Meet Kathy Eaton of Farmington Hills, MI. She is the talent behind, The Glazed Potter, thrown and hand built functional stoneware. It is imprinted with found or hand molded items or decorated with hand molded leaves, butterflies, dragonflies, with a layered glaze that breaks to create a unique and distinctive look. Kathy grew up in rural northern Ohio, she graduated from high school in 1965, and her first job was to take baby pictures for a company in North Carolina.
As early as high school, she was making clothes and selling them. During her children's early years, Kathy did alterations, taught quilting and applique, knitting, and basket weaving. She wove baskets and sold them at local fairs and then through wholesale markets during her children's school years. Kathy has always had an appreciation for pottery so when she found the program at OCC nine years ago, she couldn't resist. How long have you been creating your art work?
I have only been working in clay for 8 years. I have always done something creative and marketed my products as early as 10th grade. At that time I made Barbie doll clothes. But I have always wanted to work in clay and found the perfect start at OCC. What makes your art work unique or distinctive?
I think my glazes set my work apart. I use glazes that break over textured surfaces and layer them to give a distinctive look. I hope that the joy I find in working with clay shows through to my customers. What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
Looking at the environment and seeing inspiration and then trying to translate it into clay.
What do you enjoy doing besides making art?
You can find lots of Kathy's lovely stoneware at Yellow Door. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting info about Kathy all this week!
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