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Elizabeth Carlton Creates a Niche for Playful Pottery Inside New Storefront Gallery

CHARLESTON, SC – SEPTEMBER 7, 2004- Fifteen years ago, Elizabeth Carlton molded one of her very first pieces of pottery–an exercise that also molded her distinct technique and extraordinary artistry. 20,000+ pieces later, Carlton has become one of the most recognizable artists in the south, and her pottery can be found in over 20 stores across the US. Capitalizing on this success, she recently opened a storefront gallery in the heart of downtown Charleston, South Carolina and intends to grow the product line even more over time.

"Ever since I was in high school and in college, I recognized an inner passion for sculpting and specifically for producing whimsical pieces for collectors," stated Carlton. "Over the last several years, I have worked hard to grow the collection, to expand my scope and palette and to become a household product for people who enjoy lively, vibrant and playful patterns. This store allows me to take things one step further, as does my newly launched web site. By making my collection more readily available to collectors and to art lovers, I can really offer a spectacular product."

In addition to her unique design and original product lines, Carlton soars above most others with her personal approach to art. "Each piece is hand made, and each item is different from the one done the time before. If someone wants something personalized, changed a little or completely unique, I can make it happen."

Diverse in theme, Carlton's pottery showcases several dozen individually handmade designs. Collectors favor the plates, pitchers, platters, bowls and wine coolers, while visitors to her shop can not resist the hand-painted tiles, household accessories, vases and lamps, and animal figurines. Her repertoire includes the popular "nubby" line, a series featuring hand-crafted balls decorated in various styles; the flower and bug line, the ocean line which highlights mermaids, crabs and other sea creatures; the animal line with flamingos, dogs, frogs and jungle animals; and the crown line that is clean and elegant. Each piece, ranging from $15 to $350, is hand-crafted and can be personalized for weddings, births and other events.

Bright faces and ceramic pieces peer out of a sunny yellow freestanding building on the corner of St. Philip and Wentworth Streets in Charleston, South Carolina. Inside this gallery, guests can find Carlton and a studio manager Danielle Melchiorre designing new pieces each day. The space is teeming with a variety of brightly colored pottery in all shapes and sizes. Complimenting her style, a handful of other artists display their work and over time Carlton hopes to expand their representation in her store. Parking is plentiful and the gallery is located just blocks away from the historic shopping district on King Street and the College of Charleston.

By a click of the mouse, collectors and buyers can purchase a variety of Carlton's pieces at her newly launched web site, www.elizabethcarlton.com. Hours of operation of the store are: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To learn more about Elizabeth Carlton, call (843) 853.2421.

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