Friday, July 23, 2010

Member Interview

Hi there! Who are you?

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi! I'm a retired health professional living the good life in rural south central Virginia with my husband, Charlie and my dog, Iko.

I became a full time potter after my retirement. My pottery covers a whole gamut of things, functional, whimsical, sculpture, etc. 

The shop name, Beggar's Tomb Pottery, comes from a line in as song that goes "...I live in a silver mine and I call it Beggar's Tomb...". We named our house Beggar's Tomb when we built it so it all fits!

How did you learn about Etsy Project Embrace?

Our own Kristin Love is a member of the Etsy Mud Team and posted about Etsy Project Embrace, so I decided to check it out since my mom is a cancer survivor.

What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment?

I guess I'd have to say my banks are my favorite at this time, especially my panda bear.


What is your favorite possession, and why do you cherish it?

At this time in my life, my favorite material possession is a handmade sterling silver necklace that my husband bought me for the 25th anniversary of when we met! I guess it's self explanatory as to why it's my most cherished possesion!

What do you collect?
Pottery and jewelry!

Where would you like to be and what do you hope to be doing ten years from now?

In ten years, I would love to be healthy living here with my wonderful husband making pottery!


  1. Carmela,
    What a wonderful article! Your work is beautiful!

  2. Beautiful article and I love your pottery! I wish I were a bazillionaire!

  3. I, too, love your pottery! And lovely interview! So nice to know you better, Carmela! Oh yeah, being a bazillionaire would be nice, too!
    xo Cait

  4. How wonderful to learn a little bit more about you, Carmela. And oh my gosh... I think Iko is just the cutest thing ever! And your work is gorgeous. I'm not necessarily a pink kind of girl, but I love that pink vase!

  5. Hi Carmela/Mickey! Great to see you here! Thanks, Mollie for another profile of a member of this great team; Especially love that Panda Bank and of course, Iko!!

  6. Great pottery and lovely interview Mollie:-)

  7. Great interview Carmela! Dead Head, I see! :)
    Love your shop and yeah, that pup is way too cute!

  8. Great interview! Your pup is so cute and i LOVE your shop.

  9. great to "meet" you carmela!! so happy to hear your mom is a cancer survivor!! YAY!! xxoo laura

  10. "Woh, oh, what I want to know, where does the time go?....Come Hear Uncle John's Band....."

    Wooo-Hooo Carmela!! I remember you making some "Dead" influenced Treasuries but for some reason I missed the reference to this song in your Shop name...maybe I've been to toooooooo many Shows and my little brain ain't workin' the way it used to in the memory department!! Great interview....Love Love little "Iko Iko All Day!" and of course, your Gorgeous Pottery!!
    Mollie....another Good One!! :)

  11. Nice getting to know you better Carmela! Your creations are wonderful!


  12. Lovely to hear more about you Carmela, just love your work (especially the panda bank!)

  13. From a technical perspective, that panda is a MARVEL, Carmela and it's adorable to boot! Great interview, so nice to get to know you better!

  14. Retired, no way, you look like a kid, and so does the guy next to you. Great getting to know you, love the panda bank too!