Prior to becoming a potter, Charlene Claycomb was a seamstress for the Archdiocese of Louisville making liturgical vestments and altar cloths. It was in doing this work that she first realized she had an eye for color.
She next worked as an apprentice for several potters. Finding that she had the ability and dedication to be a potter, Charlene completed a ceramics course at the University of Louisville taught by Tom and Jenny Marsh. She continued to take classes and has benefited from instruction from such potters as Sarah Frederick and Melvin Rowe.
Charlene became most interested in making small detailed pieces of porcelain, which easily translated into making porcelain jewelry. Since there is little or no instruction available, porcelain jewelry makers must develop their own techniques.
Charlene describes her designs as “primarily contemporary but with a classic appeal.” It pleases Charlene that much of her business comes from repeat patrons, especially those who collect her work.
Charlene is a member of several art guilds, including Kentucky Crafted: The Market and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.
Charlene’s work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea.