Earth N Elements Pottery


Earth N Elements Pottery features intricate rustic pieces of stoneware art by Kathi (known to friends as EE). Kathi had this to say about her work:
I have an eclectic and earthy collection of unique abstract nature art pottery all handmade from stoneware clay.

You never know what form might strike my fancy. Many times it is a seed pod or gourd in a state of decay whose form intrigues me and I work from that. I also often incorporate bits of driftwood into my pots. Alternatively when I make my signature piece "driftwood sets", I reverse the process and incorporate my pots into driftwood by hand forming the clay to fit within the recesses of appropriate larger driftwood root pieces. Most of those sets are not available online, as shipping them would be horrifically expensive and they are fragile.

She joined us recently to share a bit more about herself and her art.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Jokingly I say it was a mid-life crisis. But really, I always have made some sort of art form as a hobby. So after some years of collecting various forms of pottery, I decided I wanted to make my own. One christmas just a few years ago that I bought a potters wheel, kiln and some clay - what a christmas present! I set out to make little earthy forms of pottery and my work evolved from there. It is ever evolving actually. I am self taught for the most part, although I had a ceramics class in high school, that was many years ago - so I don't count that as an education in my craft, instead I consider it a fond memory of something that I enjoyed doing when I was young. That little ember remained with me until I was at a point in my life where I could fan it into a full blown flame.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
As much as I love making pottery, I also really love a full week of warm sunny weather spent fishing with my husband from our humble Alumacraft boat.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Two things actually, the biggest challenge is trying to photograph my pieces to show their true beauty. I am not thrilled with them right now, and keep working on trying something new, be it background or lighting.
The other challenge I face is a severe shortage of time. I work in the early mornings at the high school, I have a brick and mortar store where I also sell my work, and during tax season, I work part time for the local "You've Got People" tax office.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Seriously, the foliage vases are wonderful. Earthly Garden Greens is a favorite of mine right now.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I thought I would be a Physical Therapist. I don't know at what point that idea flew out the window. I guess being just out of high school, married and a little one on the way, has a way of changing our paths. No regrets though!

What other shops out there do you love?
Tough call, there a many. I am a member of the etsy mud team, and I could link shops all day long from there. But I know the space is limited, so in order to not single out any one team member, I will offer up a shop I just recently stumbled on that I am amazed by Clayflora


What does your future hold?
I envision winning the lottery, reading books and perusing etsy while sipping ice tea on a tropical island at least 6 months out of the year and spending as much time as I want making pots.

Visit Earth N Elements Pottery on Etsy or stop by Kathi's blog at earthnelements.blogspot.com