Meet Betsy

Betsy Gray Porcelain Asheville, NC

It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I discovered I needed to make things. I sewed, knitted, crocheted, did needlepoint, crewel, you name it. But when I took my first clay class, the magic happened and I have not looked back.

Over the years I have never lost my fascination with clay and it’s endless possibilities. When I pick up a ceramic or porcelain creation, I wonder about the hands that made it and the marks they left. It’s like having a conversation with someone who, in most cases, I will never know. And so my own pots want to be held and used, to be a part of someone’s life.

My work is both thrown and hand-built porcelain. The surface designs are usually floral, or reminiscent of other forms in nature. I have had many teachers over the years, admired and held hand-made pots here at home, in Europe, South America, Africa, China, Morocco, and in Japan, where I was invited to create art in 2002. My work is a reflection of all those teachers, and all those pots I have loved.

I’m a member of Southern Highland Craft Guild and live in beautiful Asheville, NC.

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