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Artist Spotlight: Trista Hudzik Pottery

Trista Hudzik is returning to The Handmade Market with her fabulous collection of Trista Hudzik Pottery. All of Trista’s pieces are made individually by hand, either wheel thrown or hand built. Trista adds pattern, color, texture, and life to her pieces by a painstaking process of painting, carving, drying, glazing, and bisque fairing. Trista’s vessels are not only beautiful but also useful — dishwasher and microwave safe and intended for everyday use.

How did you come up with your business name? Unfortunately, my business name isn’t very creative — it is simply my name, with “pottery” at the end. I chose to use my name for my business because I was always seeing pottery in galleries with names like Tomato Pie Pottery or Spinning Cat Pottery (totally made up names by the way!) and wondering who actually made this awesome pot?

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. I have made a small turn in my work to spend my time focusing on making the kind of pots I really like to make! I enjoy making complicated pieces — things like candy dishes and butter dishes are a super fun way to add something new and different to your existing pottery collection. I also really love making serving sets like a sugar & creamer set or a tea set. I love the design challenge of putting several pieces together — working out not only the set within the context of the simple forms of the pots, and then considering how I will decorate the surface of each piece.

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? I feel like I could never stop learning! How could I possibly narrow it down to just one thing? Okay, if I had to … I would really to acquire more skills with wood working and would love to be more confident with power tools. And while this may not seem to directly relate to making pottery, it actually might just be THE most helpful set of skills I could learn. Potters are always in need of more shelving! And more tools! Also, potters need displays for their work — so if I could design and build all of these things on my own it would be amazing!

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? WOW! After reviewing the list of artists, I am excited to see so many of them! I love Elena Caron‘s sweet flowers and embroidery, all of the Metamorphasis Metals creations are fantastic, and my personal favorite is always Mood Swing. I covet her work!

What was your first concert? Your all-time fave? My first concert was at the West Virginia State Fair to see Conway Twitty! My mother, my grandparents, and I would venture up there every summer. I got to see a lot of really amazing country music legends at the West Virginia State Fair when I was growing up. I feel pretty grateful for that! My favorite? Well, there is this band called Lucero (sigh) that I can’t get enough of. I’ve seen them more times than I count on both fingers. Also, I got to see Jack White a few years ago at The Orange Peel in Asheville with his all female band.

What’s your favorite Halloween costume? Halloween is my favorite holiday! (Any excuse to wear a costume!) My favorite halloween costume might’ve been the year I was a flapper. I love to imagine what life was like at a different time. I went all out! It was super fun!

Be sure to visit Trista’s booth at The Handmade Market on November 8. Her pottery would make a great gift for friends who fill their homes with fun and functional art. {And if you happen to see the lovely Kristen Randall of Mood Swing today, wish her a very happy birthday!}

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