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HANDCRAFTED: Brookhaven artist breaks the mold
by LaTria Garnigan
June 26, 2013 12:59 PM | 1925 views | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>
Ceramic artist Tammy Josephson works on the wheel at her Brookhaven home studio.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Ceramic artist Tammy Josephson works on the wheel at her Brookhaven home studio.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>
Artist Tammy Josephson shows one of her bowls among a display of her work at her Brookhaven home studio.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Artist Tammy Josephson shows one of her bowls among a display of her work at her Brookhaven home studio.
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While in college to earn a degree in sociology, Tammy Josephson happened upon her first art class and the spark was lit.

Josephson, a 12-year Brookhaven resident, works full-time as a ceramic artist.

“I started in 1995 — I took my first class when I was in school and it was just an elective class, but it just seemed like I fell in love with clay and I’ve been doing that ever since,” said Josephson.

Even though she does not have any formal education in art, Josephson has taken several classes throughout her time as an artist.

Not only does she custom-make pieces for customers and to display/sell, Josephson also teaches at the Johns Creek Arts Center and the Chastain Arts Center.

She describes her art as functional pieces that can be used in the kitchen, house or as a vase.

“I use stoneware clay and porcelain clay and I mix my own glazes,” she said. “I have my own kiln and I do everything from start to finish — from raw clay all the way to the end.”

Examples of her work include teapots, cups, plates, vases, bowls and more.

Being a local Brookhaven artist, Josephson also displays her wares each Saturday at the Brookhaven Farmers Market.

She is constantly working on pieces at her home studio, and also completes orders like a recent set of dinner plates and coffee mugs. Depending on the size of an order or her pieces, Josephson said she can throw about four or five a day if they are large, but about six to a dozen if they are smaller.

Her favorite part of the creating process is when the pieces are “leather hard” where carving and adding pieces are easier.

Josephson is a big proponent of the arts scene in Brookhaven, being a member of the Brookhaven Arts Alliance, and said she would like to see a future arts center in the new municipality.

“I think it would be nice if we have a little bit more of that kind of thing here in Brookhaven,” she said.

“It would be great for Brookhaven to have its own arts center, but I think it will take some time.”

Information: www.tjpots.com.
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