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Porcelain by Antoinette

Antoinette Badenhorst is a world-renowned potter and teacher, who reaches students across the globe through her online courses. In a normal year, she travels to teach classes in various countries and holds in-person classes in her studio, though some of that has looked different this past year due to COVID-19. Badenhorst is also a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, a highly prestigious organization that caps its membership at 1,000 artists worldwide. 

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Heritage & Hope: Bessie Johnson’s Folk Art Revival

Rooted in the soil of Bessie Johnson’s backyard is a longleaf pine tree. To see its tawny, rutted bark, you’ll pass two white churches – the kind of unembellished structures that sing of heritage and tradition – in the rural Tibbee Community of West Point, Mississippi. There, she keeps the craft of pine needle basket weaving alive, sharing with her community the art that is her foundation.

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Long Live Handmade: The Power of Paisley Hamilton

Paisley Hamilton is fluent in gratitude. She celebrates the power in it – power from claiming worth and intention over one’s life. Power made vivid by color and earth. At her conscious-goods shop, the Serendipity Hippie, she welcomes the community into her benevolent magic.

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Coastal Artist: Cassandra Godbold

Stained glass is a bit of a dying art. One of the most threatening pieces of the equation is its expense. The labor costs alone is enough to discourage potential customers, which in turn is discouraging to potential artists. So why did Cassandra Godbold pick up this craft, especially in retirement?

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Firing Up Connections: SJ Ceramic Co

Shelby Toole transformed her love affair with making pottery and clay jewelry into her own business, New Albany-based SJ Ceramic Co. 

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