”The first time I saw someone ‘throw’ a pot, I was struck by the magic. Now, some 15 years later I still feel that magic when I sit at my wheel,” says Natalie Ann Gardner.Natalie has been making pottery in her studio in Palermo, Maine for many years. Her work is influenced by her love of the outdoors and her interest in simple, sculptural form. She often receives comments on the oriental feeling of her pottery and studied with the well known Japanese potter, Makoto Yabe.Returning to college as a non-traditional student in the 90’s she pursued a degree in art, and found her niche. Natalie creates both functional and decorative ceramics. All of her work is handcrafted, mostly wheel thrown, and sometimes altered to produce an interesting shape or style. Surface decoration is kept to a minimum to allow the shape of the piece to “speak.” Each piece can stand alone as a functional work of art, or as part of a collection.You can meet Natalie Ann Gardner and check out her pottery at the American Folk Festival August 28, 29 and 30 in the folk art and craft marketplace area. For more information on Natalie Ann Gardner and her work please visit Golden Apple Pottery.***Content is from Golden Apple Pottery Website.