Patti Connor Greene

What fuels creative work? My sparks come from the wild: wild meaning nature; wild meaning unplanned, uncontrolled, unconscious.

I worked mostly with stoneware clay until 2009, when I shifted to porcelain. It was only in retrospect that I realized that it was Avery County’s ice, snow, and rivers that pulled me to the luminosity of porcelain and a palette of glazes referencing the quality of light in these mountains.

My “Dreamscape” series evolved from a six-week camping trip to the Yukon and Alaska in 2013: recurring images of a tiny house in the midst of immense, untamed nature. So after 40 years of making vases, bowls, and mugs on a kickwheel, I began handbuilding porcelain sculptural pieces of a tiny cabin in the wild, pressing small bits of porcelain together face-down so I could smooth the back and join the pieces together. The completed scene is always a surprise, revealed when I turn the piece over the next morning, so I call the series “Dreamscapes.”

What pulls me into my studio every morning: surprises and challenges. I spray, spritz, and layer glazes, experimenting so that every piece is different and every kiln opening is full of surprises. And challenges: that’s where teapots come in, the challenge of making a complex form that works well, aesthetically and functionally.

I am deeply grateful for this wild and glorious ride of life, love, and clay, and for dear friends and family who nurture and share creative sparks along the way.

Racism is Trauma

Crossnore School & Children’s Home exists to be a sanctuary for children and their families and racism destroys sanctuary. Racism is trauma and is part of systemic community trauma that has long term negative impacts on people and communities of color. Crossnore believes that black lives matter, and we are committed to building an anti-racist organization and supporting the development of racial equity in our communities. 

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