About the Artist
I believe that clay is a vehicle to create vessels that are both beautiful and utilitarian. My pots are reminiscent of a time when all pottery was handmade and intended for daily use. In a world where the connection between the maker and object is increasingly distant, I continue to make functional pottery. Working with clay connects me to something deeper inside and allows me to slow down and focus on what is important in my life. My goal is for the user to make the pot part of their daily life and hopefully remind them of the need for harmony with our natural environment.
Clay is responsive to the touch when wet but when fired it becomes both dense and strong. I take great satisfaction in knowing that when I create a pot it becomes something real and permanent. My wish is that the excitement and pleasure I experience when making pots comes through in the end product and that the user will feel a connection to the maker as well.
Brenda is a founding member of Carolina Clay Matters, a guild that currently numbers over ninety ceramic artists. She has held positions on their board several times over the years. For seven years, she owned and operated a fine crafts gallery in Mooresville, NC and maintained a studio there. She was also part of Clayworks, a non-profit organization, dedicated to education and to fostering public interest in ceramics. Her studio is currently located in Mint Hill, NC.
Recently, she has worked as a teaching assistant at the John C. Campbell Folk School. She participates in juried pottery shows and has won numerous awards for her work. She also exhibits in galleries throughout the eastern United States.