Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lorraine Felix "Potter Extraordinaire"

When I think of Lorraine I think of "Sunshine". I do not believe I have ever seen Lorraine without a smile on her face ( I sure hubby Bob has ). The two of them have owned the building that is now "Three Rooms Gallery-Felix Pottery" for 18 years. They bought it from a man who lived and painted in the house, using the front room as his gallery. They rented the building to a few antique stores over the years before they opened it up to the artist community. Now the "Little Yellow House on Main Street" is home to over 30 local artists and craft people.

I make soap.

Lorraine makes this.

Confused? Don't be, these are a couple of close up shots of Lorraine's signature Horse Hair Pots. She takes a chunk of clay and makes a beautiful shaped vase or bowl, then using different organic materials to give it color, she places horse hairs on it before she places it in the kiln to fire ( don't worry, the horse hair if from a local groomer who saves her the hair pulled from the horse's brush ).

This is the whole picture.

I know, not a very good picture, but you get the idea. They are incredible. Each one is a work of art. I just wish she had more time to make them.

She is very busy with the store right now, she is the treasurer of the Main Street USA program, and is now involved with The Partnership of Community Resources.

They have brought the "Ring in Kindness" project to Gardnerville, NV.

Ring in Kindness is inspired by the Ben's Bells Project.

Ben Packard, of Tucson, AZ, passed away before his 3rd birthday. His parents began trying to cope with their loss. They came up with a design for Ben's Bells and started making them in their back yard studio with friends. The bells are hung randomly in their community twice a year to encourage kindness to others. Since Ben's death, it has been the kindness of others, strangers and friends, that has helped them begin to heal. Each bell is created by many hands, all volunteers, and are hung in the community twice a year.

You are invited to get involved in spreading kindness through handmade pieces of art, each piece touched by many hearts and hands. If you find one take it home and hang it up. Let it inspire you.

Community Participation Days are the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 2:30-4:30PM at Felix Pottery 1459 Hey 395 Gardnerville, NV 89410
Felix Pottery's phone number is 775-782-5434
and Partnership of Community Resource's phone number is 775-782-8611


  1. Very interesting Michelle, Enjoy reading your blog very much.

  2. hi michelle...thanks for sharing the stories...I like your blog and who may inspire me to start writing again..

  3. I love Lorraine's pottery, it's beautiful. And your table at the store looks really nice! Big hugs, your blog is really good!


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