“Pottery so unique, you see it once in a blue moon.” The clever tag line for Blue Moon Pottery, owned by Carol Bell, is nothing short of accurate. She prides herself in creating one-of-a-kind, inspiring and eye-catching pottery.
Ever since she was a little girl, Bell has been intrigued and stimulated by art. The walls in her house are filled with original artworks created by her and her artistic mother, whom she dubbed the Martha Stewart of her time. Her father owned his own business, so Bell was able to combine both her parents’ best skills and run her own successful business as an artist.
When asked how she got her start in making pottery, Bell surprised me with an interesting response. “I had seen the movie ‘Ghost,’ where Demi Moore was throwing a large pot, and I remember thinking to myself, ‘I’m gonna try that someday,’” she said.
The rest is history. Bell immediately fell in love with making pottery. Her passion for her work can be seen in all of her intricate, unique pieces. I was especially interested in one of the ceramic ornaments she was telling me about. It is in the shape of Indiana and is decorated with horse hair, rather than glaze. Carol explained to me about when she burned the hair onto the clay, it absorbed the smoke and carbon, and imprinted the hair fibers onto the clay for an interesting effect and texture. She also makes custom pieces for people with their own pet’s hair.
“I love making things that enhance everyday life … starting a fresh new day with your first cup of coffee in a beautiful mug, enjoying a few simple flowers in an ikebana flower vase, serving dinner to your family from a handmade bowl.” So whether you are looking for a one-of-a-kind piece to decorate your home with, or something as simple as a coffee mug, Blue Moon Pottery is the place to look.
By Lauren Brooks