Local Artists


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Rabbit Fish

Ceramics - Auburn, AL

Owners Brian & Laura began their small-batch ceramics operation in 2019 with pottery that embraces imperfection, oddness, and flights of imagination. The perfect duo, Brian throws most pieces on a wheel while Laura hand carves using the sgraffito method. Each piece is hand made, making for one-of-a-kind pieces!

Barbara Birdsong

Jewelry - Auburn, AL

Barbara developed a vision for a creative jewelry studio to teach others how to make jewelry, as well as create and sell her designs. Perch was opening in 2009 and became a community meeting place where everyone came together to create, collaborate, inspires on another. in 2020 Perch was transitioned from a retail store to an online studio and a new company was created with a jewelry collection that carries her name. Barbara is a creator who works form a place of love for people, life, and making things!


Pottery - Leeds, AL

Thanks to an observant teacher who helped her as a somewhat troubled teenager, Tena discovered her love of pottery early on. Beginning in Birmingham, she now has international success in the hospitality industry. Tena believes working with clay give us a connection to the earth and a respect for our Creator who made it. She graciously customized the plateware used in our Grille restaurant with the Botanic logo.

Karen Slayton

Watercolor - Clarke County, AL

Born in a small town in Clarke County where she still resides, Karen has 3 children and 4 grandchildren who all live in Auburn, so much of her time is spent there.  Her love for flowers and nature led her to purchase a florist which she owned for 10 years.  She enjoyed drawing and doodling, mostly with charcoals, but have always been drawn to watercolor. She was so intrigued with the way the water made the colors flow and blend.  Water does what it wants, more or less, therefore you never know exactly how a painting will turn out. That is what makes it fun and interesting.  Karen started painting for friends and family, who encouraged her to share her art.  Someone once said, “What I love about watercolor is that a lot of happy accidents occur.”  That is so true!

Sarah Wagoner

Painting - Selma, AL

A 1988 Auburn graduate in education, Sarah Wilbourne Wagoner is a self-taught Blackbelt artist. Her father bought her first paints encouraging her to paint flowers. Sarah began a calligraphy side-hustle in high school. Since 2016, Sarah has dabbled in clay, watercolor, oil, and acrylic. Sarah’s whimsical work is inspired by faith and nature. You can find Sarah enjoying her family with a candle lit nearby.

Phil Raley

Basket Weaving - Opelika, AL

A native of Andalusia, Alabama, Phil graduated from Troy State University (BS) and Auburn University ( M.Ed., Ed.D.) and served for 39 years in the Opelika City Schools as a teacher, counselor, principal, asst. superintendent and superintendent. He and his wife, Sara Hart (of Dothan), have two children, Jim & Leigh, and a grandson, Raley! Phil’s hobbies have multiplied and broadened during his 15 years of retirement to include bread and cinnamon roll baking, fountain building, and basket making. Basket making was self-taught using designed and built worktables to complete his various projects.

Debbie Folkerts

Stoneware & Weaving - Auburn, AL

Debbie creates stoneware embellished bowls with longleaf pine needles. The needles are naturally shed, gathered from the forest floor, and woven in Native American style. The needles are bound with sinew and the pottery is high-fired stoneware. The long-lasting character of the needles provides for a durable vessel when combined with stoneware. From the sale of each bowl, a donation is made to the Longleaf Alliance, Andalusia, AL, working to ensure a sustainable future for longleaf pine ecosystems.

Color Terra

Pottery - Auburn, AL

Originally from Argentina, Maria’s hobby is to make ceramics and gemstone jewelry. She reinvents pieces that serve human needs and cherishes the rhythms of life through beauty and color using clay and stones. She feels her pieces offer a vibrant energy for all of life’s moments, big and small, to be cherished.

Margaret Cunningham

Pottery - Montgomery, AL

A student of pottery for over seven years and painter since early childhood, Margaret studied art in college and now brings her creativity to her pottery. Her love of abstract forms in her painting have transcended to organic shapes in her pottery. Never one to think a bowl has to be round, she manipulates the clay by hand to form magnificent bowls and pieces in shapes and textures thin and flowing like fold of cloth enveloped & frozen in time. Her unique application of glazes further reflects her love of the abstract in both shape and color.

Jane Ann Fleming

Painting - Montgomery, AL

Born and raised in Lee county, Jane Ann now lives in Montgomery with her husband, Ed. She began creating special pieces of art for her family and friends, But through her love for volunteering at Camp Smile A Mile, (Alabama’s camp for children who have or have had cancer) she was inspired to use her talents to encourage and uplift others. Jane Ann’s signature angels and her other inspirational art are based on Psalm 91:11, ” For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.”

William Campbell

Pottery - Auburn, AL

An Auburn native who originally learned how to make pottery from his brother in Arkansas, William has been creating for over 25 years. He specializes in mugs, cups & bowls and has collected Toomer’s Corner tissue from the rolled oaks of previous victories that he incorporates into his orange and blue piece .

Kathy Miller-Lowe

Oil on Canvas - Lake Martin, AL

An award winning artist whose works are guided by the dual principles of rich contrasts & broad brush strokes. Kathy’s love for the countryside and her travels have influenced her subject matter. Being primarily self-taught, she has studied with many prominent national & international mentors, with her work featured in local & national magazines. Kathy is a lifelong resident of Auburn and the Lake Martin area & regularly gives back to the community that she loves.