Cara Jean Clay

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Pottery with Controlled Abandon

Inspired by Nature’s lush forms, I use porcelain and stoneware to create my own personal garden. Most often I begin on the wheel and then alter the shapes, adding hand coiled porcelain leaves, seeds and berries, or suggestions of vines, flowers, bark and twig trimmings to capture the allure of garden life.

I decorate the forms - often inside out and upside down. While slowly drying the layered attachments of coils, swirls and curls, sometimes I paint herons, owls or fantastical bird life using underglaze watercolors and pastels. I Love making functional (and sculptural) Pitchers, Vases and Creamers, abstract Wall Gardens and Garden Vase-Bowls....all handmade with love and ready to display in windows, on walls, in fountains or filled with flowers. My favorite mantra ..."Never Enough Flowers!"   I hope to entice you to look closer at every curl, and to touch! ...Clay is meant to be touched. Simple tactile joy!

Rue de Lille

Stoneware Garden Pitcher

8 1/2" H, 5" W, 6 1/2" D

Angel Whispers

Porcelain Bowl and Pitcher

9 1/2" H x 10" W.  

Champagne Garden

Porcelain hand-coiled bowl

6 1/4" H x 15" W x 11 1/2" D.