Becky Garrity

Clay has called me back time and again. In the 70’s, I studied sculpture and ceramics at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. In the 80’s, I happened into a 2-year pottery apprenticeship in Okinawa, Japan. In the 90’s, after many years as a student of pottery, I finally shifted from my chosen profession of graphic design to potter. I have been making and selling pots and teaching pottery ever since. I am energized by my students who bring a fresh outlook to this ancient material. Through their eyes, I find new ways to view my own work. Thereby, I am motivated to pick up the clay and start something new each day.

I work with mid-range stoneware clay. My pieces are wheel thrown with hand-formed attachments: spouts, handles, accents, etc. My glazes are made from tried and true recipes shared by other potters through the years. My work is fired in an oxidation environment.

My designs are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing, with the forms reflecting my experience and interest in all things Asian. Lately, I am carving wavelike images, trees, and dancing people on surfaces expanding the tactile and visual interest of each piece! My line of pottery includes serving bowls, platters, pitchers, teapots, vases, lamps, and much more.

History:
BA sculpture and ceramics
Apprentice to a potter in Japan for 2 years
19 years making and selling pottery
Teach pottery to all ages including folks with special needs.

Galleries:
Mud Dauber Pottery, Earlysville, VA
Noon Whistle Pottery, Stanardsville, VA
The Montreat Store, Montreat, NC
Alderson Artisans Gallery, Alderson, WV
GALA Artisan Jewelry and Crafts, Kensington, MD.

Memberships:
NCECA, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
Artisans Center of Virginia
Artisan Studio Tour of Virginia
Potters Council

Hours:
Mon 12–5
Tues 12–5
Wed 11–5
Thurs 11–5
Fri 11–5
Sat 11–5
Sun 12–5
Address:
118 E Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 972–9500
C’ville Arts offers a tremendous range of crafts and art, including decorative & functional objects for your home & garden, wearable art such as jewelry and scarves, organic balms, photography, paintings, sculpture, and more. As a cooperative, we work together to operate the store, helping keep our art affordable. Visitors are able to meet and chat with the artists who are on duty each day. C’ville Arts has become a popular place to find unique gifts for all occasions and locally made mementos for visitors to our area.
The Gallery is honored to be a part of the Virginia Artisans Trail Network, specifically the Monticello Artisans Trail.  “Choose from the many creative excursions and activities available as you plan your trip to Virginia!  The Artisan Trail Network will help you navigate a unique adventure.  We invite you to explore the byways and back roads, visiting craft artisan studios, agri-artisan gardens & farms, wineries & breweries, galleries & craft related venues, local businesses & eclectic shops and historical & cultural points of interest.”  The Gallery was recently featured in a video produced for the Virginia Artisans Trail Network.