Spring Gifts Inspired By Nature

Pottery by Maud Boleman
We are no strangers to the beautiful woodland pottery of Maud Boleman, yet several new pieces of her work in the shop have us smiling in wonder. Maud’s creations enchant with their realistic bark textures, branch-shaped handles, deep river blue glazes and charming ladybug and leaf decorations. The new Acorn Covered Casserole, above left, is a masterpiece in our eyes. The handled is cleverly disguised as an oak leaf. Also pictured are the 11″ Cheese Tray with Vine Handle, center, and the Flower Mug with Ladybug. Each of these gorgeous handmade pottery pieces is a work of art that you will want to keep out on display.

Maud Boleman holds a BA in Art Education and a MS in Psychology. She taught for over 10 years at Nova Southeastern University. She is currently a studio potter and gallery owner at Black Mountain Studios with Austin Boleman. “Since moving to the mountains of Western North Carolina she has tried to incorporate the look of the mountains in her work. Her technique and style have developed into a synthesis of the rustic and the refined, with form and function playing an intriguing duet.”

About Black Mountain Studios:

We do not consider art to be some obscure, esoteric pursuit that is practiced by the extremely “gifted” and understood by few. Art is the work of our minds and hands, is the result of the creative process, and we are all creative. How you carve a piece of wood, dig a trench, fold your laundry, form a rock into a functional piece, or, yes, shape a spinning ball of clay all involve the creative process. The purpose of the work that we do at Black Mountain Studios is quite simple: it is to make objects that are pleasing to the eye and the hand, to make things of beauty, be they utilitarian or not. If you look at one of our pieces and have a little bit of your breath taken away, or hold it in your hands or lift it to your mouth, and it feels good, it feels right, then we have achieved our goal. -Austin and Maud Boleman

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