I have known Mayo Underwood for several years, thanks to the good people at Topsy Farms. I am an enormous fan of her ceramics, and am rapidly growing my collection! Mayo’s ceramics can be found at Christmas Shopping on Amherst Island at the Weasel & Easel (open Nov 19 10am-4pm & Nov 20 1pm-4pm), and at the Island Gallery & Little Gallery (Nov 19 & 20 10am-4pm).
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I pretty much taught myself how to throw a pot in my kitchen, using a neighbo(u)r’s not-too-powerful little wheel when my kids were toddlers. To keep my kitchen as clean as I could (working in clay can get quite messy), I used almost no water and developed my own way of ‘throwing dry’. It’s not a common way to throw pots and I eventually taught and demonstrated the method in the U.S. and Canada.
Finding clay and getting to ‘play’ in it is something for which I’m grateful every single day. I wake up thinking about new ways to work with clay and different things to try. Something just evolved from one of my just-waking-up ‘what if’ moments. Now, as I’m beginning to produce these pieces, the pieces I make and put up for sale get bought almost instantly. I’m delighted that these new ‘friends’ are finding good homes!
I hope y’all find something you love to do as much as I love playing in clay.
Check out Mayo’s Claypen.
I have a growing collection of gorgeous handmade mugs and this might be the most pleasing to my eye yet! From fellow Amherst Islander Mayo Underwood, whose work is at the Weasel & Easel (sale this weekend!). Mayo will also have pieces of her amazing ceramic work at The Little Studio and The Island Studio during the Christmas Shopping on Amherst Island tour on November 19&20! #amherstisland #AmherstIslandArt #ceramics #pottery #handmadeincanada