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Custom One of a Kind Turtle Creek Redware from the Workshops of David Smith

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 The glaze on this pottery is lead based so the pottery is intended for decorative use only.

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One of a Kind Halloween Pot

This incredible and truly one-of-a-kind pot came to life with the combined effort of all three of our talented potters. The base and lid of this piece are both wheel thrown by master potter Chris Woods and it is an impressive 24 inches tall and 14 inches wide at its widest point. On the base of the pot Chris added a cobblestone effect on the bottom neck and at the top border. He also added this cobblestone pattern on the lid that serves as a platform for our witch trio. It was important that this creation should have special handles that befit the unique theme of the piece. It was decided that a gnarled tree creeping up from the bottom of the base and repeated on the lid was a very appropriate addition. The handles were put in place by Chris with special care and expertise due to this pots substantial size and weight. The trees are misshapen and knotty with intricate carved bark detail.

While Chris was busy with the production of the pot and the overall stability of the applied handles - potter Sherry Ackell was creating the sculpted pieces that would soon adorn the base and lid. For the lid, she sculpted three enchanting and very unique witch sisters that are intent on casting a happy spell. The three stand behind a cauldron that is sitting atop a roaring fire. Sherry has given all three robed garments, peaked witch hats and long stringy hair. The witch on the left is holding a toad, has green eyes, a black hat with yellow buckle, a gaping mouth with sharp teeth and black pointy toed boots. The center witch’s hands are aloft as if casting her spell. She has large hands with long gnarled fingers, prominent black brows, long stringy black hair, a black robed garment, a black hat with yellow buckle, warts, a pointy chin and two teeth. Her feet, in black pointy boots are just visible behind the cauldron. The third witch, on the right, has a black hat with yellow buckle, long stringy dark hair, pointy toed boots and she is holding a snake that is painted yellow and green. She is by far our favorite due to her incredibly expressive face. She has mesmerizing eyes, droopy and heavily jowled cheeks, a recessive and weak chin and a prominent nose with an apparent split top lip jutting out underneath. This sister has somehow managed to keep most of her teeth. Behind the sisters you will find the familiar black cat and two sculpted pumpkins. Chris Woods added slip decorated details using spice yellow, apple green and dark manganese. A spell that has been slip decorated on the front of the lid reads – (Double, double, toil and trouble, Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Fillet of a fenny snake, in the cauldron boil and bake) – a snake has been added at the close of the spell. A spell that has been slip decorated on the back side of the lid reads – (Eye of newt and toe of frog. Wool of bat, and tongue of dog. Adder’s fork, and blind worm’s sting. Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing) – a lizard has been added at the close of the spell.
The base has many, many sculpted additions by Sherry. On the FRONT, at the very top, you will see two sculpted and applied bats flying in the night sky. Curling around the sides of the base you will see tendrils of the sculpted tree reaching out in a graceful pattern. The bottom front of the base features three sculpted toadstools and a large eight legged spider. The toadstools are slip decorated in apple green and yellow and are growing out of mottled and mossy soil. The large spider is deep black manganese and is perched at the base of a delicate web slip decorated in white. Chris Woods added slip decorated details using manganese, spice yellow, museum yellow, apple green, tan and white to create a spooky nighttime scene at the center. There is the apparition of a detailed witch on broomstick just crossing over the surface of the full harvest moon. Wispy cloud cover was added to the night sky and she is flying over a harvested field. In front of the field we have the whimsical addition of five little pumpkins sitting on the black picket fence. Each has a unique carved jack-o-lantern countenance.
On the BACK of the base you will see many additional sculpted and applied creatures and details. At the top of the base you will see two sculpted manganese bats flying over the surface of a moon slip decorated in museum yellow. Below our bats you will see our Halloween Blessing that has been slip decorated in spice yellow, it reads – “Out with you! Spirit of fear, Spirit of death. Give way to the Sun and the Moon! For this is a place made safe! And all who reside here, let none enter here unbidden, keep harm and fear far from this place. May God and Goddess Bless us. So mote it so, So mote it be”. At the very bottom you will see tendrils of tree roots framing in both sides – look closely for hidden faces. There is a sculpted and applied tombstone seated in a bed of mossy grass. The tombstone has an incised skeleton and RIP at the top – you will also see a slip decorated ghoul rising up from behind.
Our potters have been ‘under the spell’ of this piece for the 4 weeks it has been in production. Its creation has dominated all of our daytime pottery moments and even intruded into one potter’s nighttime dreams. You know you are enthralled by your work when you dream the best way to create and attach the spooky handles that support and enhance this bewitching piece. We hope this pot finds a home with someone who will be as ‘enchanted’ by it as we were during its making.

28"high x 14"wide

Sold for $ 2850

Oct 9th, 2012

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Artist: Chris Woods

Benjamin Franklin Story Pot

This heavily researched and highly decorated pot is one of our finest pieces yet. Dedicated to one of America's most influential founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin was a leading inventor, musician, postmaster general, grandmaster, abolitionist, writer, scientist, and politician - just to name a few. This pot tells the story of Benjamin's colorful life and legacy using a combination of highly intricate redware techniques and our serious dedication to accurately representing our proud revolutionary history.

Many of our founding fathers are known for and represented our great country on the battlefield; George Washington, our first president, is among that number. Benjamin Franklin, however, used his skill of diplomacy and the written word to serve his country. His negotiating skills helped shape the early and present United States of America.

Sculpted and seated on the lid are four familiar objects that would have brought comfort and peace to our great founding father: Poor Richards Almanac (to symbolize his love and quest for knowledge, he authored this book), a candlestick (he always appreciated good light to read by), his bifocals (necessary for his exhaustive reading and research as well as his invention), and his quill pen (always a writer he enjoyed sharing his humor and philosophy). All four of these items are superbly sculpted and attached to the top of the lid.

Using his diplomatic skills to benefit our country's inception wasn't his only legacy. He began further helping the people of the United States with his many great and visionary inventions: Postal Service, Fire Department, Insurance, Night Watch & Militia to Keep Peace, Bifocals, Lighting Rod (to protect buildings and ships), and the Franklin Stove (made heating homes safer and more efficient).

Many of his inventions and inspirations have been artistically rendered on the lid of this great piece: the Odometer (ever efficient he used this to map out the mail routes for the postal service), the Glass Armorica (a musical instrument he invented in 1762, Mozart later wrote 2 works for it), the Franklin Stove, the Kite, and a Lightning Rod.

The uppermost border on the body of this pot is inscribed with many of his worthwhile professions. "Musician", "Inventor", "Postmaster General", "Grand Master", "American", "Writer", "Scientist", and "Politician" all appear at the uppermost border. Below that, the body of the pot has an identifiable portrait of Benjamin beautifully etched in the front, as well as his birth, death date, and location. The opposite side has an inscription that reads: "I now take up a resolution to do for the future all that lies in my way for the service of my countrymen." Benjamin Franklin further sought to cultivate his character by a plan of thirteen virtues that he listed in his autobiography. We have included these virtues, which are located at the stem/base of the pot that connects the body to the foot. The virtues listed are: "Temperance", "Silence", "Order", "Resolution", "Frugality", "Industry", "Sincerity", "Justice", "Moderation", "Cleanliness", "Tranquility", "Chastity", and "Humility".

Benjamin Franklin was also the only individual to sign all four documents that were necessary to negotiate the peaceful inception and government of our great nation. Those documents are: "The Declaration of Independence", "The Treaty of Alliance, Amity, and Commerce with France", "The Treaty of Peace Between England, France, and The United States", and "The Constitution of 1787". All four of these documents are listed at the foot of this great piece in an illuminated and decorated rectangular panel.

This one of a kind piece has copper, manganese, and sgraffito decoration on a museum yellow background. The pot has top-to-bottom manganese dot illumination, apple green decoration, translucent copper highlights, and all over sgraffito decoration. There are too many individual details to mention on this beautiful piece - we hope the photos do it justice.

*Note - Inside the lid of the pot, you'll find a hidden inscription that reads: "Inject yourself each morning with a dose of responsibility, respect and discepline." The artist, Chris Woods, has also included a small bird on branch.
Measurements: Height: 19.25", Width: 10.5", Base Diameter: 8"

Price was: $2,495.00  SOLD

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 Independence Day Redware Urn


The pedestal base measures 6.25 inches. It has slip decorated stars and banding in museum yellow and manganese slip-trailed detail. The inscription on the base reads – “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation”. These majestic words are the preamble to the Declaration of Independence – July 4, 1776. This is the document that created our country and once and for all separated us from our colonial master, Great Britain.

The second sentence of the Declaration of Independence has been called “one of the best known sentences in the English language” and “the most potent and consequential words in American history”. We have placed that sentence on the body of this great pot. It reads – “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”. The other panel is inscribed with the 13 colonies who signed The Declaration –New Hampshire, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, & South Carolina. Also on the body the artist has added an applied eagle and two slip decorated cannons. The uppermost rim of the body has applied flowers and a delicate vine border in copper – the artist has also added tiny stars slip decorated in museum yellow. The base has 3 fancy scrolled handles applied to the sides and back.

The lid has slip decorated stars and banding in museum yellow and illuminated dots. It has delicate manganese squiggle detail at the outer most edge. The artist has added a complex and delicate incised pattern as the final border to this incredible piece. Resting inside the incised border are five hand sculpted symbols that are significant to our country – Eagle, Shield, Declaration of Independence, Flag, & Cannonballs. Beautifully sculpted, these symbols add unique and one of a kind detail to this incredible Independence Day Pot. Wood-fired redware.

$ 2195

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 Independence Day Redware Urn

Only One Made - 16.75"H

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