It's my first sale since 2019! I hope you can make it out to Sperryville for the day. Please email with any questions.
We invite you to tour the Virtual Art Exhibition with Kat Habib Ceramics and Jen Cable / Flourish Root Floral Studio. Featured artists include: Kevin H. Adams, Ruthie Windsor-Mann, Linda Croxson, Philip Ward, Ron Paras, Kat Habib & Jen Cable.
You can visit the show by clicking virtual exhibits. This show is "ever green" meaning it will stay up and current for the foreseeable future. Additionally, there is a "Meet the Artists" event recording to offer more insight into the lives and processes of the artists display.
This is the first of monthly exhibitions that will showcase Fall Art Tour artists and galleries, brought to you by the Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community (RAAC).
Jen and I were honored by giving a presentation to the community through RAAC with their Soup & Soul dinner series. I started my talk by showing and speaking about my process. I thought it might be helpful to share here as well as many people aren’t familiar with my style of working. The following is adapted from that talk given on 2/15/20.
I am a hand builder, meaning I use coils, slabs (that’s big sheets of clay), and pinching as my construction method. I don’t throw on the pottery wheel at all. This method of working frees me up for exploring different shapes and volumes.
Clay has a memory, meaning that once the water in it evaporates, unless the clay particles have been compressed and well blended, the original form can return. For example, the coils can reappear and separate. I think of coil building almost like knitting, in that I have to pick up the stitch below before I can go forwards, otherwise it will unravel. You will see this in play here.
In my larger pieces, I usually start in about the middle of the pot and work upwards to the base. I do this because gravity helps rather than fights me and I have more control of the lift of the pot. The meeting point of the finished pot and the horizontal surface upon which it rests is incredibly important--the sense of energy coming from that moment is what sets the tone for the final piece. I strive for an elegant grounding, like a dancer with excellent posture reaching upwards. The viewer can feel the tension of the potential movement. I’m not always successful in finding this– it is one of the perennial challenges in working three dimensionally-- but I am thinking about it constantly as I work upwards, trying to harness this feeling.
This initial central coil that I place on the bat is often the only thing I know about what is to come. I like to coil rather quickly so the clay gets a little floppy, then follow the natural curve from gravity until I figure out where I want the form to go. As I coil, I think of letting the clay itself lead me in an intuitive and meditative process. My body knows about the piece before my mind does– my hands feel what is right before I see it and there is a fair amount of stepping back and looking at the piece, letting the clay offer guidance. Once I get a sense that I have reached the base, I attach a slab bottom. I leave the piece uncovered and let it firm up for several hours to a day. An added benefit is that in adding the bottom, an internal air pocket has been created and that air pressure helps to hold the walls of the pot where I want them as the clay firms. This time for the clay to firm is a key part in everything I make as there are moments for each action in the clay; working immediately from start to finish isn’t possible. I end of up frequently hopping from piece to piece with multiple works in progress as I need the clay to be at specific hardness to proceed to the next step. Knowing when a piece is ready to move on is a sort of muscle memory– my hands know the feeling of it from experience, it is not something that I could explain.
Paddling is something I do throughout building a piece. It helps to compress the clay particles making the walls stronger structurally and it gives me more control over the shape of the piece, acting as the first rough knocking about step in the refining process.
When I feel that the clay is ready, I flip the pot over, usually holding my breath as it it quite awkward. Then I begin working upwards towards resolution. I have realized that many of my pots have the scale of my torso– this hasn’t been a conscious decision. I think it is because I like the intimacy of making at that personal scale but also because I haven’t figured out how to flip larger than that comfortably. Wet clay is very heavy, another factor in this. I am guessing that this piece weighs 20-30 lbs at this point; larger than that is rather difficult for me. I will add too that I rushed this process to film it. I planned to include finishing the top of a piece but as soon as I flipped this, I could feel it wanted to slump down. It needed more time so I left it alone.
Once I have the form largely completed, I move into refining it. The rasp is one of my favorite tools as I can remove excess materials and find beautiful curves that are a bit hidden by the chunkiness of my coils. I then use a metal rib to smooth out the surface and remove other little odds and ends. The refining process can take days as I leave the studio and upon returning the next day, realize another millimeter needs to come off or something like that. I finish by using a chamois cloth on the surface so it becomes super smooth.
The final step is drying, also a controlled process as drying too quickly can cause cracking. Plastic dry cleaning bags are a studio tool. As the clay dries, it shrinks with the water evaporating; that shrinkage creates an interior tension that needs to be moderated. I find clay to be a simple process yet very considered with every step.
Clay is a very sensual material and also very dynamic. The artist can build, shape, cut and reattach, and use reductive or additive construction methods; it can also act as a surface for drawing and painting. I enjoy exploring these possibilities.
Have any questions about my process? Please don't hesitate to ask, either as a comment or shoot me an email. Thanks for the interest!
“Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Greetings from the Studio ...
It's been a while since we've been in touch as we have been busy settling into our NEW studio space here at Flourish Root. We moved in this past Spring and have been taking the time to enjoy our new space and all the light and possibilities it has brought us these past months.
Hence, the above photo -- a glimpse into one of the amazing projects we have been involved in this season. There have been all sorts of doors opening for us which have led to upcoming creative and flowering endeavours which we are pleased to share with you -- our friends and clients.
~ Calendar of Events ~
November 3rd & 4th ~ RAAC Fall Art Tour
Flourish Root Floral Studio with Kat Habib Ceramics
For More Info: http://fallarttour.org
November 10th ~ " Painting with Flowers " Class
RappU Lifelong Learning at their Schoolhouse Classroom Location
Register Here: https://rappu.coursestorm.com/category/creative-arts
November 17th ~ Tablescape Creatives Workshop
with Flourish Root Floral Studio & Kat Habib Ceramics
Join us in the studio to create seasonal & nature inspired table florals and
make your own hand built ceramic salt cellar set for your table settings.
Lunch & Refreshments featuring some of our favorite local goodness is included.
Get Tickets Here:
December 15th & 16th ~ Holiday Sale & Open House Weekend
1 to 5pm each day
Flourish Root Floral Studio & Kat Habib Ceramics
Flourish Root Floral Studio is located at
12151 Lee Highway ~ Sperryville, Virginia ~ 22740
in Rappahannock County
Our working studio is busy creating, designing, harvesting, growing and sourcing the florals, foliage and more that make up our seasonal nature inspired designs which take their cue from our surroundings.
Having a special event or celebration ? Looking for seasonal wreaths or holiday florals & tablescapes ? Business or commercial space need some flowering ? Flowers just because ? Don't hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss flowering possibilities, options and orders -- we are available for local and non-local destinations... and would love to hear from you.
~ Studio Hours by Appointment or Invitation ~
We're getting ready for the 14th annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio and Gallery Tour! Come see us at our NEW Flourish Root Floral Studio location this Friday and Saturday, November 3 & 4, from 10-5. Karen Mosebrook from Cocoa Manna, Virginie Audrain, Woody Leslie, and Michelle Moode-- both book and printmakers, will be joining us. It is always a fantastic weekend! More info can be found at FallArtTour.org.
I have been getting a nice bit of exposure thanks to RAAC and Roger Piantadosi! Check out the Rappahannock News article connected to the YouTube profile featured on my landing page here.
Image thanks to Luke Christopher via the Rappahannock News.
Please join me for the 13th annual
Artists of Rappahannock
Studio and Gallery Tour
Saturday and Sunday, November 4 & 5, 2017,
10 am-5 pm.
I will be participating with Lynne Horning, painter, at
Poplar Ridge, Washington, Va.
email@example.com | 540.987.3147
I will send directions for the studio if you email me.
Image: Wood-fired stoneware, 2016.
Credit: Molly M. Peterson, photographer; flowers by Flourish Root Florals.
The Thirteenth Annual Studio & Gallery Tour
The Rappahannock Association for Arts
Invites you to tour the Studios and Galleries
of Rappahannock County
Saturday and Sunday, November 4 & 5, 10 AM to 5 PM
In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies Rappahannock County, home to Virginia's finest artists. You are invited to view the works of over 100 artists at 30 studios and 8 galleries.
Pick up your program at the Tour Headquarters Gallery at the Old Washington School House in Washington, Virginia. Admission is $10 per person. View selected works of the artists at the gallery and then continue the tour at the studios and galleries located throughout the county.
Directions: From I-495 VA take I-66 west to route 17 South to Warrenton.. In Warrenton turn right on Business 29 and then right on route 211 West. Go 22 miles and turn right on Mt. Salem Avenue, the second entrance into Washington, Virginia. Turn right after 200 feet to the tour headquarters at the School House, 567 Mt. Salem Ave, Washington, VA 22747.
My name is on the door of our shop!
As always, the most current images of my work and projects can be found on Instagram.
It has been quiet on the website front but I am still making things! Check out Instagram for current projects.