Many artists don’t begin creating until years later after family, careers and life have molded their experience into muse which then transcends into pieces of themselves. This is true for Cindy Kerr, who like many, discovered a talent they believed was hiding within themselves all along, only to find out once released was a part of who they are.
After raising her children and dedicating her career to helping others as a registered nurse, Kerr began her journey into pottery. Like other forms of art, pottery begins simple. A piece of clay with no set shape, before long becoming a pathway to creativity.
“One of the things I love about creating pottery is the beauty of it. The uniqueness of it. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind, never to be duplicated,” said Kerr. “The feel of the clay, the durability of it… I just enjoy each time I make something.”
Kerr took a few art classes in high school. She knew then she loved it, but never considered herself an artist. To be honest, the humble Kerr still doesn’t think of herself as one, but you cannot ignore she is just that when viewing what she creates.
“I really have to thank Amanda Pawley who taught me so many things about pottery. I took a class and she allowed me to come to her studio and work. She was so very patient with me and gave me confidence to pursue this love I have,” Kerr said.
After many weeks of learning, Kerr couldn’t stop herself from reading as much as she could about the art of pottery. Thanks to her husband Dr. Paul Kerr, she was able to soon create in her own studio in which he built for her.
“My family and friends have been so supportive in my adventure,” Kerr said. “My husband is very understanding when I spend hours in my studio. I am just thankful for all of their support. I also thank God foremost for allowing me the opportunity to do what I love.”
Kerr and her husband Paul have five children and six grandchildren. She loves to spend time with her grandchildren in her studio helping them to create as well. The walls are filled with art from her grandchildren.
When Kerr sets down to the wheel with a ball of clay she gets a deep satisfaction of being able to create something out of nothing.
“It’s a feeling I can’t really explain,” said Kerr. “You become connected to it in some way.”
Kerr said she is not interested in mass marketing her pottery. She wants to offer it locally and wants to follow it when someone desires a piece.
“I ask some of those who purchase my pottery to send me a picture or email of how they utilize it,” Kerr said. “I like to see it from start to finish.”
Most don’t realize that creating pottery from start to finish is a lengthy and time-consuming process. A piece can literally take up to four to five weeks to finish. You have to create the piece, then dry it for several days, place it in a kiln for a few days, take it out and sand it, glaze it up to four coats, and then place it back in the kiln for hours.
“When I’m done making a piece and place it in the kiln, it’s like Christmas when it’s time to get it out,” Kerr described. “You are waiting to see what it will look like and it’s different each time. It’s very exciting.”
Kerr makes many different items. Some of them include: vases, dishes, cups, goblets, flower pots, chip-n-dip holders, ash trays, and bowls of all sizes. She uses seven colors depending on what she chooses including Kentucky Blue, Iceberg, Woodland, Canyon, Redwood, Seashell and Glacier.
You can find Kerr’s pottery at Hickory Hill Florist and Garden Center, located at 886 Nashville Street, Russellville or you can visit her Facebook page at Kerr Pottery.
Kerr will be having an open house at Hickory Hill on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be numerous pieces of pottery there, as well as door prizes and refreshments.
“I love being able to put a part of myself into my pottery,” said Kerr. “I don’t consider myself an artist per say, but I hope others will enjoy what I make and can get as much out of a piece as I do when I make it.”
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