Maureen Alvarez

Stoneware Pottery
Guest at Purcellville Train Depot
200 North 21st Street Purcellville, VA 20132
Loudoun Valley, Stop #20

Sgraffito
Sgraffito "Houses and Hills" Mugs - wheel thrown and carved stoneware - 5" - 2016

Artist Statement

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." —Rumi

I am a local Loudoun County potter doing what I love — producing functional and decorative work from my home studio near Hillsboro, Virginia. My degree in horticulture and landscape design as well as my 19 years residing in western Loudoun County have greatly influenced the design elements in my work. Whether the piece is functional or made for sheer delight, wheel thrown or slab built, each carries my non-traditional designs created by handmade stamps, carvings and forms. I don't focus on sets or production pottery. Each piece is one-of-a-kind although some pieces may have relatives, but never twins. It is my intent that you are able to see/feel the hand of the maker in all of my pieces — the finger pull lines on wheel thrown pieces, carving lines on my sgraffito work, indentations from my hand carved stamps or the hand-drawn lines in my mishima work. My hope is that my stoneware pottery finds its way into homes where everyday use allows it to become part of traditions and memories for generations.

Sgraffito House and Hills Platter - stoneware, slab built and carved - 18
Sgraffito House and Hills Platter - stoneware, slab built and carved - 18" x 13" - 2016
Peacock Pieces - wheel thrown stoneware, mishima inlay with hand painted underglaze, 3
Peacock Pieces - wheel thrown stoneware, mishima inlay with hand painted underglaze, 3" to 9" - 2017
Little Houses - hand-built stoneware - 1½
Little Houses - hand-built stoneware - 1½" to 2" tall - 2016
Covered Jar - wheel thrown and altered with hand built lid - 8
Covered Jar - wheel thrown and altered with hand built lid - 8" x 7" - 2016
Spoons/Scoops - hand-built stoneware - 3
Spoons/Scoops - hand-built stoneware - 3" to 5" - 2015
Candle Pedestal and Covered Jar - wheel thrown and  altered, hand stamped stoneware - 7
Candle Pedestal and Covered Jar - wheel thrown and altered, hand stamped stoneware - 7" x 5" and 7" x 6" - 2016
Wine Cups - wheel thrown stoneware - 3.5
Wine Cups - wheel thrown stoneware - 3.5" x 3" - 2016
Teapot with Sugar and Creamer - wheel thrown stoneware - 11
Teapot with Sugar and Creamer - wheel thrown stoneware - 11" x 7" teapot, sugar and creamer 4" x 4" each - 2015
Treasure Boxes - wheel thrown, altered, and hand-built stoneware - 4
Treasure Boxes - wheel thrown, altered, and hand-built stoneware - 4"x 6" x 6" - 2016
Hanging Bird - wheel thrown, altered, and hand-built stoneware - 5
Hanging Bird - wheel thrown, altered, and hand-built stoneware - 5" x 9" - 2015
Oval Chip & Dip - wheel thrown and hand-built stoneware - 8
Oval Chip & Dip - wheel thrown and hand-built stoneware - 8" x 18" platter with 2½" bowl - 2015
Purple Bowl - wheel thrown, altered, and hand-built stoneware - 11
Purple Bowl - wheel thrown, altered, and hand-built stoneware - 11" x 3" - Sugar & Creamer - 4" x 4" - 2015
Pitcher and Fruit Bowl - wheel thrown stoneware with resist and slip design - 10
Pitcher and Fruit Bowl - wheel thrown stoneware with resist and slip design - 10" x 6" and 4" x 11" - 2016
Owl Mugs - wheel thrown and altered stoneware - 4
Owl Mugs - wheel thrown and altered stoneware - 4" x 3" - 2016
Inspired Vases - wheel thrown stoneware, slip and  resist design - 9
Inspired Vases - wheel thrown stoneware, slip and resist design - 9" x 5" - 2016
Wall Hearts - hand-built stoneware - 6
Wall Hearts - hand-built stoneware - 6" x 7" and 7" x 9" - 2015
Teapot - wheel thrown, hand-built, and altered stoneware - 8
Teapot - wheel thrown, hand-built, and altered stoneware - 8" x 8" - 2014
Cheese Board - wheel thrown stoneware - 9
Cheese Board - wheel thrown stoneware - 9" diameter - 2015
Sgraffito Houses & Hills Platter - hand-built and carved stoneware - 8
Sgraffito Houses & Hills Platter - hand-built and carved stoneware - 8" x 15" - 2016

Offering on tour: Functional and decorative stoneware pottery. Refreshments. Fun "play with clay" table for kids.

Loudoun Valley Stop #20

Visit Maureen Alvarez at Purcellville Train Depot
From Main Street in Purcellville heading west, turn right on North 21st Street, to the light yellow train depot in front of Magnolia’s.