Catawba County Employee Spotlight

Tania Harper

Tania Harper

Department: Public Health 
Pottery

Tell us about making pottery.  What do you like about?  
I like making pottery because I get to be a little creative and make something that has never been made before out of nothing.  Clay is also very forgiving – you can always start over or you can make a “mistake” and it might still turn into something really beautiful.    

When did you get started?  What inspired you to start?
I have been doing pottery for about 20 years.  I started in high school and since then I have taken classes recreationally.  

What is your favorite pottery to make?  
I really like to make teapots and to play with unique handles, usually more for decoration than for use.  I have made a lot of really ugly, clunky pots over the years but every once in while I make one that I would like to keep or give away as a gift!