Nadette is fascinated by the physical transformation a potter can give to a simple block of clay, from something as basic as earth dug from the ground. Nadette believes that in using simple elements; water and fire, the potter gives birth to not only a functional but a useful pot. Her second fascination goes toward food.....and good food! Cooking is a way of giving love and time to people sitting at any table, but hers in particular.
At one point she found herself exploring the art of cooking, then realized the importance of presentation of the dish she spent hours preparing. This is when the creation of functional dishware and cookware became important to her:
It was, what a good teacup was, and that it was not meant to drink coffee out of
Milk or juice tastes better in a tumbler
Ice cream bowls, done a certain way, make the desert look better
Soup tastes so much better!
-we have to agree with this analogy, wholeheartedly-
The design of the pot, provides a place for decoration and storytelling
-what family story does not begin, and then reflected on but the family dinner table?
"I have been fortunate to have spent the first 18 years of my life in West Africa, in Côte d’Ivoire. This experience has greatly influenced my philosophical and hands-on approach to pottery. I use clay as a vehicle to transmit my stories, engraving symbols and images into the ceramic, just as the African Griot uses his Kora, a stringed instrument, and his voice to transmit tales" ~ Nadette Boughton
You can find Nadette's pottery at The Cooley Gallery or online