By: Celeste Tholen Rosenlof, KSL
Inspired by those she sees regularly reaching out to others, a pottery artist is hoping to learn the stories of those people and create a piece of art portraying that.
Since Janelle Call Davis discovered her love of pottery in high school, she has had her hands in clay.
“When my hands touched clay, it made sense,” she said.
While studying early childhood education at Weber State University, she continued taking art classes. As a preschool teacher, she encouraged artistic pursuits. And, over the years, her art has been featured in exhibitions around the area.
After Davis' son was born, however, she retreated into home life. Twenty-three months later, she decided to reach out of her “introverted little home.” The way to do so, she decided, was to find people making a difference in their community and honor them with a piece of art about their story.
“Whether it's helping a kid or an old person, or part of an actual organization,” she said of her flexible criteria. “If it's someone who's continually baking meat loaf for the neighborhood when they're sick.”
Davis said she is inspired by the stories of others, and tries to incorporate narrative into her pieces.
"Hopefully, I’ll be able to put that beautiful life they’re making into clay," she said. "It takes a braveness to put your heart out there, and I just wanted to acknowledge that."
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