Photo Story: Studio visit with Sheila Cavanagh!



Costume? Check. Candy? Check. Sheila Cavanagh’s Halloween inspired pottery? Double check!


If you are unfamiliar with the work of our local wonder Sheila Cavanagh, drop what you are doing and head to Practical Art ASAP. Fun, fantastic, and down-right festive, Sheila’s pottery will make you smile. Her whimsical pieces are a direct translation of her creative spirit. What originated years ago as a hobby, has developed into a passion and renewed philosophy on life.

Although Sheila enjoys exploring various methods of ceramic arts (from pinch pots to slip casting) she has a particular affinity for the wheel. As she says, “there is something deeply satisfying about using your hands and mind and imagination to encourage the spinning clay to become what you want of it.” The result is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece with its very own character and identity.

As you browse each unique Shelia construction, you may notice a common element. An elephant. Sheila loves pachyderms. It is an especially significant symbol due to the fact that she spent several years living in rural Zimbabwe—where she learned traditional pottery making techniques from the women in a nearby village.

“In summary, my idea of a perfect day is a warm Arizona morning, sitting over my wheel with a cup of tea and a clay-splattered labradoodle lying at my side.”







From pots to bowls to mugs, small to middling to tall, Sheila’s works fit any size, form, or function. Come by Practical Art today to purchase your very own Cavanagh masterpiece. Now featuring festive fall and Halloween inspired works of art!

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