Why I make art

This week's spotlight: ceramist Kim Ross
By Kim Ross | Feb 08, 2012
Courtesy of: Kim Ross Local ceramist Kim Ross has always loved making things with her hands but didn't discover her talent for pottery until recent years. Above is one of her many colorful clay creations.

Being born and raised in the tiny town of Snowflake, situated in southwest Virginia, I enjoyed playing in the orange clay mud in my backyard. At age 9, I enjoyed forming and sculpting various objects out of that clay mud, never realizing the significance of my actions until years later. The spark for pottery had been lit, and my desire to make things with my own two hands would become a reality in years to come!

After a move to Waynesville, I married Harold Ross and had two boys, Zeb and Levi. Our decision to homeschool them was enhanced in their teen years by introducing pottery as an activity for them. This was about the time I enrolled in pottery classes at Good Earth Studio in Waynesville. Finding time to make my dream materialize was quite a task at 39, but well worth any sacrifice.

After many lessons and bags of clay and glazes, I set up a studio in my home specializing in wheel-thrown and hand-building techniques. Apprehensive at first, not knowing how well my creations would fare at craft shows and other venues, I was both relieved and delighted to watch my functional pottery pieces sell quickly. Making items that were microwave, dishwasher and oven safe was the key to my success.

From childhood to adulthood, I have always been fascinated by God’s use of color throughout His world, inspiring me to reflect those hues in my pottery creations. I have also incorporated melted glass in some of my designer pieces, the end result being a unique and one-of-a-kind work of art, that I feel expresses my passion for the art of pottery.

Never let anyone tell you that age matters as far as learning or doing something you have always wanted to do. To remind me, I still have and cherish my first “clay”' pot I made so long ago in the driveway of my Snowflake home...

Ross' pottery pieces are featured at Art & Soul Marketplace, in Brevard; Grove Arcade at Mountain Made Gallery, in Asheville; Evans Jewelry, in Greeneville, Tennessee; Cataloochee Ranch, in Maggie Valley; and Mac Worthington Galerie of Contemporary Art, in Columbus, Ohio. She may be reached at kimcampbellross@gmail.com or 926-2777.