Elaine Lamb in her pottery studio.
Elaine Lamb founded Mud Mothers Pottery in 1975.  It remains a Medina institution…

“The name Mud Mothers is so seventies,” Elaine observes.

But at the time it was very appropriate.  She and a friend, Sarah Jane Ingraham, were both mothers of young children and were both drawn to the delights of turning mud into beautiful pots.  Eventually, the friend moved on to other interests, but pottery became Elaine’s passion and life’s work.

“Even as our world moves to a global economy with ever-advanced technologies, our spirit is still moved by the hand-made piece. The mark of the hand remains essential to our personal expression,”  Elaine says.

After studying at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina,  her style evolved into a carving process called “sgraffito”.  The clay, after being carved, is painted with ceramic underglaze stains and bisque fired.

“I tell stories in clay,” she says.  “There are images I carve over and over again — things that have significance for me, like books, wine glasses, coffee cups…”

For many years Elaine owned a successful studio/gallery in Medina’s historic district.  Currently she divides her time between a sunlit studio behind her restored Victorian house, and her North Carolina mountain retreat where she has a second home and studio.

She can be reached at enlamb@verizon.net.

5 Responses to “Made By Hand”

  1. Christine Helbig Says:

    Hi Elaine,
    I left you an email and picture at the verizon.net address but it came back. I’m an old customer dating back to 1982 when we lived in Westerville, Oh. I wanted to ask you about a piece we purchased from you back then at the Otterbein College art fair, and see if you’re making anything like it today. Is there another email address for you?
    Thank you ~ Christine

  2. Kathi Talley Says:

    Dear Elaine, I came across some information about you and wondered if you might be interested in exhibiting with us at the Gifts of Art program at the U-M Hospitals. I have an opening in our Cancer Cnt gallery for mid-April. I think our patients and visitors would enjoy your work. Please let me know if you are interested or have questions.
    Thanks, kathi

  3. Kathy Jacobs Says:

    I live in Cleveland, Ohio. I purchased a piece of pottery from Pottery Barn about 3 years, which I loved. It was a large platter (18 in.), russet red in color. My daughter dropped it over the weekend and it broke. I was wondering if you might be able to duplicate it?

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