The jack-o-lantern is a cherished piece made by one of our favorite Georgia potters, Shelby West. Shelby’s work is normally southern folk pottery with an ash glaze, but for Halloween, he creates some unglazed pieces with personality. A watering can on an old stool created a fun vignette which says “Welcome to Our Home,” country style. The photo was printed on cotton fabric, free-motion machine stitched; then embellished with paint, hand embroidery, and beads.
The image is bordered with hand-dyed Cherrywood fabric, layered on linen canvas, then on a remnant of an old quilt. The orange in the old quilt (a basket pattern) made it the perfect backdrop. The piece measures 15” x 17”. A portion of a vintage napkin with delicate appliqué in the corner serves as the label on the back. I tilted this one October Welcome.