About Stardust Pottery

Hi!

Welcome to my little corner of the Internet. I'm Cindy Douglass, and I own Stardust Pottery.
If you see some whimsey in my clay work, that's because whimsey was ingrained into me as a child. I grew up just outside of a small village near the ocean. The holy Brahman cows in the pastures drank their water from claw foot bathtubs. I could watch the hopes and dreams of mankind, (as well as my name, Cindy M Douglass), get hurtled out to space from my backyard as I smelled the orange blossoms on the salty ocean breeze. And when my life was difficult and scary, I was assured by a mouse that fairytale dreams do come true. In accordance to my childhood indoctrination, I eventually became happily married. I didn't marry a Prince, but I married an Earl and he is a Prince to my heart! 

I'm a self taught artist and web designer who went to college and received my Computer Graphic Artist degree.

My first adult foray into clay: Pharoah AkhenatenThe picture on the left shows my very first piece of clay sculpture. I’ve wanted to work in clay since the late 1980’s. At that time, I was dared to create something Egyptian looking, so I created a bust of Pharaoh Akhenaten based on a single photo from a book, back before the Internet existed. I used 125 lbs of clay stacked up, and when done, I took him to a place that made a mold of him and cast him in Hydrocal. I was also told that I should learn HOW to sculpt. *wry grin* 

Time passed. I’ve finally started my clay art business located in Drexel, NC.

I had also signed up at Western Piedmont Community College, Morganton, NC to learn the technical skills used to make durable pieces of art in their Professional Clay Crafts program. I was very lucky to be part of that program as the majority of instructors teaching there are well educated, acclaimed artists with years of experience. I've learned quite a bit over the years.

I looked for a cool business name for a long time. It seemed that other potters had taken most of the cool, cute or even radical names that I could dream up with the word “clay”. 

Finally, one day I was reminded that my name, Cindy M Douglass, is literally in stardust, courtesy of JPL and NASA’s Stardust project. I had stumbled on this project during my early web design days. At the time I also lived just 40 minutes away from NASA, so I signed up my name. Percentage wise, very few people in this world can say their name is floating out in the stardust.

When I thought about it, reaching for the stars while transforming humble clay and exploded star debris into something whimsical and useful seemed a poetic truth of my life. So Stardust Pottery is the name I choose for my clay art and pottery business.

I enjoy making creations in clay. I hope you enjoy them as well.

Written Up
May 19, 2015
Dec 29, 2013

Mary Canrobert, “Art studio helps to revitalize Drexel”, Charlotte Observer, 
Catawba Gaston News section, Charlotte, NC, December 29, 2013. 1V.

May 12, 2013  Wendy Johnson, “Bowled Over”, Wendy Knits, (blog), May 12, 2013, 11 am. 
http://wendyknits.net/2013/05/12/bowled-over/
   

 

Clay Education
Instructor Title Date
Molly Lithgo Pottery Techniques: Creating From Extrusions September 2016
Ronan Peterson Design Inspirations and Surface Techniques February 2016
Jon Arsenault High Fire Pottery & Ash Glazes May 2015
Ken Sedberry Wheel-throwing  & Clay Sculpture Techniques February 2014
Liz Zlot Summerfield Craft Marketing / Craft Enterprise August - December 2013
Jenny Mastin Figurative Sculpture Class July 8-31,2013
Andrew Stephenson Pottery Classes @ WPCC 2010 through 2015.
Linda McFarling Wheel Throwing Techniques and Small Business Experiences May 2013
Melissa Cadell Clay Sculpture techniques & decorative techniques November 2012
Stanley Mace Andersen Decorative brush working techniques & Maiolica Glaze history March 2012
Lorna Meaden
& Brice Brisco
Thrown, Altered & Soda July 2011