Wednesday, August 18, 2010

HEADHOODS is coming from NYC

guys...all of you locals DON'T wanna miss out on this event coming to our town from Big Apple...

the Gallery on Trade presents:

Clinton Van Germert
Martha Ellen Mabry


also featuring,
donation based haircuts
by Martha Ellen Mabry

August 27nd -31st *** 10AM - 10PM
reception and live music August 27th, 7PM
208 Trade St Downtown Historic Greer

please come join us it's gonna be a fabulous event!!! my crazy cool friends are SUPER talented and are bringing a little NYC to our gotta come check out this one of kind'll be so sad if you miss out!!!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

say hello to...

"the web necklace" newest creation...

visit my etsy shop to purchase one...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

the wheels are turning...

here's a sneak peak at what i've been up is jammed packed, everything brainstorming and meeting with my designer about the next LP catalog, to whipping up and creating new ideas that have been bouncing around in my mind...i'll post more photos tomorrow...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

new for holiday...

here's a little goody that i'm been working on for the holiday season just around the corner...i'll have lots wine stoppers with different and sculpted pottery beads in all fun colors and shapes in the studio so when the holidays can show up to the holiday parties and festivities in style with one of these for the host or hostess gift and clearly be the favorite guest they invite...

Monday, August 2, 2010

i'm back...

yes...finally, i'm back!

i'm sorry i don't have any pictures from Market for you guys, my camera totally got jacked by the bell boy in my! but it's all good now, i have a new camera yesterday, and i'm back to posting. i threw a few pictures of my booth up on my LP facebook page if you really want to  check out the booth...

market was went really great! we added some really fabulous new accounts! i'm taking the next step and working with marketing companies that will represent my jewelry line across the country. we now have reps in Georgia, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Arkansas. i'm super excited to work with these reps...i'll be sure to keep you posted.....
stay tuned for more info on my newest accounts...

for now, here's  my newest additions to my line, "the collage necklaces"...they were quite the hit at the mart...

the collage necklaces come in any color...
if you just have to have one too, email me with your order...

Friday, June 25, 2010

it's tomorrow...

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! i hope each of you have a fabulous weekend...i hope you can find some time to relax and take a little moment to take in all the loveliness around you. if you're a local, stroll down to Mast General downtown Greenville tomorrow for my Trunk Show...i'll be there 11-4 with Lily Pottery goodies ;)

happy weekend!

how "krazy kool" is this?!?!?!

ok, you guys who know me know that i'm a HUGE freak fan of hip-hop dancing...well, i learned about Smirnoff's event called "mash up" crazy brilliant is Smirnoff and their marketing peeps by combining these three art forms into one fabulous jam session?!?!? can we say "thinking outside of the box"? i love creative minds coming up with innovative ways to merge and collaborate to create a really cool event.

i'm gonna have to be at the next "mash up"...anybody wanna join me?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

lily pottery trunk show this weekend!

join me this Saturday 11-4 for a Lily Pottery Trunk Show at Mast General Store on N. Main St downtown Greenville. i've got some new goodies that will be making their debut at this plan to hit the Saturday Market downtown to stock up on some fresh local produce, then swing into Mast to say hello!

Friday, June 18, 2010

loving much...and dreaming of...

birch planters by bear paw rustics

succulent bouquet by april hiler designs

succulent wreath from viva terra

recycled driftwood succulent garden from viva terra

 rectangular concrete planters by hart concrete designs

anyone who's visited my studio and home before knows how much i LOVE to grow succulents because i have them growing all around me. i thoroughly enjoy growing them from seeds, then dividing them and repotting. here's some lovely succulent arrangements i think are just dreamy...

happy weekend!

Monday, June 14, 2010

how cool is this... guggenheim colliding with youtube!

so you all know i'm a huge fan of independent artist films on these short video creators have a crack at having their video played in the guggenheim. the guggenheim is teaming up with youtube in an epic event, Youtube Play.

No other medium is pushing the boundaries of creativity like video. YouTube Play, a collaboration between YouTube and the Guggenheim Museum, wants to recognize and showcase the most remarkable online videos from around the world. To have your work considered simply post it on YouTube and then submit it at A jury of experts will decide which works will be shown at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

indie craft parade!

Indie Craft Parade from Indie Craft Parade on Vimeo.

i'm so pumped for Greenville's 1st ever INDIE CRAFT PARADE happening this fall!
check out more at and all of you artist friends, you WON'T want to miss out on this fabulous show! sign up today!

Friday, June 4, 2010

save the date...

mark your calendars...Mast General has invited Lily Pottery back for a trunk show! mark the date June 26th 11am-4pm...i'll be debuting some BRAND NEW don't want to miss it!

don't worry, i'll remind you when the date gets a little closer ;)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

keep your eyes open...

i'm excited for an article featuring me and my buddies, Jessica Libor and Christina Nicole that will be in June's issue of Belle Magazine. we recently came together for a photo shoot with Jennie Raff and here's a peak of the fun we had...

while you're waiting to snag a copy of Belle to read jennie's article, check out Christina's gorgeous jewelry here, and Jessica's beautiful and romantic paintings here...

Friday, May 21, 2010

back for father's day...

yep, they're back in my etsy shop, cufflinks!!! just in time for Father's day, don't forget June 20th is month away! 
if you don't see the color you like, email me by the first week of june, and i can custom make any color...

Monday, April 5, 2010

Lily Pottery Raffle Giveaway!

hey everyone! happy monday. i'm excited to tell you about a great chance to win one of my necklaces and a ring while supporting an fabulous cause at the same time!
it's totally a win-win situation!

my buddy Katie is participating in SoleMates which is a part of an awesome organization called "Girls On The Run"...

“SoleMates is the charity running program for Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run is a life-changing, experiential learning program for girls age eight to thirteen years old. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development. Our mission is to educate and prepare girls for a life time of self-respect and healthy living.”

You can support Girls On the Run by entering the Lily Pottery Raffle, with just $5. Your donation will enter you into the contest and you could win the LP ring and necklace! you aren't limited to just one entry, enter as many time as you like...see the details below...

How to Enter:
Go to Katie's personal SoleMates fundraising page.
For each $5 donation you will receive one entry in the LP giveaway drawing. There is no limit to your donation amount so the more you donate, the better your chances of winning this custom Lily Pottery gift package! (You will receive a receipt for tax purposes from via email once your donation is submitted.)
Once you donate you MUST come back to my blog and leave your name, email address, and donation amount in the box below. This is how Katie will track and confirm your donations to register you for the drawing.

Donation: $5; Entries: 1

Donation $10; Entries: 2

Donation $25; Entries 5

You only need to complete the box information one time regardless of donation amount. Donation amount will be noted and your entries will be counted accordingly.

Donations must be received by April 30th, and winner will be contacted via email by May 4th, 2010. Winner will have 48 hours to reply and provide mailing address before another winner will be selected.

good luck everyone!!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

say hello to Beso Handbags!

i'm excited to introduce you to a new a friend i met through fabulous etsy...the creative and talented mastermind behind Beso Handbags, Johanna! i'm thrilled that soon i will have a beso bag of my own! Johanna and i have worked out a trade, jewelry for handbag...check out her fun bags at her website here and buy one for yourself at her big cartel shop here get to know her a little better by reading more about her below...


What do you create?

I design and sew custom-made handbags.

When and why did you decide to start your business?

After high school, I went to college and graduate school and became a school psychologist. I worked as a psychologist in a school district for nine years. My children were both small and my heart was at home, while I was at work. So in 2007, I resigned. I had never owned a sewing machine, nor had I ever used one, but in the Summer of 2008, on a whim, I asked my mom to help me sew my first tote bag. She did, and told me I could have her old sewing machine. I've always been in love with purses, so I began designing and sewing bags, very basic at first, I didn't even know how to put in snaps or sew in zippers. After lots of practice and encouragement from friends and family, I began selling my beso handbags.

Where do you get your inspiration for your projects?

I am a mom. My inspiration comes from my own wants and needs as a mom, as well as those of other moms and working women I know. I know first hand what makes a good bag. It has to be modern, yet practical. Lots of pockets and a place for everything. I love the idea of letting the customer design her own bag. And I love to get feedback from my customers. Adjustable straps, sewn in key hooks, the back pack...all ideas that came from my customers.

Which of the tools you use is your favorite?

Right now, I am absolutely loving vintage fabrics. Every time I sew a bag in vintage fabric, I want to keep it!

What keeps you motivated?

I love what I do! Ever since I was a little girl, I have been designing and drawing and creating things. When a customer orders a bag, I can't wait to make it and see how it turns out! And I especially can't wait to hear what she thinks when it arrives. Loving what I do and getting the positive feedback that I get, knowing that my customers are waiting to see what new styles and fabrics I will release in the next season absolutely keeps me motivated.

How do you get the word out about your work?

Facebook has been amazing for my business! But I also have a few good friends who have agreed to work with me as regional representatives for my business. They organize home-based trunk shows and earn a commission from their sales. They have been invaluable to me. Also networking with other artists, like you Lily, have definitely helped me get the word out about my bags.

What is your main goal for the next 6-12 months?

I just released my Spring 2010 line in March. In September, it will be time to launch my Fall line again. This will mark my one year anniversary of beso handbags as it is today. Each season, I change up my fabrics and add a couple new bag styles. So my main goal for the coming year is to design a few new bags that I know my customers, both new and old, will love. Each season it is my goal to raise the bar a bit, from the previous season and go beyond my customers' expectations.

What advice would you give to someone starting a creative business?

My advice to someone starting a creative business, is to first and foremost love what you do. And second, stay true to what you love. Along with all the feedback I get, I also get suggestions to make things that just are not me. I don't make a bag, unless I would love carrying it, unless it reflects my style.

What’s the most important thing you’d like people to know/understand about your work?

My heart goes into each bag that I design and sew. When a client carries a beso bag that she designed herself, she can be sure that it was made with attention to every detail and that I enjoyed making it for her.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned while running your business?

I've learned many things while getting my business up and running. One of the most important lessons I've learned is that I can't be happy running my business unless I am creating pieces that I love and projecting an image to people that reflects me, as a person. My style of design may not appeal to everyone. I've had to work hard to find the right market for my designs and my price point. I have had to stay true to the vision that I have for my business. I have had people along the way, just trying to be helpful of course, try to steer me in a direction that they felt would be beneficial for me and my business. But in the end, it is always my decision, and the image that I choose to project, always reflects who I am as a designer.

If you had the time, what new craft/medium would you like to learn or use?

Design is one of my passions. I would love to expand my knowledge in this area and learn pattern making and clothing design.

What's your definition of a perfect day?

A great cup of coffee, kisses and hugs from my husband and my kids, a clean house, laundry done, an organized studio, a long walk, a great meal, a good show on t.v. and a good night's sleep. Its the little things.


thanks Johanna!!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

lily pottery gives back

i had the awesome opportunity to present my check to the Greenville Hospital System with talented artists, Christina Sawicki and Jessica Libor this past monday. together we were able to raise over $700 to donate to the Pediatric Cardiology Unit through the Arts for Hearts show we had February 11th. a  big thanks to G-Mag for making this possible, and HUGE thanks to all of you who came out and supported the event last month...

Jessica Libor, Lily Stratton and Christina Sawicki present their funds raised from the Arts for Hearts Benefit. The event supported the Pediatric Cardiology unit at Children’s Hospital of Greenville Hospital System.

Dr. Ben Horne, Director of GHS Pediatric Cardiology (far left), and Casey Smith, Marketing and Circulation Manager of G Magazine (far right), join artists Jessica Libor (second from left), Lily Stratton and Christina Sawicki as they present their funds raised from the Arts for Hearts Benefit. The event supported the Pediatric Cardiology unit at Children’s Hospital of Greenville Hospital System.

here's a blurb from GHS:

The next time Pediatric Cardiology patients at Children’s Hospital of Greenville Hospital System watch a DVD during treatment or play with a Magna Doodle, they’ll have the donors and artists at the Art for Hearts benefit to thank.

The benefit, presented by G Magazine, Zen and Table 301 on Feb. 11, raised more than $700 for Pediatric Cardiology patients. Three Greenville-area artists worked together to make the benefit a success: painter Jessica Libor and jewelry designers Christina Sawicki and Lily Stratton.

Dr. Ben Horne, Director of GHS Pediatric Cardiology, expressed how thrilled he was with the artists’ generosity and the event as a whole, which spotlighted awareness for children’s heart disease.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

spring is here!!!

this warm weather makes me a happy girl!
here's a brand new color i've mixed up just for spring...introducing...
speckled tomato

large abstract cocktail...$62
now available in my etsy shop

Friday, March 12, 2010

lily pottery on it's way to Mint Julep!

yesterday i sent off package of lily pottery jewelry to my newest boutique carrying my line, Mint Julep Spa and Boutique. after i browsed the website, i'm going to need to plan a little trip to Albany, GA for a day at Mint Julep. you can check out their website and their facebook fan page here.
a big thanks to the wonderful ladies of Mint Julep that i met at market for ordering! hoping to visit soon!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

lily pottery has a new friend...

i have been so busy creating in my new studio...sorry for not blogging lately...but i am SO very excited to tell you about the newest shop carrying lily pottery.
say hello to...Squash Blossom!

 this fabulous mother and daughter owned boutique is located in Decatur, GA. Squash Blossom has a little bit of everything, shoes, handbags, clothes, jewelry...they got it! check out their great website, and if you're in the Atlanta area...don't miss out, do some shopping at Squash Blossom!