Wendy Wrenn Werstlien
“Whether you enjoy a cup of tea alone or share a meal with a friend, each experience is enhanced by the presence of handmade objects.”
Before she molded clay, Wendy Wrenn Werstlien helped mold the minds of teenagers: she taught high school biology for 10 years. "I worked to cultivate in my students a desire to explore the world while also encouraging scientific inquiry. I find these two skills serve me just as well in the studio," she says.
When Wendy left teaching, she returned to the classroom as a student herself. She received an associates degree in professional crafts and then moved to Floyd, Virginia, where she took on a pottery apprenticeship. She's since built a life there as a professional studio potter, living and working among the mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway. She takes inspiration from the beautiful scenery that surrounds her, and you can see the mountains' influence in her work. Wendy believes each piece shares a story with the people who use it. "Whether you enjoy a cup of tea alone or share a meal with a friend, each experience is enhanced by the presence of handmade objects."