| Jo Lydia's Story
Ive been making my way around the planet with clay since
the age of 17- at 82 that really is a life time devotion. About
forty years were spent throwing pots on the wheel with various
clays- stoneware, terra cotta, earthenware, etc. I became totally
hooked on porcelain when I used to buy it at Limoges while we
lived in France. I am not interested in making glazes so when
Ian came into my life and made the comment that my glazes were
like everybody elses I simply said if you can do
and of course he did!
We married and moved to Spain in 1972 and spent most of the
next 16 years in the beautiful mountains and sea of Andalusia.
I worked mostly in stoneware -some porcelain- and Ian developed
his wonderful pastel colors. We realized in our first gallery
show in Madrid that the shapes had become delicate and the colors
were very pastel. The last few years in Spain were spent on
a mountain top overlooking the Mediterranean, Gibraltar and
Africa. Porcelain, and once in a while lace, began to creep
into my life.
In 1988 we left all the sunshine and moved to Frances beautiful
Loire Valley and felt our work shifting slightly - larger pieces
and darker colors. Our house was built in 1482 and France was
very romantic - I wanted to stay forever, but I like Ian just
a bit better than all that so in 1991 I followed him to the Western
North Carolina Mountains. We worked in the tranquility of the
Blue Ridge Mountains where greens and browns began to appear in
our work. I have devoted myself entirely to porcelain and lace
since that time.
All of our life together has been spent in beautiful rural surroundings
with incredible views with the exception of a six year urban
experience - in a condo in downtown Asheville and a studio in
the River District. Our newest adventure has taken us to a remote
paradise in the New River Valley of Virginia. We are on a new
journey in a great setting. We hope you will visit one day.