Auriella Hughes, her husband Fred, and their son Orion moved together to Alaska in 1998 from Hawaii, for what was intended to be a 3-year work commitment. They both fell in love with the wonderful community of Sitka and with the beautiful environment of Southeast Alaska, and stayed. In addition to creating art and pottery, Auriella has worked as a nurse for over 35 years, and co-founded the Sitka nonprofit organization Brave Heart Volunteers.
“I create hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery, and especially love the meditative act of centering clay and whirling an indistinct ball of clay into form. I enjoy the thought of my work being touched, handled, visually appreciated, and used as part of everyday life. I believe that drinking from a handmade mug, or eating on a handmade plate, allows for a type of direct connection to the artist, and also to the essential elements of a clay vessel - earth, fire, water, and air.
Because I take deep pleasure and find happiness in making pottery, I consider my work to be infused with love and joy. I work with bright, colorful glazes, and enjoy using applications that are evocative of landscapes, seascapes and the sky. I have been creating pottery for over 40 years and am still excited by the discoveries and mysteries of the process.”
contact Auriella by email - Auriella@ak.net