Mathews native finds inspiration for her ceramics art in nature

by Jennie Price - Posted on Nov 17, 2010 - 05:06 PM

Photo: Tasha McKelvey creates at her Richmond studio. The Mathews native has found a niche as a ceramics artist.

Tasha McKelvey creates at her Richmond studio. The Mathews native has found a niche as a ceramics artist.

Tasha McKelvey’s work, like the artist herself, is adorable.

Small birds and woodland creatures perch along the edges of her pottery bowls. Her ceramic jewelry takes the shape of ginkgo leaves and tiny flowers.

"There’s a lot of birds and gnomes and squirrels and hedgehogs and things," she said. "Those are all things I really, really liked when I was a kid."

McKelvey grew up in Mathews County. Spending her childhood running through the woods there has influenced her current work, she said. McKelvey’s parents are also avid gardeners—another theme that shows up in her ceramics.

"It’s funny with the birds," McKelvey said. "My parents are also birdwatchers. These are not my hobbies; they’re my parents’ hobbies, but that is what my work is about."