Dee Green of Studio by the Creek is our Vendor of the Week. She has been a significant contributor both as a vendor and as vice president on our board.
Dee played with clay as a child. “I would sneak into the granary to put grain into my mud pies or press sliced apples into the mud. One day the chickens got into the playhouse and ate them. This was at my Grandma’s. I went in to the house distressed and crying, ‘Grandma the chickens are eating my mud pies.’ Grandma had tears of laugher rolling down her cheeks to see my disposition.”
Dee was an artist through high school, she won awards and contests. She says she always could draw things. Then she got married and had children, went to work and didn’t do much art.
She tells me she was blessed to be able to retire at a young age. She started doing art again and began with portraits. “I went to a class on using the wheel to make pottery, it was a one-time class, by the next week I had a wheel and a kiln.”
This is Dee, she doesn’t mess around. When I asked how she developed her skills, she tells me, “You can find anything on the Internet, I took classes on YouTube like, “How to make a bowl.”
She laughed when I asked how she chose to join the market. “I decided to come to the market because my children didn’t want my pottery anymore, so I had to do something. The first day I was here I absolutely loved it and I still do.
“Val Jackson, board president and owner/vendor of Whimsical Woods, said to me one day at the market, ‘I want you to think about something and get back to me after you have decided, would you like to be a board member?’ ‘Yes,’ I said immediately, ‘Was that too long to think about it? I have to keep busy.’”
The future vision for Studio by the Creek is to go bigger. “I want to make big huge planter things. I am up to 4 pounds of clay centered on the wheel. Each time you add another pound you have to get stronger. On the Internet I learned how to make 3-foot tall pots. I just started making garden art, faces with leaves, they will be coming in a few weeks. I want to do more faces. They are called “green men.”
“The market is always a fun place to be. The funny thing is that I don’t stay in my tent. I love the vendors at this market and you, (Lisa Bridge) of course, it is like a family. I like the family atmosphere among the vendors, all the vendors are talking to each other. I enjoy taking photos of the vendors and helping them succeed through Facebook.
“I just like what I do,” she says. “I learned all about the orchid pots, berry bowls, butter bells, garlic keepers, counter top composters, red glazes, all on the Internet. It is always evolving at Studio by the Creek.”
Buck Ellard will be performing from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 7 and on Sept. 14 it’s Acoustic Couti.