Can I purchase from Maggie Minor Designs if I live outside the United States?
Of course! As a former expat I've made sure of that. For sculptures, please contact me directly. Based on your location and the piece you'd like to purchase, I will prepare a paypal invoice and ship directly using UPS after your payment is received.
For prints, you can order directly from Fine Art America. They have printers all over the world and deliver promptly.
When was Maggie Minor Designs founded?
How long have you been working with clay?
I began working and experimenting with clay in April of 2008 at the age of thirty. Prior to this point, I had no experience with it except for a very basic workshop when I was 8 years old.
Why did you choose this business?
I am a very driven person and always planned to own my own business. I wanted to do something that resonated with who I am and provide me the ability to break away from corporate America. My parents are both entrepreneur’s and I learned a lot through their experiences. My mother was a Residential Contractor and I was raised on construction sites where everything around me was three-dimensional. This set the framework for my passion to create and work with clay.
What kind of clay do you use?
I use Buncombe White clay, which is made locally in Asheville, NC at Highwater Clays on Riverside Drive. All of their clay bodies are complex compositions that they mix into a perfect, reliable consistency.
How long does your process take?
It takes me approximately 6-8 hours to physically make one of my large organic sculptures or wall sculptures. However, the entire process can take me several months depending on the complexity of the piece and the inspiration I draw from. The most critical step of my process is the drying of the clay. This must be done very slowly to prevent cracking and requires constant monitoring.
Do you use a wheel to throw/create any of your organic sculptures?
My introduction to ceramics and working with clay began on the wheel but I have been hand building my work since 2010. I prefer this method because it allows for more fluid forms and allows me to build larger irregular shaped sculptures.
What kind of kiln do you have? Does the type of kiln make a difference in the quality & volume of your work?
I have a Scutt Automatic Klin KM-1222-3. It is a 240 Volts AC, 2W, 1 Phase, 48 Amps, 9984 Watts. The kiln is short and wide and was originally designed to be used in schools. This shape and size kiln allows me to fire multiple large pieces at the same time.
Do you make mugs, dinnerware or other traditional pottery pieces?
I do not consider myself to be a traditional potter. My work caters to a higher end market of interior designers and collectors. My technique and passions for free flowing, organic and contemporary art set me apart from the confines of traditional wheel work.