Traditional Art, Contemporary Style
Influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, Carter takes original hand crafted ceramic art tiles and blends them with mosaics and American hardwoods to make decorative furnishings and accessories for the home or office.
Whew, this past winter was tough. I thought I’d get to the shop to do some experimenting, but, well I spent my time keeping the house warm (we heat with wood) and plowing the drive. I have spent the spring sprucing up around the house – and planting a small garden (the deer just drive me nuts). Last weekend Marty, my wife, and I took some classes at the Jacksonville Center on Container Gardening and Native, Sustainable Gardening. Both were fun (and we have two great containers on our deck). Today I have just returned to Floyd from a Potter’s Council weekend workshop on “Handbuilding” in Atlanta. The workshops were great – and they really given me the bug to get back down to the shop and get my hands in some clay. I do have some upcoming shows this summer and a few classes.
A year ago last fall (yeah – 2007) I was approached by my friend Tom to make a funerary box for his wife Shirley who had passed away on June 12, 2007. Although I said yes – I really had no idea how to go about it. Back in the ‘70s, when I was throwing pots in Southern Ohio, I had made an “ash pot” (a salt-glazed jug with a leather and bone lid)– I always figured I might use that for my self – but a funerary box was something totally different!
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February is a great month for me…it’s my birthday month (I’m a Groundhog Day baby) and every year Marty (my wife) and I take a trip to Asheville NC on the third weekend in February to attend the Arts & Crafts Conference and Antique Show at the Grove Park Inn. This show is definitely the place for enthusiasts (and collectors) of period pieces from the Arts & Crafts Movement (and lovers of Mission Style and Craftsman Style products). The Grove Park Inn in itself is a piece of work, not to mention all of the contemporary craftsmen that are reproducing products from the period and the actual antiques that you can see (and buy).
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