Paveen Beer Chunhaswasdikul - Showing Artist

Paveen Chunhaswasdikul (“Beer” for short) was born in Thailand. He came to the US to study English at Gadsden State Community College in 1985. After graduation, he attended Jacksonville State University and while there, discovered pottery in an art class taught by Steve Loucks. After successful business ventures, he set up a small studio in 2002 and is now a full-time potter.

”My goal is to make pottery that is expressive and fun. All of my pottery is wheel-thrown and hand built. I do not cast nor use a mold of any kind. I make my own tools and formulate my own glazes. While designing and making functional pottery is fun and enjoyable for me, nothing gives greater pleasure than watching someone pick up one of my pieces to examine it and then smile their approval." There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

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Lynette Hesser - Showing Artist

"As a ceramic artist, I derive the designs in my work from floral and geometric images and patterns. I create the designs by carving into the surface of the piece or with three-dimensional embellishments. By capturing the essence of flowers, I relate the position and the type of flowers, scenes, or patterns to the shape of each piece. Recreating exact replicas of the individual plants is not important as I add my creative touch, design, and details to each piece.

"Whether they become flowers, leaves, fungus, mushrooms, seaweed, or imaginary plants as wall sculptures or functional serving pieces, the work brings a sweet sense of satisfaction to me to visually enjoy and use. An added benefit is that they never require weeding!" There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

Darla Williamson

"Working in clay, my favorite pieces are the ones that defy boundaries... irregular edges, lace and fabric patterns, carved Zentangle patterns. I work in stoneware clay with mostly food safe glazes. The pieces are functional, even if sometimes the function is just to be pretty! I love to reclaim old fabrics to reuse with clay. It's OK if they are stained or torn; their beauty can be captured and preserved. I strive to make pieces that inspire people to touch them through texture, color and form.

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Tamara Shadinger - Showing Artist

Tamara Shadinger creates handbuilt clay sculptures inspired by the wonders of God's kingdom. She considers their formation to be a personal act of worship and prays that they will call attention to the true Creator. As Tamara researches the animals that she plans to sculpt, she is constantly amazed by their intricacy and the special features that make them perfectly suited for their environment. Each of her animals has its own unique personality and is accompanied by a Scripture verse. There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

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Steve Loucks - Showing Artist

"My ceramic work is divided between utilitarian pottery and glorified vessels. My functional, utilitarian pottery is elegantly or whimsically designed to perform with ease and delight making using it a special and pleasurable experience. My glorified vessels are based upon functional vessels that abandon utilitarian concerns for a more sculptural approach. The pieces are glazed with multiple layers of glazes that are medium to high-fired in a reduction or oxidation atmosphere.

"I enjoy making utilitarian pottery for everyday use in the home or business. I install bathroom and kitchen tile work and make outside, ceramic decorative elements for the home or business." There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

Adam Snyder - Showing Artist

"I moved to Alabama from Vermont five years ago; there, I was an alternative education school social worker, and pottery was my creative outlet.

“I believe that functional pieces should be beautiful, and I do my best to make them that way. I work mostly on the potter’s wheel with fantastic porcelain, but I also use white stoneware to make pieces that might need to be a bit tougher.

"It’s hugely satisfying to have my work enjoyed and appreciated by people in many places, and since pottery can last a lifetime if taken care of, I know that people who purchase my work will be able to enjoy them for many years!” There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

Diane Walls - Showing Artist

Diane Walls grew up in the Tampa Bay area, in a family with a deep appreciation for art and design. After earning her B.A. degree in Visual Communications at Florida State University in 1979, she had an extensive graphic design career. Work led her to New York City, Tampa, and Atlanta. She worked as an art director at several advertising agencies and then operated her own graphic design studio for over 20 years. All the while, she also made pottery, avidly taking many clay classes as a side interest.

Diane currently works full time in the the tactile realm of clay. She creates functional pottery, a line of handcrafted house number tiles, and other one-of-a-kind architectural tile work. There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

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Barbarann Beckett-Gaines - Showing Artist

Barbarann Beckett-Gaines is a mathematician and computer scientist who fell in love with clay. Now retired from the faculty at Jefferson State Community College, she is Artist in Residence at the Spain Park High School in Hoover, where she works with students in the school's Park Gallery.

"In recent years I have enjoyed hand building and decorating my pieces with my personally designed stamps related to my favorite subject (guess what?) as you can see in this photo. This is not an artist's statement to tell you how to interpret my work. Anyone with eyes can see that it is non-functional and decorative. My goal is to produce a smile on your face when you look at it." There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.



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