Roberta Gayer

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I grew up in Tell City Indiana and we always did crafts at our house. I was in band and loved to sing also. It was just natural to create things.

I didn't take art in school because I was too interested in music but I always envied those that could make beautiful things.

I took some pottery classes at our local high school a few years ago and I was hooked. A friend set me up with my first small kiln and I was off!

I love everything about working with clay; the way it feels in my hands, the way it molds into things that are in my mind. I use mostly medium fire clay because I like the look of the speckles when they are glazed.

I have taken workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and a weekend workshop at Midsouth Ceramics in Nashville, Tennessee and The Morean Art Center in St.  Petersburg Fl. Other than that, I have no formal art education. I am mostly self-taught. But that's a lot of the beauty of pottery. You learn as you go, mistakes and all.

My favorite thing to do is extrude coils, twist them together and make baskets. They are different every time. I like to layer glazes because they combine to make new and different colors.

I graduated from Tell City High School in 1974. I married the love of my life in 1992 and had one son. My husband died in 2011. My son is married to the love of his life and they have two kids, a boy and a girl. They are both very talented, she crochets and makes mosaics and he plays drums and loves to fix up cars.

When I was growing up I was in love with horses. I never thought that anything could make me happier than horses but clay does that. It's different every day. I love that.