Delores Hayes, Potter

Delores Hayes, potter in Durham, North Carolina, creates functional and decorative ceramic wares on a potters wheel.  Her vessels emphasize the visual difference between the rough and smooth textures.

Delores uses a variety of techniques during greenware and glazing to provide texture and layers that create contrast and depth. These techniques create visual surface variations that highlight the rough, organic, smooth and refined. Together, these qualities reflect the delicate balance between nature and the industrial world.

  • Address:
    Durham, NC
  • Email:
    deloresjuanitahayes (at) gmail (dot) com

Delores Hayes

In everyday life, I am drawn to organic shapes, colors and texture. This fondness has vexed itself into my ceramic work and has created living art. It emulates nature and the spirit of life around us. I work to create art that appears effortless, encompasses inherent movement, and depth beyond its basic function.

I create art that holds true to the idea that we are not perfect. And, in our textured life, however rough, course or misshapen, our beauty and true character is revealed and adorned.

Delores’ Creation Process

Every time I sit down at the wheel, pull up to my worktable, I have an idea of what I am trying to create but I try not to always force my expectations on my work. I like to balance my intentions with the intention of the clay, so I keep my ideas and guidelines soft and pliable, ready to be altered.