Saturday, May 2, 2009

Featured Artist: Kathie Depew

A small sample selection of Cotton Ridge Pottery handcrafted stoneware clay pendants.

Pottery by Cotton Ridge Designs, Kathryn Depew, Owner & Artist

“Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand”. Isaiah 64:8

After appreciating and collecting wheel-thrown pottery for many years, I had the opportunity in July 2006 to begin lessons. The feel of the clay immediately captured my imagination, and I was hooked! We sold my first pottery at a craft show in December 2006, and the customer response encouraged me to continue. While admiring some lovely glass pendants, the idea
came to my mind of stoneware clay pendants, fired with the beautiful glazes used on pottery. Since that day, I have learned that artists have been making clay jewelry throughout history! I am rather awed that we can continue this tradition through my company, adding our own ideas and imagination.

My company offers moderately priced jewelry for customers who enjoy unique, handcrafted pieces. We first introduced the pendants at a craft show in 2007, and were greatly encouraged by enthusiastic responses from customers and friends.
Customers’ encouragement, orders from specialty shops and the opportunity to display my work in a local gallery all continue to buoy my eagerness to explore the endless possibilities in pendant design.

My sincere desire is to allow Christ to live His life through me to bless others and bring glory to God in all aspects of my life, including through my company. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23) Art and crafts in various forms have been part of my life since I was a child, and I am thrilled to now be involved in creating stoneware clay art that can be enjoyed for years to come!

I grew up as an Air Force kid mostly in Southern California and northern Virginia. I now live in a rather quiet suburban neighborhood just outside of the city of Huntsville, Alabama with my husband of 9 years and my cat. After earning a B.B.A. in Accounting from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, I worked professionally as an accountant and an analyst for 10 years in the Washington, DC area and in Huntsville, Alabama. I started Cotton Ridge Designs, LLC, an internet company selling collectibles, in 1999. Cotton Ridge Pottery was established in 2007 under this existing company.

To learn more about Kathie Depew's pottery please visit:

Cotton Ridge Pottery
Cotton Ridge Designs, LLC, PO Box 35, Ryland, AL 35767
(256) 852-7791

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