Interview: Elizabeth Jones, Pottery

As promised, here is our interview with the wonderful Elizabeth Jones! Read through our questions and her answers and you’ll see she really is as awesome we tell you she is. We even took a couple extra pictures to share with you of the pieces that are showcased in our shop for the month of July.

Business Name: Elizabeth Jones

Facebook Page: http://tinyurl.com/ejonespotteryfacebook

Website: www.twitter.com/potterartist

ALBH: How did you get into pottery?

EJ: I really enjoyed ceramics classes in high school. Then, I took a ceramics class as a freshman at Virginia Tech through the Architecture Department. I attempted to make my first drum which didn’t seem to measure up, so I dropped the class and didn’t get into clay again until almost twenty years later when I was really yearning for it again. I took classes in Black Mountain and Asheville, North Carolina. I purchased second hand equipment and tools and practice as much as possible at my home studio.

ALBH: Was your making pottery hard to learn?

EJ: Yes and no. Hand building, coil building, pinch pots, creative ideas, no. Wheel throwing, lid making, good handles, and glazing well, yes.  I have an old manual kiln, so that took awhile to figure out compared to a computerized kiln. The kiln and firing process is challenging to me, I get help with that and the glaze mixing. Additionally, there are many points along the way that can be interpreted as hard or discouraging like pieces getting cracked or ruined anywhere along the way to a good finished piece..

ALBH: What materials do you use in your pottery?

EJ: A variety of different clays, glazes and oxides. I use an electric kiln for firing the pieces twice and kiln furniture for setting up the pieces within the kiln.

ALBH: How long have you been at making your pottery?

EJ: On and off for about 5 years.

ALBH: Assume I was buying one of your pieces – how should I take care of it? Any special instructions?

EJ: Washing the pottery in a dishwasher is ok, but you should handwash just to be safe; Do not use for the oven. The drum heads should be oiled with a small amount of Vitamin E or Olive oil to preserve it; Tighten by blowing with a hair dryer gently and not too close, or place several feet away from a fire.  Cool, damp locations will loosen the drum head.

ALBH: “Pottery” is a pretty generic term – what specific items do you make?

EJ: I make a variety of pottery. I like making vases and jars, knitting bowls, mugs, planters, plates, drums, incense holders, and other things. I’ll make custom items if someone has a request.

ALBH: What’s your long-term goal as an artist?

EJ: To attend more classes, sell and exhibit in more places.

ALBH: What does the word “Hippie” mean to you?

EJ: To me a hippie is a happy peace monger.

ALBH: What advice do you have to offer other artists?

EJ: Patience, be open while working, honor your own artistic process.  Make room for creative exploration, enjoy “messing up” — mistakes often become more interesting pieces and open up possibilities in your thinking.

ALBH: What’s your inspiration?

EJ: I get inspired be meeting talented ceramic artists who are fulfilled by what they do.  Positive feedback for my work motivates me to keep at it. I read articles and watch videos to view ceramic art and learn more about other ceramicists experiences.

ALBH: What do you do for fun, outside of your art?

EJ: Gardening, swimming, hiking, reading

ALBH: What is your draw to your specific craft?

EJ: I have an inner-draw to pottery, almost like a need.  It has a meditative-ness to it, I find it helps me center and focus. I love the tangibility and malleability of the experience. Creating and sharing my work with others is enjoyable too.

Elizabeth Jones: Pottery

We would like to welcome our very first Budding Artist to A Little Bit Hippy: Elizabeth Jones!

Normally, we would share with you an interview between us and the artist so we could all get to know them a little bit better, but we’re going to put that off for just a few more days. Elizabeth is into much more than just pottery, so finding the time to answer questions is a little difficult in between digging for new septic systems, remodeling a home, installing a new kitchen, and losing internet access.

Elizabeth’s work is absolutely stunning and has a vibrant life all it’s own that you just have to see in person. With everything from mugs and dishes to knitting bowls and drums, the work is amazing and impeccable. We’ve taken a few pictures, but believe us when we say this doesn’t do her work justice. Swing by her Facebook Page, become a fan, and let her know where you’ve seen her work! Enjoy!