Saturday, March 12, 2011

CIC Saturday!

Whenever I go searching Etsy for another Crafting in Color team member, I'm always amazed at the variety and talent of them all! This week's featured member is no exception. Dyna and John are a team of two unbelievably creative people and I'm so excited to share their beautiful work with everyone! I've got a number of pieces from the shop in my favorite folder, here are just a few of them:





And without further ado, meet... Owl Creek Ceramics!

-Tell us a bit about yourself.
(Dyna) I grew up doing all sorts of arts and crafts. My mother and grandmother always had new projects going. I went to the University of Kansas for a degree in textile design and painting. Right after college I moved to California to blow glass. There are many similarities in glassblowing and pottery. You’re working with the concept of balance, constantly rotating the glass on a rod or a pot on a wheel. Also glaze is glass.
-What is your shop name and is there a story behind it?
We live on Owl Creek Road and we love the area (it’s the sticks and beautiful rolling hills) and so “Owl Creek Ceramics” was a natural.

-How did you get started painting and what is your favorite subject to paint?
(Dyna) In 2000, I was having tons of fun with friends going to the “paint your own ceramics” shops. I happened to mention to John that one day I would like to have a kiln, maybe in a year or so. Well, within a week we had our first kiln. I went to decorating and John figured out how to fire the thing. Soon we had added a potter’s wheel for John. At first everything was an experiment for both of us. We made lots of mistakes. It’s true what people say, every time you open up the kiln it’s like Christmas seeing how the pieces turned out or not.
-What is your favorite color?
We love all colors but right now we are absolutely crazy for lime green (chartreuse, kiwi). Just can’t get enough of it!

-What inspires and motivates you to create?
(Dyna) Repetitive patterns fascinate me and they are found everywhere. Fabric design, nature, advertising, industry. Many of our pieces incorporate my celebration patterns. Celebration patterns come from all over. I start with banding sections and then use the lines as a border for the doodled patterns.

-If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
I’d like to be supersonic fast so I could rapidly finish all the tasks that keep me from painting.
John says he’d like to fly just because.

-Top 5 favorite foods, tv shows, and bands?
Fajitas, baked sweet potatoes, fish, salad, pizza
Masterpiece Theater, Blue Bloods, Swamp People, No Ordinary Family, House Hunters International
Lucinda Williams, The Subdudes, K.T. Tunstall, Rob Thomas, Five for Fighting

-3 etsy shops you just LOVE?

-One year from now, I hope... 
June 11, 2011 is our first day going full time Owl Creek Ceramics! We’re so excited! We’ve been job sharing for about four years. Before that we both worked full time and John traveled a lot. Now we are so ready to totally immerse in an art life. We have big plans for experimenting more with new techniques and ideas; producing and hopefully selling more; and, spending more time together and with family and friends.

Check out these fun behind the scenes pictures Owl Creek Ceramics has shared with us...

Owl Creek Ceramics set up their lovely booth at the craft fair

Dyna in front of the studio
the kitchen inside the studio

John trimming a bowl
*love the Snoopy pants! ;)

Dyna finishing pieces

I hope you enjoyed getting to know the crafty couple behind Owl Creek Ceramics! Don't forget to stop by next week to meet another talented Crafting in Color team member! :)


  1. Fantastic getting to know more about Owl Creek Ceramics! Such beautiful work, too :)


  2. OKay, I so have to quit visiting your blog! I get a new addiction every time I come here! LOL! :)

  3. I love craft fairs!! Beautiful ceramics too!