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‘It’s my heart,’ Willington artist says of her passion for pottery

By EKATERINE TCHELIDZE

Chronicle Staff Writer

WILLINGTON — Denise Snow’s 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.

“I always had a passion for (pottery) and it’s something that I stuck with forever,” Snow said. “It’s in my heart.”

Between mugs and platters, ornaments and vases, magnets and dishes for silverware, Snow can make anything.

She puts creativity into every piece she makes.

“I get really tired of making just a mug, so I make it with a little bit extra to it,” Snow said.

That’s 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 “forgiving.”

“You can get clay to do anything you want it to do,” Snow said. “It’s just a matter of patience.”

Snow said her creativity is motivated by emotions and she puts soul into her work, even if it’s commissioned.

“If I do a commission piece, I try to really focus on the person that I’m doing it for,” she said. “I think everything’s connected spiritually and you can feel it in people’s work.”

The cost of her pieces depends on the type of clay body it’s 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’s work, visit her Facebook page at Peep Frog Pottery.

 

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