Creating with Joy – Ceramic Angels & Vessels by Gayle Ray

Discover the Joy within the Pottery of Gayle Ray

Have you ever wondered about the mesmerizing process of turning a lump of clay into a beautiful piece of art? This Saturday, June 8, 2024, from 12 PM to 3 PM, you have the perfect opportunity to witness this transformation in person.

Renowned local artist Gayle Ray will be showcasing her pottery skills at the Mountain Made Art Gallery in downtown Asheville, inside the historic Grove Arcade. This is not just an event; it’s an invitation to immerse yourself in the world of creativity and artistry, where every piece of clay tells a unique story.

Art has a profound impact on our lives, serving as a conduit for expression, emotion, and connection. Pottery, in particular, is an art form that marries the tactile pleasure of sculpting with the aesthetic joy of creating something both beautiful and functional.

Gayle Ray, an artist who has embraced various mediums such as painting and jewelry-making, has found her true calling in pottery. “I’ve found joy in art since childhood, embracing the expression of my creative energy,” says Gayle. Her passion for creating angels and vessels speaks to her deep connection with the art form and her desire to share that joy with others.

Her work, particularly her sculpted angels and vessels, is infused with a unique spiritual and personal touch. “Creating has been a lifelong passion of mine. I find immense joy in exploring various artistic mediums, from painting with acrylics and watercolors to sculpting clay into vessels, angels, and crafting jewelry with semi-precious stones,” she shares.

Gayle’s journey in pottery began in college, where she minored in the subject and fell in love with the craft. Recently, she has rekindled her passion, focusing on sculpting angels and other forms that resonate with her.

She says, “There is something so satisfying about forming things with clay,” she notes. Each of her creations is not only a piece of art but a spiritual embodiment. “Angels are spiritual, benevolent beings that are said to be attendants of God.”

“In sculpting Angels, I ask each one their name. I hear, ‘I am the Angel of Joy’ or ‘I am the Angel of Gratitude’… they have many names, and I am often surprised by what they say to me.”

This unique approach adds a layer of depth and meaning to her work, making each piece not just an object, but a conversation starter and a bearer of positive energy.

Gayle believes that these angels have a purpose and a place in someone’s life, bringing messages of joy, gratitude, and other uplifting sentiments.

At Gayle’s art demo, you’ll experience firsthand the meticulous process of pottery making. From the initial shaping of the clay to the intricate details that bring each piece to life.

Art has the power to transform, inspire, and connect us to deeper parts of ourselves and the world around us.

By attending Gayle Ray’s live pottery demo, you are not just witnessing art; you are becoming a part of its creation. We look forward to seeing you at the Mountain Made Art Gallery for an afternoon of creativity, inspiration, and community.

We invite you to come by and see which angel or vessel speaks to you and perhaps take home more than just a piece of pottery … take home a piece of art that is filled with love, joy, and a story waiting to unfold.

Ad Gayle says, “It never hurts to say a prayer and talk directly to the Angel. You too may be surprised by what they say and offer.”

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