Almost everything we come into contact with today is mass-produced. The sheer joy of making a ceramic object by hand, working with the material itself, is a constant source of inspiration to me — a reminder that there is beauty in forms that are turned and considered by hand. Handmade forms are an act of rebellion from bulk, unimaginative production — and a statement about the value of handmade objects.
A bag of clay inspires me to look at techniques which challenge construction; seeing ordinary objects as unusual shapes; asking how far I can push the clay and still create viable, and hopefully beautiful, items for the table and the home.
When I work with clay, it’s as though my hands are singing. I hope my work carries the feel of the song. Taking time to refine a design or an idea in various ways using different styles and techniques is a way to stay connected with my creativity and to share ideas with the many friends I’ve made through this journey. It’s my hope that this work will become a part of family memories; to be given as gifts, passed down, treasured and shared.
The Gallery below features current and previous work. Click any image to zoom. Enjoy!
Some fresh garlic and basil, virgin olive oil, grated parmesan and pine nuts. Blend well. Presto: Pesto!
A hand-crafted garlic pot by Grace Markley-Reiter keeps your garlic handy and ready for your favorite recipe. The air holes are the secret. Contact Grace with questions or to inquire about a custom commission.
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PHOTO CREDIT: ANDY MARKLEY – ART101.COM
2011 – present
Artist in Residence and Instructor, Whistle Stop Clay Works, Loveland, OH
Beginning Wheel, Intermediate & Advanced Wheel and Handbuilt Pottery
Workshop: “Woven Baskets”, Whistle Stop Clay Works, Loveland, OH
Workshop: “Majolica Decoration”, Whistle Stop Clay Works, Loveland, OH
Guest Lecturer, Log Cabin Herb Society, “Mud as Life Lesson”, Owensville, OH
Workshop: “Slip Casting for Image Transfer”, Pinckneyville Community Arts Center, Norcross, GA
2006 – 2010
Instructor, Pinckneyville Community Arts Center
Beginning Wheel and Handbuilt Pottery, Norcross, GA