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BY STEPHANIE GROVES

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DELPHOS — Sherry Kahle is the owner and artist of SLAK Designs and has a Bachelor of Science in Art Therapy from Bowling Green State University and a Masters in Education from The University of Findlay. She has taught art in a variety of settings, including Children Resource Centers, Nursing Homes, public and private schools and a number of different art organizations.

Kahle is an artist who mainly creates pottery but who also loves to do design work for tattoos, business and company logos, vinyl decals and much more. She also substitutes at a few public schools in Allen County and teaches pottery classes and workshops from her studio.

“I am very blessed to be able to do what I love and what God created me to do,” Kahle said. “Art is my therapy. It’s my form of communication and release of creative energy.”

In 2010, Kahle was diagnosed with cancer. It was during that time she was blessed with the awareness of how important art was to her and how she could touch other’s lives through it. This is when she decided to pursue her dream of building a pottery studio to work and teach from and travel to art festivals. Kahle believes that creating art is her gift from God and that it is her responsibility to share it with others.

“I believe that creating a work of art that pleases or communicates in such a way that it positively impacts someone’s life is essential to an artist,” Kahle said.

Kahle's workShe said throwing on the potter’s wheel is what she enjoys the most. Kahle said she identifies most with functional pottery, which is pottery that is useful for purposes beyond decorative with pieces that include plates, platters, mugs, bowls, jugs and vases.

“It’s so relaxing for me that I get lost in the process and enter a world where time doesn’t exist, or should I say ‘time flies like the clay’,” Kahle mused. “I also enjoy creating pieces that are meant to be used in a person’s everyday life that they can also display as art.”

Kahle explained the form of a pottery piece is not only meant to be used but also can hold an artistic quality that when glazed can be a form of art on its own. She said glazing is an essential part of pottery that can create a look and a feeling that draws you in. Kahle said life’s experiences inspires her art as well as the drive to create a piece that positively impacts another person’s life.

“Over time, my art has evolved into works that are more functional and meant to be used in everyday life as well as being an aesthetically pleasing piece to display,” she stated. “My techniques and craftsmanship have improved over time, as well.”

Kahle said her mother is a huge influence in her art career.

 

“When I was a young child, my mother and I used to sit at the table and create art together,” Kahle recalled. “We would draw, paint and even sculpt.”

Kahle said she does not have a favorite artist; however, she likes how Georgia O’Keefe blended colors together in her paintings of flowers close up.

She said being out in nature is her place of inspiration and one of her most favorite and inspirational places is in Bluffton, SC, along the May River when the sun is setting.

“My most memorable responses come from custom pieces I have created in the past,” Kahle said excitedly. “I enjoy the challenge of creating the perfect piece for a client and hearing his/her reaction when they have used it or given it as a gift for someone special in their life.”

She says what she enjoys about the art world is that every artist is different and gifted in a slightly different way. Kahle enjoys sharing and learning from other artist.

“What I dislike about the art world is the lack of appreciation for the time and energy spent creating each piece,” she said.

Rather than following the advice of others, Kahle finds her inspiration through the word of God.

“Proverbs 3:5-6, which tells me to Trust in the Lord with all my heart and not my own judgments,” Kahle said. “Always let Him lead me and He will clear the road for me to follow.”

 

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0 #3 2014-02-23 07:03
Hi Sherrry, I met you at Daag's holiday Caft Bazaar. I love your work and this story enlightens me about the woman behind the clay. Many artists have an interesting story about life, such as yours. Your deep faith and commitment to your art.
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0 #2 2014-02-08 17:00
Love this !!!
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0 #1 2014-02-08 04:49
Sherry, Great story, am native of Delphos, now Chester Co., Pa. I love art, and always liked clay, but no talent for a finished piece. I do Sand Paintings, for some 30 yrs, and does relax, but pressure, to complete and satisfaction. Two stories about artists in 2 wks, you 2 ladies should help to revitalize "Main St. "D", by using Art workshop, and sales location, and "history" of "D".
Larry Ralston
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