Green is where the Heart Is for October 1, 2014

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 01 October 2014 04:00

“Earth, air, water, fire, and chance The elements of pots and people alike. Do not seek perfection in pots or people. You’ll miss knowing many good pots and many good people.” ~anon

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stern North Carolina.  As a teenager attending John T. Hoggard High School she first experienced working with clay. She had an affinity for the clay but did not go back to it for several years when she studied at Orange Street Pottery Studio.  She received a BA in Studio Art at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a Masters in Fine Art at East Carolina University in 2001.
Being born in Greene County and raised as a young child on family property, the area has always been her special home.  A cozy cabin sits on this land and during graduate school she built a wood kiln adjacent to her ceramics studio there.  The firing of the wood kiln is a weekend event and takes place twice a year.  It takes a crew of friends that share a passion for wood firing from chopping the wood to maintaining the heat throughout the day and night.  The experience of working together to birth these pieces express an even greater sense of artistry from all involved.  Randy and I have witnessed the extreme dedication of this type of ‘back to basics’ wood firing. The acrid smell of the burning wood, the crisp fall temperature and the sounds of rustling autumn colored leaves in the background of a community of wood choppers and gaiety made this ‘living green’ experience one I hope to enjoy again sometime. 
A clay mine on this same property provides the materials for many of Smith’s wall pieces.  These pieces do not get fired as the beauty of the natural colors of oranges, reds, blues and grays are kept in tact. Vicky has taught ceramics at UNCW since 2002. Her work has been shown in juried national exhibitions such as “Clay on the Wall”, Texas, 2007 and 2010 and “It’s Only Clay”, Minnesota, 2005. She was the recipient of the North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant in 2012 which included a solo show at 621 N Fourth Street in Wilmington.
When Vicky is not busy teaching or working in the studio she volunteers her time at Coastal Carolina Clay Guild where she chairs the workshop committee. She is on the Steering Committee of Empty Bowls an event held locally to raise awareness of hunger and to provide funding for local soup kitchens and food banks. She is on the Board of Directors of Homes of Hope, India, which has taken her to India twice to work on a ceramics project for the organization.
As the featured artist of the month of October at Artful Living Group, Smith’s work demonstrates her love of nature. Join us in welcoming Smith on Thursday, October 2, 6:30-8:30 for an evening of joy. This is a show (and a bowl) you won’t want to miss.   xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.


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