, dabbling in oil painting as well as watercolors and until 1990 I operated a small but prosperous woodworking business, specializing in wood carvings of Old World Santas, rabbits and other animals, humorous plaques, bird houses and feeders. I was forced to give that up because of recurring aches and numbness in my hands. I was diagnosed with MS, the remitting, recurring type, and found that working with the wood and the saws and knives were not only painful, but dangerous as well. That diagnosis led me to pottery because working with clay is so therapeutic for my hands. I actually started creating things in clay that I had been creating in wood. I like to create whimsical objects that make someone look twice. And I love to create personalized pieces that are custom designed for that special person. As far as my MS goes, it turned out to be a blessing, leading me into an area of art that maybe I wouldn't have entered into otherwise. I have been in full remission for over nine years now.
Where and/or how do you find inspiration?
I am inspired by nature, the trees, the leaves, animals , other artists, but my customers are probably my greatest source of inspiration. They will share an idea with me, and that starts the creative juices flowing. We collaborate until we come up with the perfect piece for them.
When you are not creating, what do you do?
I spend time with my husband, who is now retired. We play golf, we work and play with our pets, as well as spending time with our family.
Anything else you would like to say?
Family is important to me and this past year I created The Family Tree Wind Chime. It is made out of clay and is in shapes of various sized leaves, imprinted with family names, dates, power words, etc. I think it is the perfect gift for anyone, parents, grandparents, newlyweds, etc. I was especially thrilled this past Christmas when I designed one for a family and they asked me to add to the order a separate leaf imprinted with a young lady's name on it. I put that separate leaf in a small box and tied it with a pretty bow. I was told that on Christmas morning the completed wind chime was presented to this young man's family and of course they were thrilled. He then handed the box with the separate leaf to his visiting girl friend and proposed to her. She has since added her leaf to their Family Tree Wind Chime. I felt a part of that celebration. I love hearing from customers and the stories they share. I take a lot of pride in my art, my creations. I try to create not only whimsical pieces, but functional as well.
NOW FOR THE GIVE AWAY!
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Someone will win this beautiful personalized wind chime. The winner can have 16 leaves personalized with their names, words, dates, pet's names, etc. as well as choose the color!!
THIS GIVE AWAY IS CLOSED!!
Audrey's Country Crafts is in no way responsible for the mailing of the prize. After the name is drawn I will contact that person. They have 3 days to respond before another name will be picked! The name and address will be forwarded.
Thank-you for entering!!