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Angelia Hayes

"Clay is my music, I enjoy molding a lump of clay into a functional piece of pottery and watching it's beauty emerge. With each piece I carve, press, stamp or weave pieces together with purpose and dedication. Then it turns into Christmas time after time when I open the kiln and see the presents I have been given by the fire. Clay completes me and my life's song continues through it."

Angelia Hayes grew up on a tobacco farm in North Carolina, spending her days making mud pies and playing on the farm. The metal patterns on her grandmother's antique pie safe and storage trunk always intrigued her. The inspiration from them, the beautiful flowers and the warm comforting colors from her nature walks may be seen prominently in the bowls and glazed textural pieces that she is best known for.

Hayes assembles each piece by hand using extruded coils and clay slabs. Some pieces are woven strips, others are stamped, carved or pressed with different textures. She creates thin slabs so her work is very lightweight, yet durable. She fires her work to cone 10 in a gas reduction kiln creating a beautiful 12" emerald flame dancing out the front and top as the work transforms from mud to music.

In late 2004, during a visit to the Dan Finch Pottery Studio in Bailey,NC, Angelia fell in love with clay. After touching clay for the first time she was addicted and spent numerous sleepless nights learning more. She has been mentored by Dan Finch and influenced by attending workshops taught by Bill Van Gilder, Ben Owen III, Cynthia Bringle, Robin Hopper, Stephen Hill and Xavier Gonzalez.

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Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Best of NC Artists and Artisians 2005, Williamsburg, Virginia, Book publication by Kennedy Publishing, 2005
NC State Fair, Raleigh, NC, State Fair, 2005 - 2011
Womens in Art, Louisburg, NC, Louisburg Town Hall, Art Du Jour, 2008, 2009
Dan Finch Studio Potters, Seagrove, NC, NC Pottery Center, 2009
MYNC.COM, Raleigh, NC, NBC 17 TV Station, 2008
Seagrove Pottery, Carrboro, Carrboro, NC, 2010 - Present
Seagrove Pottery, Seagrove, Seagrove, NC, 2008 - Present
Picasso's, Alamance County Arts Council, Graham, NC, 2008 - Present
Carolina Artists' Colony, Sanford, NC, Sanford, NC, 2012
NC Crafts Gallery, Carrboro, Carrboro, NC, 2009-2010