Julie Wiggins Pottery

My wife and I love beautiful things.  Not expensive things, but beautiful, well made, and interesting things.

We want to be surrounded with art in all areas of our life.  With that in mind, we made the commitment to get rid of our “machine made” serving ware and dinnerware.  There are too many talented craft folks out there, for us to use a piece of pottery made in china by a machine!

We set out looking for handmade pieces with only three criteria…each had to reflect the craftsman who created it, be interesting, and be the

best quality we could afford.  Our quest was for pottery with spirit and style.  Both attributes are only achieved when objects are created by hand.

So the hunt was on to find something beautiful, well made, and useful.  We traveled to pottery shows and went to studios. We met a number of potters and had a great time.  What we ended up with was a nice collection of serving ware, from all over the spectrum.  We have traditional, modern and everything in between. 

We are now looking for dinnerware.  And this is a little tougher. The pottery world seems to think making a plate is not as cool as making a pitcher or a fancy serving pot.   And to make it worst we are not wanting a whole set.  We want all the plates and bowls to be different.

And that brings me to today.   We got an invitation to a pottery show by Julie Wiggins.  Julie’s family is longtime friends of ours, and we knew she was a talented potter.  But she is based in Charlotte and we had never seen her work.  When her mother told us of the local show, we were excited to see all of it in person. 

The show was a huge success and she sold almost all of her stock.  The two pieces we bought were very unique dinner plates. The hand carved and painted porcelain has just the right mix of freedom and form to make them exciting to look at and fun to use. The flower designs inscribed on them will match our style beautifully. I think they are a great addition to the collection and will be wonderful to use on our table.







All of the photos you see here are her work. 

We are excited to have pieces of her craft in our home.

You can see more of Julie’s pottery at:   http://www.juliewigginspottery.com/Work_AYR0.php

You can reach me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

Or comment below.

I would love to hear what you think about her work.



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A “Whatever You Think’ Project

We have a good friend who had purchased the most interesting bowl.  She watched it being hand made of blown glass and wanted a stand to display it into an accent piece for her home. 

As we talked about the design I heard the great phrase “whatever you think”.  I love those words.  It allows me to get creative with a project and move in new directions.  It also adds some stress, because I have to make it fit in the location and still be unique.

So I was off on the run to figure out the design.  Their style dictated that it had to be interesting and have a flair which would make it stand out (and still fit in) in a very artistic home. 

I was asked several times how the design was going to look….and each time I said “I am working on it”.  In reality, I had no idea.  There was a thought in my mind that could not visualize …so I waited.

I finally imagined grass, and spikes, and roots, bright plant colors….

Yea, my wife thought the same thing you are thinking right now.  “That sounds crazy.”

 But the idea was there and I started building.  As I went along I had plans for much more… but as always, it got better as I took away… not add to. 

 I finished with a realistic Orchid plant attaching itself to the side of the stand.

                  The glass piece is simple in design…the base is complex.

                   The base is monochromatic…the glass is colorful.

 I think it worked out pretty well.

These great photos were made by Melissa and Company Photography.