Almost Ancient Pots

2/11/17

Just a note. Pete & I are always working on the products and the photos areas of the site, and since it is homemade (just like the planters), sometimes it takes us a while!!

Years ago, I stumbled upon something new while looking for a class for c.e.u.'s for my horticulture certificate. The time fit my schedule, and off I went to Orlando's Leu Gardens to take a class in something called Hypertufa.

By the end of the day, I was hooked. I held my first workshop the following year, and soon started making pots for retail. In 2009, the circle was complete as I returned to Leu to teach. Hundreds of Leu students later, I have just now passed on my Leu classes to student and Leu Horticulture Professional Pinky - you will enjoy her classes for years to come. She has wonderful creative ideas to share with you.

The new year is a time for growth and change. It's time to look at all the great classes from art organizations near you, or plan a trip to take a class that catches your eye.

Check out: Jekyll Island Arts Association; Glynn Visual Arts; Blue Ridge Arts Association; Dunedin Fine Arts Center; Aya Fibre Studios and, of course, Leu Gardens. Interested in printing, Area History & Crafts - google Ashantilly in Darien, GA.

I'll be on the road quite a bit in January and February to experience some new artforms. Who knows where a class may lead - just as a hypertufa class 20 years ago led me here.

However, I'm still hooked on Hypertufa. My horticulture certificate has expired, since my time is spent making pots. The containers are rustic and natural, and they provide a perfect growing environment when used for planting.  They are lovely outdoors and in.

They have a distinctive old world look but with my contemporary designs, natural, organic and absolutely 100 per cent hand made - wonderful in the garden or home.

With Partner in Art Pete, we are creating incredible tiles from resin, rock & copper.  I always listen to your ideas and make notes at shows.  It's great fun, and you never know what will come next.  

I am excited to say that I have been invited to participate in SC State Parks' Artist in Residence Program again in 2017 - can't wait to find out which park!

2017 will bring changes in all areas - designs, show locations, teaching locales.

See you soon,

Melanie

Artist in Residence

Well, here they are.  We made plaques to hang at Poinsett State Park, using a picture of a wild grape leaf we took there as inspiration. The tiles are made of resin & metalflake, mounted on a beach of natural gravel and framed in rustic wood. We are pleased to give this gift to Poinsett State Park in exchange for a quiet week there in a lovely CCC cabin. 

South Carolina's State Parks are full of art, thanks to their Artist in Residence Program. When considering a park to visit, why not ask if they participate - you will have an opportunity to enjoy Artists' interpretations of the wonders of the parks.

Want to read about an amazing person - a man of many  many talents including bringing to the US that wonderful flower that bears his name, click here to meet Poinsett.

My Garden

Click Here for Slideshow which desperately needs updating!
 
Awards
1st Place
Art in the Park
McIntosh Art Association, McIntosh, Georgia 2015
1st Place
National
Cornbread Festival
South Pittsburg, Tennessee
2015
Latest News

Our Events page has been updated with Spring 2017 Events.

Just added, Woodbine, GA March 18 & 19, an intimate show in a lovely spot - music, story telling and art.


Special Orders

I love to make special pieces just for you, but remember, it's not an instant process. It takes me at least 30 days to make a planter.

I will meet you at a show for delivery, or, if I am going to be in your area, I will gladly deliver.  I do not ship. 

 
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