Jackie Stephens, Curator Emeritus for the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts located in the historic Shelton House, recently commissioned ceramic markers for the Shelton Gardens from Ann Suggs, a ceramicist from Balsam. The beautiful markers are fired clay that identify each garden and pay tribute to those whose efforts bring them to the public every year at the Shelton House. Her dual art focus of pottery and painting are both utilized in the markers.
Suggs has also donated a piece of her pottery to the Museum, demonstrating an exquisite use of Horse Hair clay work. Using carbon generated from mica infusion, a sheen is created accented by the carbon remains of the horse hair and feathers used during the firing process. Ann calls this ‘horse feathers’, exemplifying her enthusiasm for nature themed work.
Suggs has a BFA from Western Carolina University, as well as an advanced Nursing Degree from UNC – Chapel Hill. Retiring from her nursing and teaching career due to health issues some years ago, Suggs now runs Stonehouse Pottery Studio and Gallery. Her work is also displayed in several galleries in Waynesville and beyond.
CUTLINE: Jackie Stephens, Curator Emeritus, Ann Suggs, Artist and Evelyn Coltman, Shelton House Board Member receive the new markers for The Shelton House Gardens.