Friday, December 30, 2011

Green Hill Center for NC Art Winter 2011

Sue was pleased to participate this past month in the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art Winter Show 2011 in Greensboro, NC. The show opened December 4, 2011 and closes January 15, 2012. "Since 1979, Green Hill Center's Winter Show continues to be the best venue for buying North Carolina art for the holiday season. Winter Show exhibition brings together over 100 artists each year from across North Carolina and constitutes a comprehensive survey of the finest art and crafts being produced in the state." See the art work at:

check out the Studio Potter article

Very pleased to have been selected to have an article in STUDIO POTTER Vol. 39, No. 2, Summer 2011 FAILURE. Find the article "Teapot Improv" on pp. 21-25. The whole issue is great inspiration! Become a member of Studio Potter today at

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Southern Pottery Gallery & Workcenter in Columbia, SC

A big thank you to Donna Green at Southern Pottery Workcenter. We sure enjoyed spending time in your gallery and the opening reception was truly fun.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Teapots hit the road to Columbia, SC.

Join us at Southern Pottery for the reception on November 4th. The teapots will be there until December 30th. Southern Pottery is located at 3105 Devine St, Columbia, SC, 29205; 803-251-3001; see:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

T. S. Eliot quote to go by-

You say I am repeating Something I have said before. I shall say it again. Shall I say it again? In order to arrive there, To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not, You must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy. In order to arrive at what you do not know You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance. In order to possess what you do not possess You must go by the way of dispossession. In order to arrive at what you are not You must go through the way in which you are not. And what you do not know is the only thing you know And what you own is what you do not own And where you are is where you are not.
T.S. Eliot, from “Four Quartets”

Friday, October 21, 2011

A page from our Gallery Book at Toe River Arts Council

"Strange how a teapot can represent at the Same time the comforts of solitude and the Pleasure of company."
-Zen Haiku Quote

Friday, September 23, 2011

Burnsville Gallery Reception

The reception on Friday, October 9, 2011 was well attended. It was great to talk with visitors to the gallery and enthusiasm for teapots was well discussed that evening. Over the next few weeks, I'll post pages from our gallery book.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

installation pictures

Installation went smoothly after a short meeting featuring green tea and sweet potato fries at the diner across the street from the Toe River Arts Gallery. A big thanks to Denise Cook & Ellen Dowling of TRAC for making installation easy!

Monday, September 12, 2011

So - an introduction please...

The Improv Girls Of Clay - Beginning in 2010, with a desire to have a teapot show together, potters Sue Grier, Patti Connor-Greene & Denise Woodward-Detrich unofficially began The Improv Girls Of Clay. They set out to meet periodically at each other’s studios to talk about teapots, clay techniques & an assortment of other topics. At one point during the first year, they decided to embark on a collaborative experiment with the exchange of the different parts of the teapot – spouts, bodies & lids. When they met next, with the experimental teapots in hand, the form discovery & process exploration they had achieved was noteworthy. As the rest of the year passed & the date for Conversations With Teapots approached, the artists were aware of a desire to keep working together on a ‘next’ pottery form - including some special twist such as the ‘parts exchange’ with the teapots. And so, The Improv Girls Of Clay officially came into formation. They are excited to be moving to this next form – vases, plus a collaborative aspect has already been identified. As artists, the collaborative projects within the show expectations have added a lively & creative twist to their studio time. See their initial three-person exhibit, Conversations With Teapots, at the Toe River Arts Council Gallery in Burnsville, NC from September 9, 2011 through October 8, 2011.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Conversations With Teapots - Opens soon!

Featuring teapots and more by clay artists Denise Woodward-Detrich, Patti Connor-Greene and Sue Grier. We've a fine selection from practical to sculptural - including porcelain, stoneware & earthenware teapots. Firing methods including reduction, electric, salt & wood. Join us for our Opening Reception Friday, September 9, from 5-8 PM at the Toe River Arts Council's Burnsville Gallery. Located at 102 W Main Street, Burnsville, NC; 828-682-7215; Gallery hours are 10 AM - 5 PM, Monday through Saturday.

Hi World - it's the Improv Girls Of Clay making their debut!