Hello, and Welcome to Patty’s Pottery.
I’ve created this page to share my clay work and stories of things that happen along my crafting journey.
If you enjoy what you find here, please let me know. If you like, you may share with your friends.
How It All Began
When I approached my local Kingsport Senior Center about taking a beginner’s clay building class, I never dreamed I’d one day be selling my pieces. Mostly, I give them as gifts, because I get lots of pleasure out of hearing the joy in the voices of those who receive them. There are times, however, when people actually write me or come by to see if I’d be willing to sell pieces they’ve seen in photos.
Below are pictures of works I’ve done. Some have been sold. Some have been selected for gift giving and many of the pieces shown here can be made again.
There is one thing to note. No two pieces, no matter how carefully crafted are going to look exactly like each other. I haven’t gotten to the point so I can make a complete exact set of anything yet, and knowing how the clay can behave, I’m not sure that’s doable without a lot of equipment and knowhow.
Before I send you to see pictures of my work, I’d like to share a story with you.
December 4, 2023
Good morning, all.
I hope you’re starting or ending or spending your day well.
Here, the coffee is hot. The weather is not, and that’s the way Team Blue loves it.
It’s pottery day. I’ll be spending the morning glazing things I wish to get fired before the holidays. Glazing is my least favorite part. Oh, I love experimenting with the glazes, figuring out by trial and error what looks good with what sort of creation, and I’ve learned a ton. The finish is always better than the start though. Glazing is tedious work for a sighted person, and I know many who find it exhausting. However, for a totally blind person it is tiring in ways I cannot describe.
The one bright spot in it all is this, each time my crafty mentor says, “You’re getting better at this.” I smile. Sure, I could be pitiful and say, “Oh this is so hard for me. I’m blind. Could you do it?” But there would be no satisfaction in the finished product if I were to do so. So, I’ll dawn my apron, pick out the glazes for these pieces and settle in for a glazing party. I’ve a feeling I won’t be alone in this portion of the creating process today. Many of us have made things which are now ready to be glazed, so at least I’ll have good company. 😊
Whether creating pinch pot pieces, learning a new creating technique or doing the dreaded glazing pottery is a great escape from the technical side of life.
Before I go, here’s a tip for you.
“Don’t let past experiences imprison your future.”
“If you always do as you’ve done. You’ll always do what you do, and no new experiences will come to you.”
To do this day…
Challenge yourself to do one new thing. Whether it’s reading out of your comfort zone, trying a new food or product whatever it is, even if you find it doesn’t work for you, you’ll have expanded your life.
PS. Come back soon to see pictures of the decorations I’m glazing today.
Speaking of crafting, check out my latest book release.
About Patty L. Fletcher
Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. She is Also a Social Media Marketing Assistant.
Follow her for book information and more here: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Patty-L.-Fletcher/author/B00Q9I7RWG?
I’ve many Christmas decorations ready for sale. One is shown in the photo below. I will also be making more of the dishes shown here, as well as more pinch pot art and other fun pieces .
If you’d like to see my entire collection of available pieces. you may contact me at the email Patty link found at the footer of the page.
If you live in the Kingsport Tennessee area, and you’ve always wanted to try your hand at clay work, head on over to the Kingsport Senior Center, sign up and you too can know the joy of the feel of clay in your hands.
Take heed, clay building is not like playing with playdough. It can at times be hard and tedious. But if you’re willing to learn, there are fine ladies there willing to teach, so come and give this and all the other amazing classes offered a try.
May Harmony find You.