– Monday, August 26, 2013:
Martha Stewart is looking across the US for the best creative
entrepreneurs who “hand make” products in the areas food, craft,
design, style, gardening, or technology. Carol Bell of
Noblesville, IN has thrown her "cat" into the ring with her
Pet Hair Pottery that uses pet hair (dog, cat, bird, horse,
rabbit, etc.) or even feathers, as the exterior decoration for
pottery & jewelry to celebrate or commemorate pets.
Martha Stewart’s national
AMERICAN MADE program "spotlights the maker, supports the local
and celebrates the handmade". Online voting starts today and the
contest culminates in a signature event this October 2013 in New
York City. Carol was encouraged to participate by her sisters &
customers because of the uniqueness of her pottery that, unlike
traditional pottery that is fired with a "glazed finish", her
pottery uses a pet’s hair, fur or feathers that are "burned" on to
the pottery exterior for a one-of-a-kind effect.
Pet Hair Pottery started while
Carol was making Horse Hair pottery for a local equine assisted
therapeutic riding center for disabled children. Horse, cat, dog,
even bird owners called asking if she could make custom pieces
with hair they kept from their deceased pets. Soon she was taking
calls & orders from pet owners across the country wanting
keepsakes of living and passed pets for their family or friends.
Pet owners begin the process by
collecting pet hair & mailing it to her. Then in her studio she
hand fires each piece to over 1,000+ degrees in her kiln, quickly
removes it from the heat, & gently applies the pet’s hair on to
the piece. The hair immediately burns leaving deposits of carbon &
smoke in the clay, creating a dramatic, one-of-a-kind keepsake &
unique piece of art.
In 2012 last year Martha
Stewart’s AMERICAN MADE program & community honored 11 Makers for
their creativity, craftsmanship, and entrepreneurial spirit.
People can learn more about the program & vote for 2013 Nominees
www.marthastewart.com/americanmade Martha Stewart and Martha
Stewart Living magazine are part of Martha Stewart Living
Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE:MSO).
Carol Bell is a pottery artist
whose designs have won several local awards. She is member of the
Indiana Artisan program (www.IndianaArtisan.org).
Her work is displayed at retail locations in Noblesville,
Zionsville, Indianapolis, Muncie & Nashville, IN. Her Pet
Pottery has been featured on television & radio stations, print &
online media (www.pethairpottery.com/media.html).
Carol will be displaying all her pottery designs as Blue
Moon Pottery again at this year’s Penrod Arts Fair (www.penrod.org)
on Sat. Sept. 7, 2013 and also at the Carmel International Arts
on Sat. & Sun. Sept. 28-29, 2013. Carol is available for
television & radio segments and telephone interviews, plus is
flexible and open to media requests.