Potter creates extraordinary from the ordinary
Growing up, Carolanne Platt didn't have much money, but always had an appreciation for the finer things in life.
When she first started studying ceramics seven years ago she saw pottery as a way for her to create the nice things she always wished she could have while also making them affordable for others.
"I love how (in pottery you just have) this little ball of clay that you can make into anything you can imagine," Platt said. "You don't have control over a lot of things in life, but when you find your artform and learn to master it, you (gain control)."
In 2016, the Welches resident started her business, Blue Raven Pottery, and last year she started selling her artwork at the Mount Hood Farmers Market, 38600 Proctor Blvd., Sandy, where you can find her wares from 3-7 p.m. every Friday.
"I'd like to provide designer items, but I don't want it to be something people can't afford," Platt noted.
She mostly makes functional household items like spoon rests, hanging planters, soap dishes and the like.
Platt describes the aesthetic of her pottery as a mixture of "texture with clean lines."
"I really like modern design inspired by nature," she explained.
As a Welches resident, Platt said she has plenty of inspiration all around her for nature-based pieces. She also appreciates to keep her business close to home to maintain that "community aspect."
"A lot of ceramics vendors want to go to the fancier markets and chase the more high-end customers," she noted. "I feel like I'd rather invest in the community, (and) the farmers market is a good way to reach out to the community."
That's why Platt is only at the Sandy-based market this year.
In the future Platt aspires to open her own affordable home boutique in Sandy, and to branch out in the wares she offers to other eco-friendly everyday items like reusable bags.
"I want to make items for self care," she said. "It's more so about enriching your personal life. I also just want to make things people will have for the rest of their lives, that become heirlooms and bring more value to their everyday lives."
Besides the Mount Hood Farmers Market, Platt's pottery can also be found online at www.etsy.com/shop/BlueRavenPottery.