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!

Mary Ann Casey

Paint on Canvas - Auburn, AL

Mary Ann is a local self-taught artist who creates intuitively and often uses repurposed materials. She understands her subjects on canvas as they relate to earth, each other, & spirit. She releases abstracts like messages or energy on canvas. Mary Ann wants love and connection to all life to speak from her work.

Earthborne

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.

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 .

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.”

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