Louisiana Pottery
Sorrento, Louisiana
This exhibit is in loving memory of Patricia Wagner, 
more fondly known as "Ms. Pat."
"Potawatomi"

Patricia Wagner, artist -"Creating Beauty for the World" 
       
I have just put up a new exhibit for Ms. Pat.  Her husband Bud Wagner has graciously donated several pieces for this exhibit.  One collection showcases Ms. Pat's wonderful talent in "design." Another collection shows the viewer the "evolution" of her work.  Some pieces, especially her "masks" are pieces that those familiar with her work through Louisiana Pottery, have never seen before.
Come in anytime to see this new exhibit.
Pictures for this page will come soon.

"Ms. Pat", as she was so fondly known, achieved her goal -"creating beauty for the world."  
She began creating pottery at the age of 70, after retirement.  Initially, she studied basic ceramics at a local college, but mostly spent years thereafter developing her own style and techniques.  

Ms. Pat sagger fired many of her earlier pieces, but soon began pit firing in her back yard.  
She built a brick pit, filled it with organic materials, and covered the pit with a piece of sheet metal. In the beginning, Ms. Pat kept a notebook of her firings.  Each page contained 3 columns.  In the first column she would draw the shape of the pot. The second column contained information about what organic material(s) were taped onto the pot.  And the third column she commented on the results -color, and if she liked it or not.  Ultimately, she was trying to determine what organic materials burned what color.  Soon she realized that using the same organic materials did not render the same results.  Then, she decided to "leave it all to chance."  Now, she could be pleasantly surprised by the beauty that nature gave her.   

Many collectors continued to collect her work for years -simply because each piece was so unique. While Louisiana Pottery has represented more than 135 artisans, none of them produced the type of work that Ms. Pat created. One fine aspect of her work was that she spent hours (4-6 each piece) burnishing her pots with smooth or polished stones.  When you picked one up -it felt like silk.  Ms. Pat had 12 stones that she used, but probably 6 of them she used most.  One particular stone she used a lot was one given to her by a friend who found it on a beach.  

While burnishing the pot, the curvature of the stone had to match the curvature of the pot -therefore, she would use several stones to burnish each pot.  After burnishing the pot completely, Ms. Pat would give it another final polish with a soft piece of cotton cloth. While this is a very labor intensive task, many artists just can't (or won't) take the time to do it.  Ms. Pat did take the time; she focused on her mission -creating beauty for the world -no matter how long it took.  

I am very blessed to have known Ms. Pat, and to have shared in the beautiful pots that she left us.
         Judy Starrett, Owner of Louisiana Pottery

See more of Ms. Pat's pots at Louisiana Pottery.  
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
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