Updated: May 28, 2019
They have always enjoyed art and creative pursuits, and have long been interested in a variety of media. Calligraphy as an art form was a very exciting discovery. It was a creative outlet that allowed the expression of thoughts and emotions on many levels. While calligraphy still remains constant in a lot of their work, a focus on mixed media, the blending of a variety of styles and materials, has begun to take center stage. Their pottery is created from vintage blocks and license plates. When they decided on a name for their business, the had no idea how appropriate the name would become!
What is your favorite piece of work that you have created?
I love these large bowls that Mark has been creating. The glaze colors are gorgeous!
What are you currently working on?
We recently had a customer that asked if we could create a license plate cookie jar for her. We are working on that prototype now. It’s been fun working out the details. Also, we recently took our Bird on a Wire encaustic blocks and turned them into a tile series. We currently have a customer that is going to use them as a kitchen backsplash. We might do the same thing!
Where do you gather most of your inspiration for your artwork?
We tend to get our best ideas when we collaborate. Mark recently created an outdoor space for us (complete with a 'catio' for the cats) where we can sit, relax, and brainstorm. Some of our best ideas have come from those moments.
What’s one thing you can’t live without?
Most definitely family.
What is your favorite...
Pet and/or animal: That’s hard to pick…we have three dogs (an Australian Shepherd, a Border Collie, and a Husky/Cattle Dog mix) as well as five cats, so it’s probably best not to pick favorites.
Season: Now that we live in a place with four seasons, it would be difficult to pick just one. There are lovely things about each of them. I had no idea!
Movie: We are trying to see all of the Oscar-nominated films this year before the Oscars. So far, our favorite has been Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. We tend to like quirky.
Board game: Cribbage. Mark is better than all of us (all that time ice fishing in Minnesota when he was growing up)…but he patiently helps me find the points I miss (unlike our kids who tend to be cutthroat about it).
Best cup of coffee: Proper Cup in Brighton. It’s amazing!!!
Ice cream: Jenni’s Brambleberry Crisp. Sigh…
You can see much more of Patti and Mark's pottery at Yellow Door and online.