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What started as a time-passer more than 40 years ago has developed into a major avocation for ceramic artist Anita Posey Lowe.  Her award-winning ceramics are one-of-a-kind.


The 71 year-old artist who currently lives in Auburn, is a member of the Sacramento Potters Group, Placer Arts League, Lincoln Arts Center, Arts Council of Placer County, International Association of Workforce Personnel (IAWP) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.


Ms Lowe began exhibiting in 1985. Her works have been seen at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center during the Northern California Art’s, Inc “Bold Expressions” exhibition, the Placer Art League’s Gallery One in Auburn; the Beecher Room of the Auburn Library during the Auburn Association of University Women’s Art “35 show; the Auburn Arts Center Clay show; the Zawadi Gallery in Sacramento and the Lincoln Arts Center in Lincoln, CA.  Ms Lowe received honorable mention award for an untitled piece from the Placer Art League’s 1986 first annual art show and first honors in the three dimensional category for “Clouds Gathering” a pit fired vase, at the Placer Art League’s 1987 spring show.  In June of 1987 the received an award for an untitled pit fired vase from the ARTtcetera’s (Arts Council of Placer County) Third Annual Open Membership show.  In 1988, 1991 and in 1992 Ms. Lowe won first place in the three-dimensional category for her “Pit Fired Pots’ from the Placer Art League’s Annual Membership show.  She also won a 3rd Place award for her "Tribal Face" in the 2001 Placer Arts League's Membership Show.  In September of 1988 at the 12th annual Sacramento Potters Group show she won an award for best wheel and hand built combination pottery.  In 1991 Ms. Lowe received a purchase award from the Sacramento Suburban Kiwanis Club 33rd annual Art Fiesta at Town & Country Village.


A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Ms. Lowe lived in Rangoon, Burma, Manila, the Philippines and Ankara, Turkey, while her father was employed by the U.S. State Department. 


Ms. Lowe says " pottery gives me such fulfillment and I am able to concentrate more on it since I have retired from the State of California.







"No matter how much effort I put into a clay piece, the fire, glaze, wind, air and timing all play role and control of the final outcome of the pottery is left to Karma," says Anita Posey Lowe, award-winning ceramist.  "That's the beauty of pottery and why I enjoy working with it."


Ms. Lowe began working with stoneware clay over 40 years ago because "I can work it over and over again until I get the shape, size and form I want," she says.  She makes and mixes her own glazes and uses several methods of firing -- raku, reduction or pit-- to get results.  Ms. Lowe is constantly refining her talent since she began with clay in 1961, starting with slip casting ceramics in Camp LeJeune, N.C


A 1980 graduate of San Francisco State University Art, she has studies under Bud McKee, Joe Hawley and David Karoka. 


An artist who works with may shapes, whether hand-built, wheel-thrown or a combination of both, she plays with the forms to perfect concepts that reflect her personality.


Her specialty items are bowls, cups and individual casserole dishes that are food, drink, microwave dishwasher and over safe.  She notes that her glazes are lead-free and safe for food and drink. Among her favorite items that make great gifts are the clay small scented pots that are use as car or room fresheners.   The colors she works with are earth tones; tan, blue and green when overlapped create other colors.  "All my pots are hand thrown, trimmed and signed, " she says, "they are one of a kind."


Her pottery can be seen at the Auburn Old Town Gallery, 218 Washington Street, Auburn, CA. 530-887-9150  and the Artist Collaborative Gallery, 129 K street, Old Sacramento, CA. 916-444-7125.