Kristi O’Connell

I took my first pottery class 17 years ago at the Knoxville Fine Arts and Crafts Center, a year and a half after my first daughter was born. What started as a way to spend time with friends once a week quickly turned into a passion. For me, throwing on the wheel felt meditative and natural. I was able to incorporate my love for bright colors and nature when I discovered sgraffito, a method of carving through layers of slip to add decoration to pottery. I loved the way the cheerful pieces brightened up my home, and so I began sharing with friends. Enthusiasm for my work spread and I soon found myself selling at local craft shows about 12 years ago. It makes me happy to see people enjoy my pottery as much as I love making it. Creating pieces that make people smile brings me joy.

I have been a member of Terra Madre for 4 years, and I am continually inspired by this talented and diverse community of female artists.