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Potter makes imperfect pieces
Kris London crafts pottery in her Cornelia studio
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Kris London uses her diving adventures as inspiration for her pottery. She has crafted a fish in her studio in Cornelia. She has been making pottery for 11 years. - photo by AMANDA HEAD

A clay fish with bulging eyes and a funnel-like mouth is one of Kris London’s favorite pieces to mold and it was first created by accident.

“I was learning how to do pottery and I had made a little vase and worked it too long,” London said. “Its neck kind of sucked in and I looked at it and thought it looked like a fish.”

So the vase became a fish and the woman became a potter. That was 11 years ago.

Not knowing much about pottery, London recalls going to Dirt Bag Pottery store and purchasing a birthday gift for a friend.

“The person (who) worked there started telling me about classes and I thought, ‘Well I’ve always been kind of artsy,’” she said.

London started taking classes “on a whim.”

“At that time I didn’t even own a piece of pottery,” she said.

Now the woman who drew when she was younger has evolved into a potter with her own studio in Cornelia. She sells her art through a few websites including krislondonpottery.com, Etsy.com and genuinegeorgia.com. Her work will also be on display and available for purchase at the North Georgia Folk Potters festival June 20 in Homer.

London’s pottery instructor, Claudia George, said she is pleased with the artist London has become.

“Kris is one of my most advanced and creative students and she has really taken it to another whole level,” George said.

Even though George taught the basics, she enjoys seeing her students go in their own direction with the pottery wheel.

“She pays attention to the way she finished pieces,” the pottery instructor said. “She gets a very natural and organic look.”

Not drawing much anymore, London said working with clay is an easier medium for her to express her creativity.

“Rather than drawing and erasing, you just keep moving the clay until you get it the way you want it to look,” she said.

London draws inspiration from her diving trips. Many of her pottery pieces resemble what she sees in the waters she ventures into the deep blue sea.

And she sells just about everything she makes with one exception.

“I don’t like to sell things that have a flaw in it,” she said.

Just because the artwork is flawless does not mean it is perfect and symmetrical.

“I like to makes things not really perfect,” she said. “I like to alter it because to me the most interesting (thing) in nature is something that is not perfect.”

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