Monday, May 31, 2010

Pottery Treasures

I didn't really mean to take a week off from blogging... it just kind of happened.  So maybe I'll try to catch up a bit.  Let me introduce you to a marvelous potter I met today.  Her name is Mary Tuttle and now I'm kicking myself for not taking a photo of this vibrant creature, she was SO fun!  She is from Buffalo Gap, VA.  I'd met her work a while back, fell in love nearly instantly.  I had no intention of buying anything, I was just scouting out a shop to see what the product mix was when I stumbled upon pottery done in colors that made me happy.  Anyone who knows me will be able to affirm that color is indeed the truest love of my life.  Before I knew it I was buying these:
This adorable little weed vase... which prompted a quick walk around my yard and the golf course next door for a few weeds, etc...
Buttercups are oddly pleasing... for a weed!
And this little bitty pitcher, it's got little dents on each side for perfect pouring.  Oh, it pleases me!
I've thought it might be nice to have a spoon rest for years.  Order appeals to me but I never found one that was remotely aesthetically pleasing until I saw this one:
And it is perfect for holding my favorite stirring spoons!
So these three pieces were my impulse purchase a while back.
Imagine my delight when I wandered into a booth at "Art in the Park" and found the same work... and thus... the artist her fine self!  Tickle me PINK!
That's how this little wall vase came to be mine... (perfect home for small measuring spoons!
And this one is perfect for my nutmeg grater!  I told Mary I love pottery but don't collect much because many potters work in such somber earthy colors.  She laughed and said if something comes out of her kiln in a somber color it's a mistake!  Is it any wonder I kept shopping?!
A small mixing bowl with two pour spouts... and a little salsa bowl (which is actually sporting some blueberries at the moment.) 
I really like the two little pocket vases on the kitchen cabinets, and you can see the tiny little weed vase and pitcher on the window sill.  The bright reds/oranges and purples in the glazes works beautifully with all the other color in my kitchen.

Speaking of color, a friend of mine wrote this little blurb about me:

Carmen Rose, known for her passion for color, whether in glass painting and fusing, silk scarf dyeing, or art quilts, is going to splash OASIS gallery with a special exhibit. She has worked in many media, but an eye for color is her signature. 

It's not the first time I've been billed as having some sort of a special relationship with color, I guess sometimes I forget that not everyone loves color like I do. I think that's why the work of potter Mary Tuttle delights me so!  Mary doesn't have a website, facebook page or even a twitter account... she's a phone person.  (I hate phones!)  She spends her time in the studio.  And though I'd love to be able to go somewhere and look at photos of her work or drop her an email to say that it was nice to meet her... I think she's got her priorities right.  It's good to be reminded that the studio is still the place where art happens.  And who wouldn't want to play in the dirt for a living?!
Happy Creating
(And happy stumbling across cool artsy type people)
-Carmen Rose


  1. Carmen Rose: Do you know if your potter, Mary Tuttle, the same one, or related to the Mary Tuttle, who at one time had a pottery shop in Tijeras, New Mexico? Pottery style seems quite different, but name is same.

    Thanks, jlk (

  2. Yes, they are both the same person. Mary Tuttle grew up in Spencer, IA, a twin to Marcia Tuttle, and graduated with a degree in art from the U. of Iowa. Mary died Feb 21, 2012 the result of car/pedestrian accident in NM according to her family. A memorial service will be held sometime in late April. Jim Fisher (


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