Becky Garrity

Becky Garrity (garritypottery.com)
Charlottesville, Virginia

Clay has called me back time and again. In the 70’s, I studied sculpture and ceramics at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. In the 80’s, I happened into  a 2-year pottery apprenticeship in Okinawa, Japan. In the 90’s, after many years as a student of pottery, I finally shifted from my chosen profession of graphic design to potter. I have been making and selling pots and teaching pottery ever since. I am energized by my students who bring a fresh outlook to this ancient material. Through their eyes, I find new ways to view my own work. Thereby, I am motivated to pick up the clay and start something new each day.

I work with a mid range stoneware clay. My pieces are wheel thrown with hand formed attachments: spouts, handles, accents, etc. My glazes are made from tried and true recipes shared by other potters through the years. My work is fired in an oxidation environment.

My designs are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing, with the forms reflecting my experience and interest in all things Asian. Lately, I am carving wavelike images, trees and dancing people on surfaces expanding the tactile and visual interest of each piece! My line of pottery includes serving bowls, platters, pitchers, teapots, vases, lamps and much more.

History:
BA sculpture and ceramics
Apprentice to a potter in Japan for 2 years
19 years making and selling pottery
Teach pottery to all ages including folks with special needs.

Galleries:
Mud Dauber Pottery, Earlysville, VA
Noon Whistle Pottery, Stanardsville, VA
The Montreat Store, Montreat, NC
Alderson Artisans Gallery, Alderson, WV
GALA Artisan Jewelry and Crafts, Kensington, MD.

Memberships:
NCECA, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
Artisans Center of Virginia
Artisan Studio Tour of Virginia
Potters Council