As the wheel turns, Schmid makes it fun |

As the wheel turns, Schmid makes it fun

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Catherine Lee Schmid of the Blue River Pottery Studio/Gallery in Frisco, makes contemporary pottery, custom tiles, mosaics and multimedia sculptures.She says she is living her dream, with her husband, Smitty, son Drake and daughter Coral Ann, she designed and built the gallery on Main Street five years ago. Three years ago, the business expanded and the family built a modern clay studio behind the gallery. “Our next goal is to get involved with Public Art Projects in Denver,” Schmid said.Dreams:I am living my dream. My husband Smitty, son Drake and daughter Coral Ann helped design and build our gallery five years ago. Three years ago we expanded and built a modern clay studio behind the Main Street gallery. Our next goal is to get involved with Public Art Projects in Denver.

Why do art? I like to create fun, functional pottery that makes people react and feel happy. Pushing words into the clay with bright color glazes on freeform hand-built clay shapes seems to be my developing style. Each piece is unique, which keeps the process fun and pushes me to experiment constantly.What do you convey through art? Nothing too serious. I think contemporary art and pottery should be fun and functional. My goal is to surprise people with the bright colors and crazy shapes.Challenge:

I did art shows and sold through other galleries for many years. Finding a Main Street location in Frisco to build our gallery with a contemporary style was a lot of work and still is challenging. After five years artists are finding us, and we have a solid group of repeat customers. You have to love what you do and work your business. Balancing studio time and running the gallery is very challenging.Accomplishment:That I just keep creating what I like, and people respond positively. We have developed a very unique style throughout many years. We are thrilled when other clay artists want to be part of our gallery. I used to go to shows to find artists, and now they find us.Staying fresh: When we are very busy, I seem to create the most. We like to keep a large variety of our work in the gallery so it has impact.

When you’re not making art? Spend time with my family and pets at our home on the Blue River.Personality: Extrovert Hours per week dedicated to art: 60Favorite artist/mentor: Janette Lamont, an amazing potter and my husband Smitty, an artist and inventorSensitivity: 9

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