March 2019 - Gayle Havercroft

Gayle Havercroft

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I am a lifelong resident of Spokane. As I think back over my life, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in art. The first endeavor into art in my childhood memory is of doing a drawing of a stagecoach when I was probably around four years old. In my mind’s eye it was a masterpiece. Seeing it years later showed that it not very good.

As a child, I looked up to an uncle who was a good artist and oil painter, and I wanted to emulate him and be an artist. Art and music were always my favorite subjects in school. Going into high school I had to make the choice between the two and I chose to follow music (although I did take 2 years of architectural drafting to help fill my art fix).

I had the opportunity to go back into art in my early 30’s by going to SFCC in their fine arts program. Working, building a house, raising a growing family, raising livestock and just life in general, kept me from having time to get real serious with doing my art. So it has just been the last couple of years that I have chosen to be serious about it again.

Why I do realistic style of art:

The last name for my family is old English that means “small oat farm”. Though I’m the first generation not to truly grow up on the farm, there was enough of the rural roots left in my family that a rural lifestyle was something that I longed for. I’m not an overly sophisticated person, so I look at life through the eyes of what is solid, real and before me, so my art is a reflection of what I can see, touch and experience. Much of my art has rural, scenic and outdoor images. Weathered buildings particularly fascinate me with showing mankind’s struggles with time, the elements and age. The endless cycle of building up and falling down. Buildings also point back to my interest in architecture, and working in the facility maintenance field for the last 30 years.

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February 2019 - Betsy Pozzanghera & Mike DeCesare

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B. Pozzitive

My name is Betsy Pozzanghera, (and I am Pozzitive). I have been involved in creative endeavors such as ceramics, sewing, cooking, copper enameling, candle-making, since childhood.

Three (3) Christmases ago my mother-in-law gave me the gift of an online course of my choice. I chose “Making Leather Bags” ---- the rest, as they say, is history.

After making my first leather bag I wondered if I could make a bag from my old pair of leather boots…yes. Then a jacket I bought at the thrift store, then … then … then…

My process involves the deconstruction of used leather jackets, skirts, boots, etc. Together with used leather belts, horse reins, gifted hair-on hide, and new leather I create one-of-a-kind bags and purses - giving them new and different useful lives.

Most of the leather pieces have natural wear, raw edges, holes, and markings. This contributes to their story.

Each piece I create is unique.

Custom orders from an idea, a beloved jacket, or “Dad’s old boots” are very welcomed.

My hope is that the bag you choose will lift your life.


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Mike DeCesare

Artist Statement

Photography is my first language, expressed in images that draw the viewer inside a scene to see, feel, interact with, and add their personal interpretation of a place or a time when light, color and form, combined to create a unique and memorable human experience.

Mike DeCesare Bio

Mike uses an academic foundation of technical expertise from his formal training at the New York Institute of Photography, along with a deep and abiding love and respect for the outdoors, to create images that interpret and respect, nature's grand and beautiful elegance, or serve as a time portal to a place where people once lived and loved, and left their mark behind.

Every image is photographed and then hand crafted solely by Mike DeCesare to render a final work that interprets the natural world and the bond between nature and people.

Mike has been invited to exhibit at prestigious art shows, including: Spokane's Artfest, Coeur 'd Alene's Art on the Green, Salt Lake City's Urban Arts Festival, and the Beverly Hills art show.

Mike's work has been featured in Hidden Treasure Art magazine - the editor called his work "Absolutely breathtaking." Mike has been a featured artist on the influential Artsy Shark website, included in Volume XII of International Contemporary Artists, and his portraits were featured internationally by Agefotostock, one of the top international photo agencies.

Photography by Mike DeCesare has received awards from the Las Vegas Red Room Art Gallery, Light, Space & Time Nature Art Competition and the international Centre of the Picture Industry.

Mike's images appear on handcrafted Maple bookmarks and other environmentally sourced wood products made by Mitercraft and his friends Julie and Ron Flint.

Mike lives in Spokane, Washington, but travels and photographs around the country and internationally.

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January 2019 - Juaquetta Holcomb

Juaquetta Holcomb 

Juaquetta Holcomb has been teaching knitting and fiber related arts her entire life with a Home Economics degree from Iowa State providing a good foundation.  She learned to hand spin yarn in the early 1990’s. A typical day finds her at home in Spokane valley, washing locally grown wool, and then immersing it into roasters of colorful dyes, then hand spinning it on her Louet spinning wheel.  Her minimal processing helps preserve the original beauty of the fiber and keeps the colors distinct.   Her yarns can be found at Spokane, Coeurd’alene art festivals, Kootenai county farmers market and on her website and ETSY shop.


“The fiber I use is from locally grown sheep, alpaca and angora goats. I wash, dye, and spin these fibers into one of kind rustic yarns. Seeing the true colors of the fleece come out as I wash the wool, playing with colors in the dyeing process, feeling the texture as I spin these fibers into primitive yarns; every step of the yarn creation is an adventure.  Inspiration comes to me from life.  Every color has a story.  My workshop looks out over the north Idaho mountains and as I spin I watch the sky show over the mountains. From sunrise to sunset, cloudy and clear skies the view is always amazing.    Especially exciting, is to see what you have created with my yarns.  ENJOY!”


October 2018 - Toni Spencer

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Batik is a distintive form of art unlike any other. The process begins with a design sketched on fabric - Toni uses silk. She must visualize the finished pieces from a negative image, because light and dark areas are reversed. Melted wax is applied to the fabric, then the fabric is dipped in dye, allowing the waxed areas to "resist" the dyes. The fabric is then allowed to dry before repeating the process again for each color in the design.

The crackle that appears in most batiks is caused when the wax cracks and allows the dye to penetrate to the fabric. After the final color is applied the wax is removed by ironing and dry cleaning.


“Art has always been a big part of my life and I have tried my hand at many art forms including watercolor, applique, silk screening and oil painting. In 1981 while living in Kodiak, Alaska I took a Batik class at the Community College and became a bit obsessed with the mysteries of Batik. I moved to the Northwest from Kodiak in 1988 and settled in Northern Idaho in 2001. My inspiration comes from everyday subjects that capture my eye and heart including musical instruments, children, trees, and local scenery.”

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December 2018 - Joe Simonsen

Joe Simonsen I started woodworking as a young boy helping my father with some of the projects that he was doing. I went on to working in a cabinet shop building cabinets and counter tops. Although I have worked in several different fields and held different positions throughout my work history, woodworking has always been my passion. Since my retirement a little over a year ago I started having a lot more fun doing what I love to do. Give me a block of wood and I’ll make something out of it.

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November 2018 - Kay West

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I’m old. The bad thing about this is that I’m slowing down—maybe that’s not such a bad thing. The GOOD thing is that over my lifetime I’ve played with a lot of different art mediums, different styles, different color palettes, in many different places; enjoyed pushing the art envelope in college, taken a lot of different workshops since then, dinked around on my own, making a lot of mistakes and stumbling across incredible art serendipity. My leanings are eclectic, and I like it that way.

Photography: I don't have sophisticated, cutting edge digital equipment. And I don't pretend to have and use other than rudimentary understanding of aperture and f-stops. I seldom use flash. All of the photographs in this display have been taken with a smart phone camera. Any editing was done with the iPhone tools.

There's something about isolating a scene, person or object that will change in some way the instant after I snap the photograph that makes my spine tingle—in a good way. Rust and deterioration are chronicling passing time. I like that I’m recording this natural process.

Jewelry: Well, remember what I said about being eclectic? Along with recording the passage of time, I also enjoy texture and texturing metal and making wearable art from metal I’ve hand-textured. I also incorporate the colors and textures of natural stones; they too have been formed over time.

Thank goodness my curiosity is as strong and insatiable today as it was decades ago!

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September 2018 - Sam Bates

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I enjoy the challenge of creating completely original designs within the rigorous discipline of stone and glass carving. The natural beauty of NE Washington has been a life-long inspiration, since I was lucky enough to grow up here.
Capturing a fleeting moment of natural beauty in this enduring medium can change our perception of time.
Exploring the parallels between natural form and abstract design is a vital part part of my artwork.

I grew up in my parents family art business, spending time in my Dad�s studio (and at our friends studios) saturated me in the �creative process� starting with my earliest memories, which led to my own almost incidental first professional art commissions when I was 18. I have been making art, from small palm-sized carvings to multi-ton monuments ever since, 17 years now!
Since last year I have been enjoying reconnecting with the Spokane area through small intimate shows.

I use hand-held diamond and garnet edged abrasive lapidary tools to create intaglio and bas-relief carvings in crystal-grade glass and unusually fine-grained stone which I prospect and hand-select all over North America.

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August 2018 - Jerry White

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"I began doing wood burning after retiring from a teaching career in 2006.   I have done some wood carving in earlier years, but find satisfaction in pyrography because of the distinct tracery in many of my designs.  

Some designs and all embellishments and shading are inspired by me, but many of the basic designs from copyright free sources.  Most of the colors are acrylic paints, but a few are from colored pencils or enamel paint. Except for a few commercial frames, I have constructed them out of cedar, black walnut or pine.

My dream, should my hand hold steady and my sight not fail, is to do some work that represents the Spokane area and to expand more in the direction of oriental design.  I would also like to help others learn the techniques in pyrography."
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July 2018 - Amy Charbonneau

Amy Charbonneau

This show is a sample of my love for flowers and terrible knack for actually growing them! The vibrant colors of nature inspire me in many ways and stir emotions and memories of days gone by along with hope for the future. Here you will see a few of my acrylic paintings featuring florals as well as a selection of my metal flowers created from reclaimed metal and found objects.

“Treasure Hunting” will never grow old and I enjoy the creative liberty and satisfaction of using something others would throw away to create something that will bring a smile for years to come.

May your interiors and exteriors put a smile on your face and delight in your heart.


Wonder, nature, color, shapes and textures have captivated my mind for as long as I can remember. Making something that brings a smile to a person’s face or warms their heart is why I do what I do. Through life we grow and change, but along the way we have opportunities to impact people and make their day better.

As an artist, I love painting and creating flowers for the beauty they add to life. Self-taught, my experience with art has been inspired by seeing what others do, by observing nature, and by blasting music and singing my heart out. My preferred medium, for painting, has been acrylic paints and textures. Watercolors have been something I dabble with, however, my hand returns, time and time again to the fun and simplicity of acrylics. Texture pastes offer a fun way to add interest. Those subtle layers that draw you in, yet are hard to express…kind of like people! The hidden beauty in others captivates me and I attempt to incorporate that into my paintings.

I look forward to sharing a bit of me with you, and hope to have the opportunity to bring warmth to your heart.

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June 2018 - Anne Blakemore & Liz Montgomery

Anne Blakemore

Handcrafted jewelry, designed to diffuse essential oils. Unique, in that the whole piece is a personal diffuser. Everything from the leather used to string the components to the components themselves. Hand drilled matte gems stones, sea urchin spines, rudraksha seeds, sea shells, artisan clays/leather backed pendants, and so much more. All holding and diffusing oil at varying rates. I do a great amount of research on porosity to find the most unique and beautiful element to adorn each piece. I truly consider each piece of jewelry investment in one's emotional and physical wellbeing.

About a year ago, in an effort to address many health issues, we switch to chemical free and organic products. Eureka! I discovered essential oils. They change our whole world. In search of a way to express, share and benefit from my oils, exponentially. I bought several different necklaces. I was so disappointed. The barley held oil for even a couple of hours. I couldn't adjust the length for the aroma. They were all so generic. Silver chain with a pendant including some cheap felt or even worse, wax covered lava stone. So….I decided to make my own, uniquely expressing me!

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I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,


spent most of my adult life in Barrington,

IL and finally settled down in Southeast,

Florida. I have been retired for many

years now and live on a small island in

the Florida Keys. I was surrounded by so

much natural beauty that I turned to


photography in order to capture some of

it. A substantial part of my family is located

in the Spokane area and as such I vacation

here for four months of the year. I became

attracted to some of the unique photo-

graphic opportunities found only in the

Inland Northwest.

My work has been published in several

newspapers. My photograph was on book

cover. I have held several solo exhibits at the

Marathon, FL Theater. An image of mine

has been on the 2015-2016 brochure for the

Theater. The Shady Palm Art Gallery in

Marathon, Fl is where I have my work.


My Mission: To reveal God's beauty through

my lens for all to enjoy.

I am currently working

in the photo canvas medium. Landscapes

flowers and landmarks dominate my canvases

presently. I also have a sub-specialty in photo

note cards.

email -

website -

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May 2018 - Connie Sustman and Shirley Johnson

Shirley Johnson

For over 35 years Shirley has created high fired hand thrown porcelain pottery with glazes made from ash that fell on Spokane when Mount Saint Helens blew on May 18th, 1980. "The ash that fell in Spokane", she says, "was perfect ~ in CDA it was too fine and in the Tri-Cities it was too coarse". Shirley's pottery has proven to be a popular gift item for visitors wanting Spokane souvenirs and for residents wanting to send a piece of home to friends and family.
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Connie Sustman

I taught myself to draw as a teenager. I abandoned art to raise my family returning to it in my early 50's. Now I'm an old lady who loves art and loves exploring different mediums.

April 2018 - Katie Frey

Katie Frey has painted and studied art all over the world, including Australia and South America. She graduated from Walla Walla College in 2007 and has been teaching and creating art in Spokane ever since. Her areas of focus are acrylic painting and mixed media texture art. These paintings range from realistic to abstract, and most paintings include some form of collage, found objects, or texture medium to emphasize depth and create layers of interest. For her, inspiration and texture are synonymous. Inspiration might be on the inside of a coffee sleeve, in the layers of peeling graffiti beneath a Spokane bridge, or found in the erosion lines of a rock.

It’s all about Texture

Katie Frey creates mixed media paintings that stretch from realistic to abstract.

Her abstract work is usually done in acrylic and often with mixed media materials such as found paper, metal foils, and texture mediums. These paintings often take on a geologic or strata inspired appearance.

Katie also loves painting trees and landscapes. Many of her landscapes are done with a palette knife to create bold strokes in an impressionistic style, while others include textures such as sand, sea glass, broken shells, and found objects.

Her third love is whimsical paintings of animals. Whether they live in the forest or in your living room, her cats, bears, and bunnies have a charming storybook quality.

Katie Frey also teaches classes and workshops all over Spokane. You can find her classes through Act2 and the Corbin Art Center, as well as on her blog:

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March 2018 - Tom Miller

“Purveyor of Piscatorial Pursuits”

While growing up in Spokane, I was fortunate enough to be subjected to all the beauty of our lakes and streams and the beautiful fish they provided. After my education experiences I moved to Alaska and spent a number of years pursuing a passion that was becoming addictive. “Fishing”

After my forever memorable Alaska experience I ended up back in the Northwest again. This time in the Gig Harbor, WA area where I experienced many different fishing opportunities in the 18 years I lived there raising 7 children with my wife Annie.

In 1997 I had that urge to move back to my roots. We built a retirement log home on the Priest River.

After retiring almost 20 years ago now (yes, I retired early) I took up a hobby that would enhance my passion for flyfishing. This hobby included paper and watercolors. I could now catch a fish and then capture its beauty and its surroundings using a medium that is very familiar and essential to the subjects that I paint – water.

The ammunition I use to catch the trout can be found in many of my framed paintings. I tie all my own flies and enjoy that aspect of my hobby as much as the painting. Every once in a while I find myself painting that setting that I enjoyed as well.

Hopefully you will see one of your outdoor experiences in one of my paintings.

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October 2017 - Alice Nelson



Alice has been creating art from nature for as long as she can remember. Pine Needle Basketry became her main medium around 1980, but she also enjoys creating from wheat, gourds and corn husks. Alice was a member of Pottery Place Plus for many years and is excited to return as the guest artist.

Alice says she will spend some afternoons at the shop working on her baskets and is looking forward to seeing many old and new friends!

April 2017- Toni Spencer


“It’s All About Color”

Batiks 2017

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Toni Spencer has been showing her batiks as Guest Artist at PPP for many years.  A resident of the Northwest since1979 and of Idaho since 2001, she has taken part in art shows from Alaska to California for more than 30 years.   All her batiks start with original drawings often inspired by the shapes and colors of nature.  They may start there but sometimes they take on a life of their own and turn out very different than originally planned.  The batiks are created with either silk Broadcloth or a silk Jacquard.  A wax mixture is used as a resist and vats of dye are used to apply the color,  working from the lightest color to the darkest. The distinctive crackle found in batiks is created when the wax cracks and allows the dye to penetrate to the fabric. Some of the crackle happens on it’s own and some are manipulated to add to the design.

Come and meet Toni and some of our member artists at our First Friday reception on Friday, April 7th, 2017.  5-9 p.m.   Fabulous chocolate chip cookies and other goodies will be provided.

December 2016 - Spokane Jeweler's Guild


Jeweler's Guild3The shop is honored to host the Guild again this December. The group is made up of Spokane's premier artisan jewelers working in a wide variety of materials, styles and techniques.

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First Friday Reception

December 2nd 5pm 9pm.


Along with our regular jewelers, Fired Elements, Maille and More Chainworks, Coppermoon Studio, Four Winds Creations and Rainy Summer Designs the addition of the Guild makes The Pottery Place Plus the go-to destination for all your fine jewelry purchases this holiday season.


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November 2016 - John Blessent & Hannah Charlton


The Guest Artist Show at the Pottery Place Plus Artisan’s cooperative for the month of November  are:

John Blessent


Hannah Charlton

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Come and meet the artists at our


November 4, 2016 from 5-9 PM

Join us, meet the artists and find out how they create their unique pieces of art.

At 203 N. Washington, Adjacent to Aunties Bookstore in the Liberty Building

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Teaching art his entire life, at Mead High School and as adjunct art professor at Whitworth College, John has concentrated on one of a kind jewelry since his retirement from teaching. Using texture and color he creates stunning and unique jewelry.

Hannah Charlton


Hannah Charlton’s internship at the Grunewald Guild in Plain, WA fueled her interest in traditional art forms and the relationships between art and faith. Hannah then began to study medieval art in earnest, focusing on illuminated manuscripts. She has continued to make commissioned pieces and most recently passages from The Book of the City of Ladies, a 15th-century feminist book on great women in history.