Southern hospitality. . .one pottery mug at a time!
I was born here in Aiken, SC. Growing up we always had Cockers or Poodles in our family. My Mother was a Groomer and I became a dog groomer at age 22 and made it my career. After 40 years in the pet grooming and boarding business, I retired and started showing standard poodles and looking for another creative art. The art of pottery has fulfilled this joy making a ball of clay into a useful piece of everyday use stoneware. Escape, create, sling some mud, love what you do!
Retired and living the life! Art has always been a big part of this Camden, S.C. native's life. From artist for my school newspaper to running a nationally recognized fine art reproduction business to award winning graphic design and now my new love. . . pottery!
Southern Moon Pottery is proud to introduce and offer the artwork of Joe Carter!
As founder and owner of Southern Moon Pottery, in Aiken, SC. I am so proud to be a small business owner in my hometown! I grew up in Aiken, married and moved away, only to return in 1994 and immediately set about building my pottery studio and business. Primarily a self-taught artist, the love of pottery eventually grew into my chosen second career. My work is thought-provoking, eclectic, functional and decorative, and at times, themed, but more often, sporadic and evolving, based upon circumstances or inspiration in my life at any given moment. Prior to return to Aiken, I studied sculpture at Callanwolde Art Center, pottery at Spruill Art Center and Majolica at Abernathy Art Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Private lessons and countless workshops later, as well as studying at Penland School of Crafts under greats such as Cynthia Bringle and Lana Wilson, only served to deepen my love and passion for pottery. I have won numerous awards for my work, had many wonderful articles published, participated in countless juried and non-juried art shows and am a former Board Member for Aiken Center for the Arts and a standing member of the Potters' Council, as well as The American Ceramic Society.
My pottery is like snowflakes; "no two pieces are completely identical.” From a very young age I have enjoyed creating things. My artistic endeavors have been very diverse through the years; drawing, painting, sewing, quilting, knitting, and pottery, to name a few. Once I began with clay, it has become a bit of an obsession. Always exploring new ideas, shapes, and techniques. I continue to make functional pottery but is also becoming increasingly interested in decorative statement pieces. I search to find ways to combine all facets of my artistic interests. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother, and a proud United States Air Force veteran. My family continues to support and encourage my artistic pursuits. Throughout my life, I have been fortunate to travel extensively, allowing me to gather inspiration and ideas to further my art. At Southern Moon Pottery, I serve as the studio manager and have taught classes, workshops, and continue to assist anyone in need. During the last 10 years I have attended various classes, workshops, and continue to study the art of pottery.
I was born in Indians and have lived all over the US, from California to Virginia. Eventually I settled in West Virginia where I finished high school and met the man whom I would marry. We married when I was 19 and were married for 33 years, when a sudden heart attack took his life. I have been involved in art since I was very young, but did not become serious with it until the death of my husband. My painting style changed completely with this loss. I began to use vibrant colors in each acrylic piece to signify finding a happiness within myself that I thought I’d lost after losing my long time love. When leaving home, members of our family would often toot the horn 3 times, to say “I love you”, so 3 dots are placed in different places on each of my paintings.
There will be two hidden symbols in each painting, as well; a heart, which symbolizes me finding a second love later in life: and a sun which represents sunny SC, where I relocated after retiring.