By Melissa Moore

Sales and Marketing Manager

 

Upon first meeting Russ Harris and Karen Greenwaldt, you might immediately notice their delightful Southern accents. They now call Kendal at Granville home, but they recently moved to Kendal from North Carolina along with their beautiful rescue dog, Maggie. What you wouldn’t automatically guess about Russ and Karen are their amazing abilities to create pottery and art from different fibers.

        Both Russ and Karen are very nonchalant about their different talents, but seeing them firsthand, their modesty is immediately apparent. Karen takes different types of material, including felt to create whimsical dolls. Each of the dolls has their own back story, which are just as entertaining as the dolls themselves. Her ability to use household items in the doll’s creation, is truly something to see and admire. She also creates art through needle felting. At first glance, they appear to be paintings, but up close, the artistry and detail in the pieces are undeniable.

doll                                                                                                                     Karen's most recent creation

doll three                                                                                                                                         The Astronomy Professor who is teaching his student why Pluto is no longer a planet

fiber art                                                                                                                                                                                                  Karen's felt Work

        Russ has over thirty thousand pieces of pottery to his credit and speaking to him about it reveals his passion for his love of creating the pieces. He has acquired beautiful sets of pottery from the early nineteenth century, mostly from the Ohio area. Between his collected sets, and his personal pieces, it is a feast for the senses. A personal favorite is his Noah’s Ark, which showcases his attention to detail.

pottery                                                                                                                 One of Russ' pieces

noahs ark                                                                                                                   Russ' Noah's Ark

                                                                                                

        Kendal is very lucky to welcome Russ and Karen and their creativity and talent to our community. It is highly recommended to see their work in person, so if you get a chance, stop by and see them.

collcctions                                                                                                  Most of these are Karen's creations