Who or What is MsElaineous Pottery?
Elaine Klapproth is Ms. Elaine. I love making pottery - not just one type of pot over and over, not just one color. I enjoy variety, miscellaneous shapes, colors and challenges.....hence MsElaineous Pottery!
I love glazes. Greatly anticipated results from chemical reactions in the kiln....the minerals, oxidation and reduction all play a part, guided by the artist, but not completely controlled.
My first exposure to clay was as a child exploring deposits in the creeks of the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Earning a BS in Chemistry from Purdue University, I pursued my interest in the science of chemical reactions.
Years later as a resident of Hampstead, NC I rekindled my interest in ceramic arts. Chemical reactions play a huge part in my creative endeavors in clay.
My influences are as varied as my life's experiences and travels. Forms, colors and shapes - giant California Redwoods, Tlingit ceremonial masks, rain forests, fjords, beaches and Galapagos wildlife. All have had an impact on me and my art.
Coastal Carolina Clay Guild