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Potter finds relaxation in the details
by Cortney Maddock
Jun 25, 2008 | 871 views | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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<a href=>Tribune/Debra Reid</a> - Ceramic artist Robin Felt spins clay into shape in her Sparks studio.
The wind chimes that line the eaves of Robin Felt’s small ceramics studio sway in the warm afternoon breeze, chirping out a soothing song. The studio houses a pottery wheel and kiln, as well as the creative ideas of the Sparks-based artist.

“I’ve always liked to create,” Felt said. “It’s in my blood.”

Felt admits that the nature-inspired creations lining her small backyard studio are the result of her rejuvenated desire to pursue art since her retirement from the Daily Sparks Tribune more than two and a half years ago.

“I decided, ‘Hey! I really like this,’ ” Felt said of her hobby. “I’ve been really lucky to be doing this.”

Shimmering seahorses, radiant suns and pre-glazed rose-shaped pots mingle with framed pictures of Hawaii’s state fish, the Humuhumukununukuapua’a, and a map on her white walls.

“We love going to the ocean and my husband (Bruce) likes going to the desert,” Felt said. “I guess I’m always looking at stuff, especially nature.”

Felt’s naturally free-spirited demeanor allows her to enjoy her art and not worry about everything she creates.

“The more you do, the more ideas you get,” Felt said. “Ideas kind of grow.”

Felt’s ceramic creations have multiplied so rapidly that she plans to hold a small invite-only art show at her backyard studio on Saturday. Felt said this will be her first ceramics show and she hopes it will be successful.

“If I get a good reception from this, I would want to do it again in the fall,” she said. “I’m just enjoying it as it comes.”

Felt has led a life filled with art and her creativity comes from a nurtured childhood. She attended the California College of Arts in Oakland, Calif.

“I took a ceramics class just for fun and loved it,” Felt said.

From there, Felt has moved around the country making art, including a stint in Baltimore, Md., where she made silk-screened fabrics. But it was life on the west coast the reignited her interest in ceramics.

When Felt returned to California, she worked for a company making molds and returned to ceramics by taking a class. Felt, who has lived in Sparks for 23 years, returned to Nevada and learned from Elko potter Dale Pappas how to make functional art.

“I started making these suns at Dale’s and everyone wanted one,” Felt said.

From there, Felt set up a studio and acquired her wheel and kiln.

“It started out as a place where I would draw and make things,” Felt said of the ceramics studio.

Felt has explored ways to keep her artwork innovative by using wood tools to etch designs into ceramic pottery and placing glass beads on beautifully sculpted fish that melt into the design when placed in the kiln.

“I like to put do-dads on things,” Felt said.

The intricate details, such as etched cacti and flower petals, Felt adds to her artwork differentiates it from manufactured pieces found in home décor stores, giving each piece a special touch.

To view Felt’s creations and attend the art show and sale on Saturday, contact her at The show and sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include refreshments and snacks.
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June 26, 2008
Way to go, Robin . . . Can't wait to see your creations. Ain't retirement grand!!!
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