published Friday, March 25th, 2011

Pottery combines function with aesthetic appeal

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Anderson Bailey carves down a pot for a single flower as he works on his ceramics in his studio. Bailey, who works in a studio attached to Velo Coffee, mostly sells his wares at trade shows.
Staff Photo by Jake Daniels/Chattanooga Times Free Press
Anderson Bailey carves down a pot for a single flower as he works on his ceramics in his studio. Bailey, who works in a studio attached to Velo Coffee, mostly sells his wares at trade shows. Staff Photo by Jake Daniels/Chattanooga Times Free Press

• What: Functional porcelain pottery

• Artist: Anderson Bailey

• Address: 509 E. Main St.

• Website: www.theandersonbailey.com

• Telephone: 615-714-2358

• What’s special: Anderson Bailey said his pottery pieces are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. “I love using beautiful things in my life,” he said. “Using a handmade object, something you like the way it looks, can enhance a daily ritual.”

• The origin story: Bailey became interested in pottery as a high school student in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He studied pottery in college and, after graduation, moved to Portland, Ore., where he worked for a potter and glass artists. Bailey relocated to Chattanooga last January, a move funded in part by a CreateHere ArtsMove grant and by selling his car.

• How long does it take to make: 30-60 minutes of hands-on time for smaller pieces to several hours for larger pieces, including throwing on the potter’s wheel, loading and firing in a kiln, glazing and refiring.

• Where it’s sold: Bailey has pieces available at his studio and also accepts commissions.

• What it costs: $12 (salt bowl) to $300 (a large centerpiece flower vase).

• Future expansions planned: Bailey said he would like to diversify his pieces and eventually hopes to move into a larger studio. In the short term, he said he aims to expand his online presence and reach out to local galleries.

• Lessons of the trade: “As an independent artist, I realize it’s better if I set myself a 9-to-5 schedule, so I can’t be distracted,” Bailey said. “It’s so easy to get distracted since no one is looking over my shoulder. I didn’t realize how much all the little things add up to in the studio. That’s been a valuable lesson, to learn not to take all that stuff for granted. I feel like every day is some kind of subtle discovery.”

about Casey Phillips...

Casey Phillips has worked as a features reporter in the Life department since May 2007. He writes about entertainment, young adults, technology and people of interest. Casey hails from Knoxville and earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a bachelor of arts in German. He previously worked as the features editor for Sidelines at Middle Tennessee State University. Casey received the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists Award of Excellence for Reviewing/Criticism in ...

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