EDGEFIELD — Pottery and puppies might seem like a strange combination, but the people who visited PKPottery got the opportunity to enjoy both on Saturday and Sunday.
PKPottery, owned by Pam Kadlec, was one of the stops on the Heritage Trail Pottery Tour and Sale. Kadlec breeds and trains Boykin Spaniels at her Just Ducky Kennel, and much of her pottery has a canine theme.
“It gives me a creative outlet, and it relaxes me,” said Kadlec, who had numerous plates and jugs that were decorated with Boykin Spaniels for sale.
Kadlec's work on display also included a puppy bank with floppy ears and big brown eyes.
“Because I'm a dog trainer and a dog breeder, I wanted to do something different, so I made a puppy bank instead of a piggy bank,” she said.
For visitors who were more interested in seeing live dogs than pottery, Kadlec had eight rambunctious Boykin Spaniel puppies in pens that they could play with and pat.
“A few people have come by with kids, and they wanted to know where the puppies were,” said Kadlec, who posted on PKPottery's Facebook page that the young dogs would be available to interact with pottery shoppers and their families.
Joining Kadlec at PKPottery for the tour and sale were Wilma Becker of Aiken, Michelle Clark of Johnston and two other clay artists.
Becker's mugs, bowls, platters and jugs had crows, rabbits and lots of different patterns on them.
“One of my friends calls my work contemporary and earthy,” said Becker, who is a retired high school art teacher. “I like nature, and I like things that have texture.”
Clark is a dog groomer who owns Clark's Cuts & Kennels. As a potter, she concentrates on creating holders for recipe cards, bowls and other utilitarian items.
“I love making stuff with elements of the earth that will be here long after I'm gone and will still be used,” Clark said.
More than 20 potters participated in the Heritage Trail Pottery Tour and Sale, which was held at various sites in Edgefield and Greenwood counties. There were pit-firing and wheel-throwing demonstrations, as well as kiln openings.
“I think it has really gone well,” said Beth Thornton of Turtle Rock Pottery on Sunday afternoon. “We had a very steady crowd on Saturday; There were always a lot of people around. It's been slower today, but we are thrilled with the sunny, warm weather. Last year, it was so rainy and cold.”
Thornton and five other potters exhibited their work in a large barn at Turtle Rock. Lori Terry of North Augusta stopped by there to shop.
“My friend, Donna Hallman, is one of the potters here,” Terry said. “I wanted to see her work and all the other people's work. I'm an artist at heart, and I love pottery. I love the uniqueness of each piece.”
Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C., she is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
STAFF PHOTO BY DEDE BILES Wilma Becker, of Aiken, talks about some of the work she has on display at Pam Kadlecís PKPottery in Edgefield County during the Heritage Trail Pottery Tour and Sale on Saturday and Sunday.×
STAFF PHOTO BY DEDE BILES Lori Terry, of North Augusta, shops at Turtle Rock Pottery in Edgefield on Sunday during the Heritage Trail Pottery Tour and Sale.×
STAFF PHOTO BY DEDE BILES Alice Rambo, of Greenwood, looks at the pottery being exhibited on Sunday at Turtle Rock Pottery in Edgefield during the Heritage Trail Pottery Tour and Sale.×
STAFF PHOTO BY DEDE BILES Pam Kadlec, of PKPottery in Edgefield County, likes to use canine themes in her work. These pieces of hers were on display during the Heritage Trail Pottery Tour and Sale on Saturday and Sunday.×
STAFF PHOTO BY DEDE BILES Piggy banks were among the pieces offered for sale at Turtle Rock Pottery in Edgefield during the Heritage Trail Pottery Tour and Sale on Saturday and Sunday.×
STAFF PHOTO BY DEDE BILES Pam Kadlec has puppies and pottery at her PKPottery in Edgefield County during the Heritage Trail Pottery Tour and Sale on Saturday and Sunday.×