PLACIDA — When Port Charlotte resident Pamela Cox was going to college for graphic design, she fell in love with pottery and has never looked back.
“(Pottery) is like a dance,” Cox said. “It becomes rhythmic and you lose yourself in it. It’s calming and relaxing.”
A potter for 15 years, Cox said she likes clay pottery because of how it responds to the touch.
“Clay is very moldable and pliable,” she said. “It is limitless and the possibilities are endless.”
Cox makes a variety of bowls and accessories in different shapes and sizes priced from $9.50 to $50.
“Clay is open and inviting like a canvas,” she said. “You can paint with glazes that come in many colors. You can (also) mix them and come up with your own colors.”
Cox said it usually takes six to eight weeks to complete a piece from conception through numerous kiln firings.
“Kiln firing is like Christmas — you never know what you’re going to get,” she said.
Cox didn’t pick up pottery right away.
“It was difficult at first, but you can learn in time with your hands,” she said. “When you’re first learning, the wheel can be hard. You have to first master centering. You have to practice on it until you get the hang of it.”
She’s been teaching pottery courses at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County for 10 years.
Sharon MacLaren is director of The Learning Place at the Cultural Center.
“Pam is really committed to her pottery and is always willing to participate … whenever we have special events to help promote the cultural center,” MacLaren said. “She does very fine pottery and she also teaches in our computer area.”
Cox said she found out in February 2012 about the Placida Arts and Crafts Market after giving a Photoshop workshop in Boca Grande.
“It’s free and you don’t see (that) very often,” she said. “Artists are getting to sell their own work. You make friends and they’re a fairly good group.”
Cox said artists can afford to take more risks and become more creative with the free nature of the market.
“I hear a lot of people say there’s a lot of different things out here — experimental items,” she said. “There is lots of diversity (in the market) whereas paid events tend to be more bottom-line driven so they’ll bring their regular sellers. Free events promote creativity.”
To find out more about Cox’s work, go to kilngoddess.com .
The Placida Saturday Arts and Crafts Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and almost every other Saturday through April on the grounds of the Fishery restaurant, 13000 Fishery Road, Placida. Parking and admission are free, and artists can display their work there for free. For market information, call 941-697-2451.