Free Union Artisans Open House this weekend

Sat/Sun – DEC 2/3, 2017 at Free Union Country School. 4220 Free Union Rd. 22940 just 10 miles from Charlottesville, VA.

Free Union Awith clay holderrtisans welcome you to our annual open house! Join us in the heart of Free Union for a relaxing, cozy shopping experience. We’ll have a wonderful selection of fine artisan-made gifts created by 11 local artists. Everything from stocking stuffers to collectables!

Functional pottery by Nancy Ross. Honeysuckle baskets by Anne Scarpa McCauley. Silk and woven scarves & jewelry by Jan Russell. Exotic Wood Bowls and Ikebana flower holders by Jim Sprinkle. Leather belts and accessories by Sharon Duvall. Stained glass and sparkling glass jewelry by Jo Perez. Folk art floorcloths by Robin Newman. Marquetry wooden ware by David Heller. Mixed media textiles by Megan LeBoutillier. Cozy fleece hats and accessories by Ryan Williamson. Woodburned and painted art pieces by The McCauleys.
Something for you and everyone on your list.
Free Admission and tasty refreshments. Plenty of free parking. Handicapped accessible.
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8" tall vase Large mugs with lids

Spring = New

!Red Wave Stoneware Bowl 

Black, White and Red Inside

Spring = New: At least I am feeling that way. I’ve been trying some new forms and new glazes -feeling quite daring and a little silly. But so

much fun. These bowls might lead to a new me.











Grateful new owner


In December, I heard from a “Happy Customer” who said,  ”Just letting you know how much I am enjoying the knitting bowl, and that it speeds up the crocheting to have the yarn corralled. Really like the blue color and all the choices of holes. Thank you!”  Jean Audsley, Charlottesville, VA  So nice to hear.

Yarn bowl keeps yarn from tangling. 3 yarn bowls available at the 2017 Free Union Artisans Open House.            (See above post.)

2015 – Teaching at City Clay, Charlottesville, VA

Time to sign up for classes at City Clay, Charlottesville, VA. My Monday evening class has openings.  If you’ve always dreamed of throwing on the potters wheel, don’t postpone any longer. Call 434-293-0808 to register.

Free Union Artisans Open House – Dec 6 & 7, 2014

I’ll be showing my work with 10 other incredible, professional artisans. Jewelry, wood, fiber, baskets, quilts,stained glass, fleece hats, stationery, photographs, leather, folk art floor mats, local honey and of course, pottery. You’ll be sure to find some wonderful gifts for everyone on your list and even for yourself. Enjoy the yummy refreshments and beautiful view.

I’ll have some new work, like this yarn bowl for all your favorite knitters.Yarn bowls keep the tangles out!

Save the date! Dec 6 & 7
Time: 10 AM – 5 PM
Place: Free Union Country School, 4220 Free Union Road
Free and open to the public.

Summer Raku

This summer I will be doing raku sessions in conjunction with City Clay in Charlottesville in the brand new studios behind Bodos on Harris Street. There are 3 different sessions available. Sunday, June 23 1 – 4 PM to glaze or burnish and Sunday, June 30, 10 – 4 PM to fire. The other dates are all sundays – July 21 and 28 and August 11 and 18. I will not be there for the August sessions. Please contact City Clay at
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Free Union Artisans’ Open House

Saturday and Sunday, Dec 1 & 2, I’ll join 7 other local artisans for our annual holiday open  house at Free Union Country School from 10 – 4 PM.

Free Union Artisans 2012Join us for an inspiring, comfortable, fun holiday shopping experience.

Functional pottery  -  Nancy Ross
Exotic wood bowls  -  Jim Sprinkle
Honeysuckle baskets  -  Anne McCauley
Leather belts and accessories  -  Sharon Duvall
Hand woven chenille scarves and jewelry – Jan Russell
Quilts and stockings  -  Margie Shepherd
Stained glass and jewelry  -  Jo Perez
Fleece hats  -  Ryan Williamson

Bring your friends . . . enjoy warm cider, homemade snacks while you shop . . . easy parking . . . and a table full of bargains.
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I’ll be cleaning out my shed to bring my annual, reduced price pots.

Free Union Artisans’ Open House
at Free Union Country School
4220 Free Union Road – just 10 miles NW of Charlottesville – out Barracks Rd, right on Free Union Road.
Sat & Sun, Dec 1 & 2
10 AM – 4 PM



“Growth” – on view through Jan. 25 at PVCC

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My show “Growth” opened November 11, 2011 and runs through Jan.25, 2012 at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, VA in the South Gallery of the Dickinson Building, 501 College Dr. It is open to the public and hours can be found at 434-961-5362. Recently reviewed by Laura Parsons in “The Hook” on November 24 and online on Nov. 21, the show was highly praised. I enjoyed Laura’s ability to totally grasp what I was after in this series. Here’s the exact link –


This is THE WEEKEND! Free Union Craft Show

SAT & SUN, DEC 3 & 4, from 10 AM to 4 PM –
4220 Free Union Road
Everyone is invited to come visit Free Union Country School to enjoy my latest POTTERY and the newest work of 6 local artisans making wood bowls, jewelry, handwoven scarves, quilts and stockings, honeysuckle baskets, stained glass shades and glass quilt squares, and leather belts and accessories.
Early Bird Specials: I’ll have a table full of bargain pots. Some are discontinued designs or glazes, some have a slight flaw, some were glaze tests. All are totally functional and would make perfect gifts. I’m sure they will fly ? off the table.

Yummy snacks, good conversation, and a spectacular view of the mountains! You’ll want to spend the day.

A little pot – the gift that keeps on giving.

Yes, I now have your attention and I must clarify that I am talking about CLAY – my drug of choice. For almost 40 years ( impossible!), I have been hopelessly addicted to clay and the process of forming functional vessels out of plastic mud and then firing to permanence. Humble pots, whether a small mug or a teapot or a colorful lamp, become integral parts of the rituals of daily life.

And that’s why a handmade pot makes an ideal gift. It might be turned on, fondled, or placed on the lips as your loved one drinks and thinks of you (and possibly of the maker) with a smile.

Eggplant mug Lamp and shade, 3Blue glaze, total height 13.5 teaset has 4 cups with pot