Meet Gail Hiller
Gail got her start when she decided to go to school to become an art teacher when her children were still in school. After taking classes in pottery, which were mainly to help toward her degree, she was asked to be in the Potter's Market. Gail loved pottery and the market so much that she ended up steering her life down a different path. With the proceeds from every show, she would buy herself another piece of equipment and take classes in Ceramic Technology.
Gail's purpose is being fulfilled every day when she brings another pot or poem into the world. She delivers uplifting messages in her work.
What are your goals for the future, both artistically and in life?
To stay active with my grandchildren & community, and to teach people to see beauty in all things.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
Never rob anyone of their joy. Be a giver, but also be a gracious gift receiver. Never copy another's work. You rob yourself by copying because you deny the God-given talents you were given.
What are you currently working on?
mugs and bowls
What is your favorite piece of artwork that you have created?
My Michigan plate
Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your artwork?
I paint in watercolors and oils. I painted a very large self-portrait about 10 years ago, and I update it every year to show how I have changed.
What is your strongest memory of your childhood?
I have a large family. When we were children, we played "Santa" and "Christmas," in our basement. We wrapped up our toys in newspapers and hid while the little ones found their "gifts."
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I refuse to eat liver! Also, I believe that chocolate is nature's perfect food.
Where do you gather most of your inspiration for your artwork?
From writing in my journal every morning.
What super power would you have?
The ability to talk to someone without saying a word.
What is your favorite...
Color: All colors
Pet and/or animal: Pixie, our Boston Terrier, and all animals -- I love elephants.
Movie: "Now, Voyager" with Bette Davis
Board Game: I'm not a fan of board games, but I do like Apples to Apples with my grandchildren
Holiday: Christmas & Halloween
Best cup of coffee: The ones I make.
Ice cream: Lemon or coffee
What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
Copyright your poems.
What's the one thing you can't live without?
What is the best cultural event you visited in the past year?
Metro Detroit Book & Author Luncheon. I met Chris from MSNBC and took a selfie with him!
You can find lots of Gail's beautiful pottery at Yellow Door and online.