I received my specialist degree from West Ga. College in special education in 1989 and retired in May 2005 after 29 years where I worked as a teacher, educational evaluator and program coordinator for Douglas County Schools. I celebrated 40 years with Special Olympics in 2016!
I began exhibiting my crafts at shows in 1980. I’ve worked with many different types of crafts and media including tole painting, soft sculpture, sewing, and woodworking. I have always been fascinated with pottery. After taking classes from a dear friend, I purchased a kiln and some clay in 2000 and started a journey that would be more fulfilling than any other media with which I have worked.
My husband of over 40 years loaned me some space in his workshop to set up my studio that eventually turned into an addition to the building. We enjoy spending time working and developing ideas together. He is a very talented taxidermist and woodworker and is currently turning handcrafted pens and duck calls in his spare time. He keeps my kiln firing and helps me with exhibiting my work as well as providing moral support!
My pottery is a little different in that I bring a crafter’s background to the pieces that I make. I find it difficult to make a plain piece of pottery. It has to have something attached to it! Each piece has its beginnings in a 25 lb. bag of stoneware clay and is hand built or hand thrown and then decorated with flowers, leaves, birds, frogs, turtles and glazes. Each piece receives three or more coats of glaze and goes through two firings, the final firing at 2,232 degrees. All glazed pieces are lead free, microwave, dishwasher and food safe.
You can find my work in several local stores or at craft shows and festivals around the Atlanta area. We welcome guests to our home studio in Douglasville. Please contact me for personalized directions. Please look at our show schedule for a listing of shows so you can see my work first hand! This page will change as shows are added, so check often!
I hope you enjoy my work. Whether you’re browsing or would like to purchase a little something for yourself or a friend, I hope you receive as much pleasure from my work as I had in its making.
Sincerely, Jackie Chapman