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“People ask me why I don’t have someone else roll my coils. But rolling coils I find is very therapeutic,” Pat says. Knowing that she took an 18-year hiatus from pottery to pursue energy work makes her statement that much more relevant. Continued from page 25 “Penland was always this place that I was familiar with,” she says. She assumed someone was playing a practical joke on her. “January is so very quiet here compared to December,” she says. “It’s the kind of thing I would do to somebody else,” she “I was reading the catalogue. There was a class and it was beginner admits. and it said glassblowing and I thought, ‘That sounds interesting.’” When the visit was confirmed for the following Tuesday, she “I went there to alleviate boredom! I called home the first night made sure to be in her studio blowing glass. and said, ‘This is what I want to do.’” “I had just started a piece when he got there,” she says. “He She says she was lucky to find an instructor who truly liked sat and watched me blow that piece and finish it. We talked for beginners. a little while. It was wonderful for me. I think more than any “The story could have come out very differently at any point,” other glassblower, people I come in contact with ask me, ‘Do you she says. know Dale Chihuly? Have you ever heard of Dale Chihuly? I just She first met Dale Chihuly in Charlotte at the Mint Museum saw this thing on PBS about Dale Chihuly. I went to the Dale not long after she began glassblowing. Chihuly exhibition.’ He has opened doors for all American glass- After she returned to Cedar Creek and built her studio, gallery blowers and probably glassblowers around the world … just by manager Jennifer Dolan appeared one day, saying, “Somebody just making people aware of just what glass is and how magnificent it called and wanted to know if they could bring Dale Chihuly out can be. He’s gotten people excited about glass. Most people can’t next week to visit your studio.” afford to buy Dale Chihuly’s work, but they can still love glass and It was November, a very busy month for Cedar Creek. buy somebody else’s work. I got a chance to thank him for all that Lisa laughs, recalling how she replied, “I’m really too busy for he had done — for me in business, as a glassblower and making it this. I don’t know who is calling but that’s pretty funny. That’s in this world.” just the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard because Inside Lisa’s studio is a framed photo of her and the famed glass Dale Chihuly doesn’t call up and ask if he can visit a glass studio.” sculptor. It is not the first thing you see, rather the last. Opposite, from top: Pat Oakley rolls porcelain clay coils. Oakley forms the base of a pot on a banding wheel. Inside Cedar Creek Gallery, pottery is displayed among handmade originals. Above: Teapot by Jackson Gray. The gallery will hold a juried teapot show and sale in summer 2014 from mid-May through mid-August. Held once every three years, the invitation is extended to more than 150 artists. 29 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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