By EKATERINE TCHELIDZE
Chronicle Staff Writer
WILLINGTON ‚ÄĒ Denise Snow‚Äôs pottery is nothing like most ceramic pieces we see at farmers markets and on shop shelves.
Her pieces are unique and no item ever looks exactly like another.
Snow has been doing pottery for more than 20 years and continues to create art pieces at her home-based art studio, which she named Willington Peep Frog Pottery.
Snow said she took a few pottery classes as a college student, but most of her skills are self-taught.
Receiving a lot of positive feedback about her work also motivated her to create more.
‚ÄúI always had a passion for (pottery) and it‚Äôs something that I stuck with forever,‚ÄĚ Snow said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs in my heart.‚ÄĚ
Between mugs and platters, ornaments and vases, magnets and dishes for silverware, Snow can make anything.
She puts creativity into every piece she makes.
‚ÄúI get really tired of making just a mug, so I make it with a little bit extra to it,‚ÄĚ Snow said.
That‚Äôs how she came to create mugs with handles that look like dragon flies or vases with a unique ornament at the top.
Snow also makes her own stamps that define the work she makes.
Overall, she enjoys working with clay because it is very ‚Äúforgiving.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúYou can get clay to do anything you want it to do,‚ÄĚ Snow said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs just a matter of patience.‚ÄĚ
Snow said her creativity is motivated by emotions and she puts soul into her work, even if it‚Äôs commissioned.
‚ÄúIf I do a commission piece, I try to really focus on the person that I‚Äôm doing it for,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúI think everything‚Äôs connected spiritually and you can feel it in people‚Äôs work.‚ÄĚ
The cost of her pieces depends on the type of clay body it‚Äôs made of and the size of the item, she said.
It usually takes a couple of weeks for her to complete a piece.
Snow can be seen at various farmers markets and Christmas markets in the area, including ones in Ellington, North Windham, Westport and more.
To order a customized item or view Snow‚Äôs work, visit her Facebook page at Peep Frog Pottery.