I make functional pottery that is as pretty to use as it is to look at. Each one is unique! I use clay purchased from the Village Potters in RAD and mix all my own glazes. Primarily I throw pieces on the potters wheel and then using small handmade stamps that I design and make; I decorate the surface of the pot one stamp at a time. Once it’s decorated I bisque fire it, glaze it and fire it again. From the beginning of drawing to the finished piece, some of my signature collection pieces take months to complete.
There was no beginning per say... Growing up using handmade objects was just a way of life. But if you want to know about when I knew I wanted to be a potter. It was helping my Dad (master chair maker and blacksmith Lyle Wheeler) at a craft show in Banner Elk NC. North Carolina heritage potters Glen and Lula Bolick were there demonstrating throwing on a kick wheel outside. I was captivated! I watched for hours that first day and eventually Lula asked if I would like to touch the pot she was working on. I was so excited! I sat up on the stool and reached out and as my finger slid across the piece, my soul became electrified. I knew I wanted to make pottery. Ever since then I have worked to craft that life.
The wine glasses pictured above are one of my favorites to make. A good thing too because they are one of my best sellers.
When I think back to my younger years (you know when I was in high school) day dreaming about being a potter I didn't really know what that dream looked like. I have an idea now but I am still working toward crafting the life of a ceramic artist.
Come visit us!
Plays in Mud Pottery is located at
735C Haywood Rd.
Asheville, NC 2806