Perk up your kitchen or dining room with these cheery ceramic hedgehogs! These hand-molded toothpick holders can add the right touch to any dinner or party.
These amusing little hedgehogs are handmade here in Asheville by ceramic artist Patricia Van West. Patricia says about herself, “I’m an artist, educator, editor, and freelance writer. My work is in art galleries from Florida’s Forgotten Coast to Western North Carolina.”
Fun Fact About Hedgehogs
A group of hedgehogs are called an “array.”
Hedgehogs use hearing and smell due to very poor eyesight.
Hedgehogs got their funny name from their preferred habitat—garden hedges—and the pig-like grunts they make.
Fired Red Clay accented with a frosted white glaze
No two hedgehogs will be exactly alike and colors may vary slightly.
Includes toothpicks (quills)
We invite you to come the gallery and check out our current “array” of hedgehogs today.
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UPDATE: Jean & Carl will be here at the gallery on Saturday, September 16, 2017 for a live art demonstration of their work! We invite you to come by if you are downtown.
Decorative Ceramic Fruit
Apples and Pears by Jean & Carl Saake
Did you know that this little corner of the Blue Ridge Mountain is famous for being one of the South’s the premier apple growing regions?
And along with large commercial operations there are many family-run fruit farms in and around Western North Carolina. In fact there are over 29 such small apple orchards within an hour’s drive of Asheville.
Not to mention that many towns like Hendersonville NC also host apple festivals and harvest fairs throughout the entire month of September.
But you couldn’t make it to your favorite apple festival this year, then don’t worry – you didn’t miss out.
Mountain Made gallery is celebrating NC Apple Month in true Southern style, as two of our local artists are providing you with some wonderful ceramic fruit artwork from master artists Jean and Carl Saake. (more…)
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UPDATE: Live Art Demo by Jean & Carl Saake
Saturday – 11AM – 4PM
Being creative is not a hobby…It’s a way of life
And so it has been with ceramic artists Jean and Carl Saake.
As some of Asheville’s oldest ceramic artists (90+), both Jean along with her husband Carl have long mastered the wonderful technique of hand building fanciful birds, apples and pears as well as other whimsical critters such as lady bugs and snails from clay.
Jean painstakingly molds, rolls and pinch crafts each and every one of her ceramic pieces by hand while Carl hand paints and glazes each one of them.
We invite you to checkout the images of photos of some of their work below:
Ceramic Art – Asheville Artist Jean and Carl Saake