Artfire Artisan Spotlight: Debi Lane, PitterPotterHouse
Posted by pauljvguillaume on 06/27/2011 at 10:46:54
Please start by telling us a little about yourself and your studio.
I am a part-time potter that always dreamed of creating pottery and finally got my dream! I love working with clay in all forms. I am continually delighted at the production process as each time I plop down that ball of clay on the wheel as soon as I center it I stop and ask it what it wants to be and it speaks to me, the glazing process is the same. My next dream is to be doing this full-time one day!
If there's one thing that defines you, what is it?
I guess the definition of me would be my love of nature in its simple yet complex forms. So yes, nature defines me and it is what I draw on for inspiration.
What role does your family play in your art?
My family has been extremely supportive in my passion and I have to give special thanks to my husband who has encouraged me to follow my dreams and never give up!
Where do you live and what is it like?
I live in Central MS, we (my husband and I) have 15 acres, 6 horses, 3 dogs and a couple of banty chickens one of which THINKS he’s a dog! I love being ‘away from it all’ and being able to enjoy the peace and quiet as well as seeing all the wildlife. At any given time you never know what you’ll see, anything from majestic hawks to wiley red foxes and more. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Where did you learn your medium?
I am almost totally self-taught through trial and error and practice, though I did have some early direction from an informal class or two and videos. I have found that the techniques that work for me, although similar sometimes to traditional ones, are very different from what I found others to do.
What are your goals with your ArtFire studio?
My goal is to be able to become a full-time potter artist and see my long term dreams played out in color on ArtFire!
How did you come to selling online?
I currently don’t do shows or markets though I do have a small display in an antique mall and promote through Facebook so I thought that an online presence would not only give me a broader audience to sell to it would also be a good starting outlet.
How did you come to find a home on ArtFire?
I found ArtFire looking for handmade items in general and love it! It’s a fantastic way for artists, new and pro’s alike, to be seen and interact with other people with like passions.
What is the best piece of advice you can give other artists?
I guess my best advice to new artists would be to never give up and always keep trying. Whatever you create first time around may not be what you intended but sometimes it’s even better!
Why do you think that buying and selling handmade products benefits society?
I think buying and selling handmade items benefits society because you’re purchasing something with soul and feeling. In today’s world of fast paced hurry scurry and mass production things loose meaning and character. I, for one, would rather have something that I know was produced from the heart. Another thing is that it helps support families that dare to take a chance and put themselves out there. Sometimes it’s the extra income that they need as well.