Carrie Althouse

Ceramics
Hunt Country Jewelers Guest
105 East Main Street Purcellville, VA 20132
Loudoun Valley, Stop #19

Wheel thrown wood fired vases, 8
Wheel thrown wood fired vases, 8"x3" & 12"x4", 2015

Artist Statement

What's not to love about nature? I am artistically inspired by hiking tall mountains, kayaking crystal blue lakes, climbing textured rocks, camping under soft pine groves and skiing the curved face of mountains. I am in tune with the smells, sights and sounds of nature. My artwork is created with my experiences of the great outdoors in mind. I describe my style of pottery as rustic elegance because it is highly textured with a natural feel.

Biography

Carrie graduated with an art education degree which only included a single pottery class. She taught art at middle and high schools in Maryland and New Hampshire for the next nine years. In 2007, she returned to pottery and spent ten years, mastering the art and raising children. It was a busy time in her life. Being a self-taught potter, the transition from beginner to accomplished artist wasn't easy, but she persevered. She enrolled in workshops and classes from master potters such as Simon Leach and Bill Van Guilder to further her skills. She currently teaches adult wheel throwing classes at the Round Hill Arts Center and at various camps for kids throughout the summer.

Carrie's work is featured at the Cooley Gallery in Leesburg and displayed at juried art shows in the tri-state area.

Root vase, wheel thrown and altered stoneware, 17
Root vase, wheel thrown and altered stoneware, 17" x 4.5", 2015
Textured mugs, wheel thrown and hand carved stoneware, 3
Textured mugs, wheel thrown and hand carved stoneware, 3" x 4", 2016
Chickadees, wheel thrown, altered and hand painted stoneware, 4
Chickadees, wheel thrown, altered and hand painted stoneware, 4"x3", 2016
Tree mugs, wheel thrown and hand painted stoneware, 2.5
Tree mugs, wheel thrown and hand painted stoneware, 2.5" x 4.5", 2015
Raku vessel, wheel thrown in 2 pieces, hand carved stoneware, 12
Raku vessel, wheel thrown in 2 pieces, hand carved stoneware, 12" x 14", 2016
Slab picture boxes, hand built, mason stain transfer drawing and colored hand glazing, stoneware, 3.5
Slab picture boxes, hand built, mason stain transfer drawing and colored hand glazing, stoneware, 3.5" x 3.5", 2016
Birch series, Wheel thrown, carved, glazed and stained stoneware, 1.5
Birch series, Wheel thrown, carved, glazed and stained stoneware, 1.5" - 14" x 1.5" - 6", 2016
Texture bowl, Wheel thrown, hand carved stoneware, 12
Texture bowl, Wheel thrown, hand carved stoneware, 12" x 8", 2015
Tree plate, wheel thrown, hand carved and glazed stoneware, 17
Tree plate, wheel thrown, hand carved and glazed stoneware, 17" x 2", 2016

Offering on tour: Functional and sculptural pottery.

Loudoun Valley Stop #19

Visit Carrie Althouse at Hunt Country Jewelers
From Route 7 exit south on Route 287 toward Purcellville. Navigate the roundabout to turn right onto Main Street. Continue through town. Hunt Country Jewelers is on the right, near the west end of town, in the Old Town section.