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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Weekly Featured Artist & GIVEAWAY: Dana Morton

This post is very exciting for me, as it is the beginning of a brand new weekly series highlighting the best and the brightest artists, crafters, and designers out there.

New posts will go up each Tuesday. Archives of past features can be found on their own page (see nav bar above).

I am very excited that my first feature is an extremely talented artist from my tiny little hometown of Sonora, CA. Without further ado, it is my pleasure to feature:

Dana Morton of
Earthborne Art
The Basics:

Dana specializes in a line of ceramic art pottery called,"My Grandma's Linens". It all started when she needed favors for her wedding. She went through a box of old linens that her grandmothers had made, and created little dishes by taking impressions of them. They were a huge hit! She now scours flea markets, yard sales etc., in search of old textiles. Dana likes the idea of preserving them in clay while breathing new life into an old art form.

1. What five words best describe you?

Happy, innovative, curious, assertive and friendly.

2. What five words best describe your work?

Textural, colorful, geometrical, nature and whimsical.

3. What was the very first art form you fell in love with, and, do you still do it?

It all started with mud pies and play - do and evolved into ceramics. I will always have clay in my life.

What was your very worst ‘real’ job?

I worked in a candy factory and lasted about 2 weeks. The funny thing is my friends all call me Lucy for some of the adventures I’ve dragged them into. So it was a huge joke when I got the job there and yes I was in the candy - wrapping department. Well you get the picture.

5. Is a
rtwork your full-time life? Or, if not, are you planning to make it that way? If so, what’s your favorite part about being a full-time creative?

I have worked at a variety of jobs. I’m currently counting noses for the Census. I also teach ceramics at Mt. Oak Charter School. I would love to be able to make a living teaching and selling ceramics someday. I love working for myself although it sometimes gets lonely.

6. What do you think is the single most important thing you could tell an artist just starting out?

Be true to yourself and follow your passion. Compliments are nice but criticism creates growth. Listen to your critics.

7. What is your favorite way to distribute your work (craft shows, online, galleries, etc…), and why?

I don’t really have a favorite. Selling online has been fun. I never expected to be shipping my work to all areas around the world.

I've found the best market for my work is gift boutiques and interior decorating shops as opposed to art galleries.

I enjoy getting out to the Farmer’s Markets and shows. I love the social aspect and getting peoples comments and feedback on my work.

What are your five favorite blogs and/or websites?

Well god knows I spend way too much time in the Etsy forums. Other than that I don’t spend a lot of time on my computer. Computers and clay don’t mix. I’d rather be in my studio.

Favorite artist?

I like the impressionists, Renoir, Monet, and Van Gogh. I also admire the work of Georgia O’ Keefe.

10. Guilty pleasure?

When I’m not playing with clay, I’m outside whacking a little white ball around aka golfing. I love getting outside in the fresh air and the enormous challenge of the game.

~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~
Dana has generously offered a beautiful piece of her work to a lucky one of my readers. She is offering a lovely tree pendant imprinted with her signature style. Check it out HERE.
TO ENTER: Go to Dana's Etsy page. Find your very favorite item. After that, come on back and leave a comment below telling us what your favorite item was and why (the 'why' is the part we really look for when deciding on a winner... so be creative!).
You may enter only once. The contest is open until 10pm Pacific time on the Monday following the original feature (so it's open for about six days). Winners will be posted on Tuesday morning, along with the new featured artist's piece. If you have any questions, please contact me, not the artist.
Please note: The winner is chosen by me and the featured artist based on your make 'em good! We make no claims that the selection is random. If you are the winner, you need to check back to claim your prize, as it is not always possible to contact those who leave comments. It is between you and the featured artist to coordinate the getting of your loot. I make no guarantees about time-frame for delivery, value, or condition of the winning item.
~~~ The winner for this giveaway is Lorin D. If that's you, please get in touch! ~~~


SNSpencer said...

I really liked the combination of artistic processes in the candy dish that was hand painted after the impression. Very nice.

Allegro Arts said...

wow! im stunned at the amount of work that goes into your items!

Lorin Dixon said...

It is SO difficult to pick one piece...But I have to go with, because it just sings to me. I want it, I desire it. It may just have to be MINE!But to get down to it, I like the textural aspects and the patterns. I also LOVE the Bluebird on a cherry tree. I really like the prize as well- i make faux bois furniture so it is very appropriate!

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illana Burk said...

Thanks everyone! Entries are now closed.