Mountain Home Floral Company
22 E. 7th St.
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Directions: This studio/business is located inside Mountain Home Floral Company on the southeast corner of the Mountain Home Square, next door to Nature’s Way Health Foods.
Liz Gamelin is an inspiration to any person wanting to pursue a future in art. At 50 years old, Gamelin decided to become a potter; something she has wanted to be one since she was a little girl. “Starting at 50 showed me that you are never too old to learn something new and be good at it,” she says.
While learning the necessary skills to become a successful potter, Gamelin found a tutor and partner in Deborah Mitchell, a ceramic artist based in Yellville. “I studied under her careful tutelage for three years, and we continue learning together and are now partners on a collaborative project,” she says. In 2010, she attended the J.C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. While there she learned there is always something new to pick up in pottery making, and she shared and received knowledge with fellow potters.
Many of Gamelin’s pieces are inspired by nature, and many “reflect what you might see on a forest floor.” For example, she says that she loves to put leaves and vines at the edges of her bowls. The clay itself inspires Gamelin as much as anything else inspires her. She feels that each piece of clay has its own voice, and she is always excited to work it into something unique and beautiful. “My idea and the clay’s inclination merge into something even better than the original intent,” she says.
Liz has begun to explore the field of fused glass, which is the art of piecing glass together and firing it in a kiln to make one- of- a- kind pendants and functional glassware. Liz says, “it’s like firing glaze without the clay underneath. The colors are amazing.”
Gamelin’s pottery is on display at Mountain Home Floral Company