Elizabeth Carltonís Collection
Whimsical, vibrant and playful patterns are found throughout the extensive pottery collection of artist Elizabeth Carlton. A kid at heart, Carlton is inspired by her two younger daughters who have had a tremendous impact on her new storefront gallery. Her technique is extraordinary as she uses broad strokes of brilliant color, often layered, to make each piece dynamic and creative. Part of her signature style is the application of hand formed sculptural pieces she adds to pitchers, platters, bowls and vases.
Diverse in theme, Carlton's pottery showcases several dozen individually handmade designs. Collectors favor the plates, pitchers, platters, bowls and wine coolers, while visitors to her shop can not resist the hand-painted tiles, household accessories, vases and lamps, and animal figurines. Her repertoire includes the popular "nubby" line, a series featuring hand-crafted balls decorated in various textures; the flower and bug line, the ocean line which highlights mermaids, crabs and other sea creatures; the animal line with flamingos, dogs, frogs and jungle animals; and the crown line that is royally adorable. Each piece, ranging from $15 to $350, is hand-crafted and can be personalized for weddings, births and other events.
Elizabeth Carlton Studio
Bright faces and ceramic pieces peer out of a sunny yellow freestanding building on the corner of St. Philip and Wentworth Streets in Charleston, South Carolina. Inside this gallery, guests can find Carlton and studio manager Danielle Melchiorre designing new pieces each day. The space is teeming with a variety of brightly colored pottery in all shapes and sizes. Complimenting her style, a handful of other artists display their work and over time Carlton hopes to expand their representation in her store. Parking is plentiful and the gallery is located just blocks away from the historic shopping district on King Street and the College of Charleston.
Hours of operation of the store are: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To learn more about Elizabeth Carlton, call (843) 853.2421.