Two Owls Pottery is located west of Charlottesville, Va in Crozet. My studio is in my basement and garage at the back of the house. I am open anytime by appointment and most weekends but please call first. 434-882-1417. My website is www.TwoOwlsPottery.com.
The Story of Two Owls
Being a Virginia native, my inspiration comes from nature, my mother and my Native American heritage. My creative side came out late in life and is ever growing but the pottery is always functional and for everyday use.
Creating a form, from a ball of clay, on a wheel has intrigued me ever since I was a little girl when my mother took me to a pottery studio in North Carolina. I love that a simple ball of clay can be transformed into a creation that is visually and aesthetically pleasing. My utilization of glaze, texture, carving, and altering a pot in many ways, shows how the clay was once very pliable before reaching its final destination as stoneware.
I took my first pottery class with a local potter, Becky Garrity, who encouraged me to take a class with Tom Clarkson at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), which I did in 2002. Well, one class and I was hooked. As an athlete and jockey, I never thought of myself as an artist or creative in any way, but I soon found out differently.
At PVCC, my classmates all seemed to have a stamp to put on their pottery as their signature. I thought I would give it a try, so I looked thru all of my mother's jewelry, I had inherited, to see if I could find something suitable. Well, my mother was very fond of owls, so naturally, I found two owls among her possessions that I started testing on my pottery. One day, I was glazing some pieces that I had used my new stamp with the two owls on when my professor, Tom, walked in and said, "So you're Two Owls." Evidently, he had been wondering who's stamp that was.
Well, the name resonated with me because, as an adoptee, I had recently found my birth family and discovered that I am Native American. Native Americans are named at birth according to what is happening around them at the time of their birth, usually associated with nature. Later in life, society bestows on them a new name which is earned by their life experiences and accomplishments. I wasn't ready for my own studio, yet, but knew that when I was it would be called Two Owls.