By the Bay Gallery in Morro Bay, California
By the Bay Gallery is open daily and featuring American crafts and fine jewelry since 1988
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Dirty Dog Pottery: Hil-Dee Bates


Artist's Statement: I began my life's journey in Preston, Idaho, the daughter of dairy farmers. My childhood days left an indelible impression that is part of who I am today. My seven brothers and sisters and I worked hard at daily farm chores. However, it was the many hours spent creating my own worlds in the fields, barns and down by the Snake River that I remember most fondly.

This beginning helped me to find beauty in the simple things that surround our everyday lives. Even though I dabble in many artistic mediums, clay is our my favorite. The cycle of taking a lump of clay that smells of earth, shaping it, firing it and ultimately completing a process that ends in somebody handling that same lump of clay in its transfigured state. This final step is why much of my work is functional. The process doesn’t seem complete until someone is using the object that was created.

I always try to incorporate something different and beautiful, something that changes the object from an everyday useful object into art. I think everyone should learn to appreciate the bowl, cup, or plate they are using and find beauty in this world of fast paced living. It is my hope that something I've made can help another appreciate the daily act they are performing.

Hil-Dee Bates 

Glazes used by Hill-Dee are lead free and food safe. Pieces can be used in the oven or microwave, and can go in the dishwasher

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